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DUCATI 748/996


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  • Page 1 Owner’s manual DUCATI 748/996...
  • Page 3 Ducati motorcycle for long information contained herein is valid at the time of going journeys as well as short daily trips. Ducati Motor s.p.a to print. Ducati Motor S.p.A. reserves the right to make wishes you smooth and enjoyable riding.
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    TABLE OF CONTENTS Tank filler plug 18 Seat catch and helmet hook 19 Side stand 21 Steering damper 22 Front fork adjusters 22 Rear shock absorber adjusters 24 Changing motorcycle track alignement 25 General Directions for use Warranty 6 Running-in recommendations 26 Symbols 6 Pre-ride checks 28 Useful information for safe riding 7...
  • Page 5 Charging the battery 45 Routine maintenance record Adjusting headstock angle 46 Chain tension inspection 47 Chain lubrication 47 Replacing bulbs 48 Beam setting 51 Tubeless Tyres 52 Checking engine oil level 53 Cleaning and replacing the spark plugs 54 Cleaning the motorcycle 55 Storing the bike away 56 Important notes 56 Technical data...
  • Page 6: General

    Ducati Motor S.p.A. advises you to read this manual carefully so as to become familiar with your motorcycle. In case of any doubts, please call a Ducati Dealer or Authorized Workshop. The information contained herein will prove useful on your trips - and Ducati Motor S.p.A.
  • Page 7: Useful Information For Safe Riding

    Useful information for safe riding lane in good time using the suitable turn indicators. Be sure you are clearly visible and do not ride within the Warning blind spot of vehicles ahead. Read this section before riding your motorcycle. Be very careful when tackling road junctions, or when riding in the areas near exits from private grounds, car Accidents are frequently due to inexperience.
  • Page 8: Carrying The Max Load Allowed

    Carrying the maximum load allowed Your motorcycle is designed for long-distance riding, carrying the maximum load allowed in full safety. Even weight distribution is critical to preserving safety features and avoiding trouble when performing sudden manoeuvres or riding on bumpy roads. Information about carrying capacity The total weight of the motorcycle in running order including rider, pillion passenger, luggage and additional...
  • Page 9: Identification Data

    Identification data All Ducati motorcycles have two identification numbers, for frame (fig. 1.1) and engine (fig. 1.2). Frame number Engine number Note These numbers identify the motorcycle model and are required when ordering spare parts. fig. 1.1 fig. 1.2...
  • Page 10: Controls

    CONTROLS Warning This section details the position and function of all the controls you need to drive your motorcycle. Be sure to read this information carefully before you use the controls. Position of motorcycle controls (fig. 2) 1) Instrument panel. 2) Key-operated ignition switch and steering lock.
  • Page 11: Instrument Panel

    Instrument panel (fig. 3) Important Speedometer (km/h or mph). Stop riding if the temperature reaches the max. Gives road speed. value, otherwise the engine might damage. a) Odometer (km or miles). Gives total distance covered. When parking light is on, the instrument panel is lighted. b) Trip meter (km or miles).
  • Page 12: Keys

    Keys (fig. 4) Key-operated ignition switch and steering lock Your Ducati was delivered with two universal keys for (fig. 5) ignition, steering lock and seat catch and a key It is located in front of the fuel tank and has four identification plate.
  • Page 13: Left Switch

    Left switch (fig. 6) 1) Switch, light switch, 3 positions: Down = light off; Centre = front and rear parking light, number plate light and panel lights on; = headlamp, front and rear parking light, number plate light and panel lights on. Note This device is not fitted on the Australia and Japan versions.
  • Page 14: Clutch Lever

    Cold start button (fig. 8) Clutch lever (fig. 7) This device is on throttle control. Push the button (3) to Lever (1) disengages the clutch. The clutch lever is enable control. In this way, the throttle control (4) will provided with a dial adjuster (2) for lever distance lightly turn, thus increasing the engine rotation speed.
  • Page 15: Right Switch

    Right switch (fig. 9) Front brake lever (fig. 9) G) Switch for ENGINE STOP, two positions: Pull in the lever (4) towards the twistgrip to operate the position (RUN) = run. front brake. The system is hydraulically operated and you position (OFF) = stop.
  • Page 16: Rear Brake Pedal

    Rear brake pedal (fig. 10) Gear change pedal (fig. 11) Push down on the pedal (1) with your foot to operate the The gear change pedal is at rest when in the central rear brake. position N, is moved up and down to change gears and The system is hydraulically operated.
  • Page 17: Main Components And Devices

    MAIN COMPONENTS AND DEVICES Location (fig. 12) 1) Tank filler plug. 2) Seat catch. 3) Side stand. 4) Hook for helmet fastening cable. 5) Steering damper. 6) Rear view mirrors. 7) Front fork adjusters. 8) Rear shock absorber adjusters. 9) Motorcycle track alignment linkage. fig.
  • Page 18: Tank Filler Plug

    Tank filler plug (fig. 13) Opening Lift the protection lid (1) and fit the ignition key into the lock. Turn the key clockwise 1/4 turn to unlock. Lift the plug. Closing Refit the plug with the key in it and push it down into its seat.
  • Page 19: Seat Catch And Helmet Hook

    Seat catch and helmet hook Opening (fig. 14.1 and fig. 14.3) Fit the ignition key into the lock (1) and turn the key clockwise. Pull gently the tail guard (2) outwards and lift it until it rests onto the fuel tank. On the rear end of the compartment underneath the seat, there is the helmet fastening cable.
  • Page 20 (3) – integral with the fairing - to catch the pins (4) – integral with the frame, until you hear the catch click. Pull the tail guard gently up to make sure it is firmly secured to the frame. fig. 14.3 996/748 fig. 14.4...
  • Page 21: Side Stand

    Side stand (fig. 15) Warning The motorcycle can be started only if the side stand Important is in “rest” position as it is equipped with a safety device Before lowering the side stand, make sure that the preventing engine start if the stand is down. bearing surface is hard and flat.
  • Page 22: Steering Damper

    Steering damper (fig. 16) Front fork adjusters The steering damper is before the tank and is secured to The front fork has rebound and compression damping the frame and the steering head. adjusters. It gives improved steering accuracy and stability, thus also improving motorcycle road behavior under any riding This adjustment is done using the outer adjusters: conditions.
  • Page 23 STANDARD factory setting is as follows: compression: 12 clicks; rebound: 11 clicks. Max. setting range for softest damping adjustment is 14 clicks (both for rebound and compression). To change the preload of the spring inside each fork leg, turn the hex. adjusting nut (2) with a 22-mm (0.87-in.) hexagon wrench.
  • Page 24: Rear Shock Absorber Adjusters

    Turn the adjusters (1 and 2) clockwise to increase damping, anticlockwise to reduce it. STANDARD setting for 996, 996S, 748S: turn the adjusters (1and 2) all the way in (clockwise) then slacken them 1 turn. STANDARD setting for 748: turn the adjusters (1and 2) all the way in (clockwise) then slacken them 12 clicks.
  • Page 25: Changing Motorcycle Track Alignement

    Changing motorcycle track alignment (fig. 19.2) Motorcycle track alignment is the result of tests carried out under different riding conditions by our technical staff. Modifying factory setting is a very delicate operation, which may lead to serious damages if carried out by unskilled people.
  • Page 26: Directions For Use

    During the first 1000 km/621 miles, keep an eye on the warranty card should be observed carefully. revolution meter. The indicator must not exceed: Failure to comply with these rules will release Ducati 6500-7000 rpm (748); Motor S.p.A. from any liability whatsoever for resulting 5500-6000 rpm (996).
  • Page 27 After 2500 km/1553 miles After running-in, never exceed the following values during the motorcycle standard use: 11500 rpm (748); 10000 rpm (996). Strict observance of running-in recommendations will ensure longer engine life and reduce the likelihood of overhauls and tune-ups.
  • Page 28: Pre-ride Checks

    Warning as follows: In case of malfunctioning, do not start the Fuel level in the tank motorcycle and call a DUCATI Dealer or Authorized Check fuel level in the tank. Workshop. Fill tank if needed (page 33). Engine oil level Check oil level in the sump through the sight glass.
  • Page 29: Starting The Engine

    Starting the engine Note Follow the “High ambient temperature” procedure to start the engine when it is warm. Warning Before starting the engine, become familiar with the controls you will need to use when riding. Regular ambient temperature (10 to 35°C / 50 to 95°F): 1) Move the ignition key to ON (fig.
  • Page 30 2) Press the button (1, fig. 21.2) on the throttle control. 3) Check that the stop switch (3, fig. 21.3) is positioned (RUN), then press the starter button (4). Let the engine start without using the throttle control. Important Never operate the electric start button more than 5 seconds at a time.
  • Page 31: Moving Off

    Moving off Braking 1) Disengage the clutch squeezing the control lever. Slow down in time, shift down to engine-brake first and 2) Push down on gear change lever sharply with the tip then brake applying both brakes. Pull the clutch lever of your foot to engage the first gear.
  • Page 32: Stopping The Motorcycle

    Parking Stopping the motorcycle Stop and park the motorcycle on the side stand (see If you let go of the throttle twistgrip, the motorcycle will page 21). slow down gradually and smoothly. Then, shift down To avoid theft, turn the handlebar fully left and block it by releasing the clutch, and finally change from first to pushing in the ignition key and turning it to the LOCK neutral.
  • Page 33: Refueling

    Refueling (fig. 22) Never overfill the tank when refueling. Fuel should never be touching the rim of filler recess. Warning Be sure there is no fuel trapped in the filler recess. Max level fig. 22...
  • Page 34: Maintenance

    MAINTENANCE Tool kit and accessories (fig. 23) The compartment (1) under the tail guard holds: an Owner’s manual; a helmet fastening cable; a tool bag for usual maintenance and checks. fig. 23 To reach this compartment, the tail guard must be lifted by opening the catch (page 19).
  • Page 35: Routine Maintenance

    In these cases, maintenance work should be carried out more frequently. Call a Ducati Dealer or Authorized Workshop to have more information on your special needs.
  • Page 36 Operations Pre- After the first 1000 km/ Every Every Every delivery 620 miles 1000 km/ 10000 km/ 20000km/ or 6 months 620 miles 6200 miles 12400 miles Spark plugs Chain: tensioning and lubrication ( I) C/ L C/ L C/ L Timing belts ( I) General testing Flexible cables...
  • Page 37 Operations Pre- After the first 1000 km/ Every Every Every delivery 620 miles 1000 km/ 10000 km/ 20000km/ or 6 months 620 miles 6200 miles 12400 miles Valve clearance ( I) Rear wheel rubber cush drive damper ( I) Signaling and light system Coolant Battery liquid level General lubrication ( I)
  • Page 38: Main Maintenance Operations

    MAIN MAINTENANCE OPERATIONS Side body panels (fig. 25) To remove the body panels proceed as follows: disconnect the two connectors (1) joining the two body panels together; disconnect the four headlamp fairing connectors (2); disconnect the four frame connectors (3). Removing the fairing Some servicing operations need the motorcycle fairing to be removed.
  • Page 39 Headlamp fairing Undo the middle fastening screw (1, fig. 26.1) of the wing mirrors and remove them from the headlamp fairing supports. Undo the two fastening screws (2) of the headlight support and disconnect the four connectors (3) joining the two body panels together. Important At reassembly, apply “medium-strength threadlocker”...
  • Page 40: Cleaning And Changing Air Filters

    Cleaning and changing air filters (fig. 27.2) Replace air filters at the required intervals shown in the routine maintenance chart (see page 35). The air box is accessible after removing the body panels and the headlamp fairing (see page 38 and 39). Undo the eight fastening screws of the outer cover (1, fig.
  • Page 41: Checking The Coolant Level

    Checking the coolant level (fig. 28.1) Check the coolant level in the expansion reservoir, on the LH side of the motorcycle. The coolant level must be between the MAX and MIN marks. Top up if the level is too low. Remove the l.h.
  • Page 42: Checking Brake And Clutch Fluid Level

    Brake system If you find exceeding play on brake lever or pedal and brake pads are still in good condition, contact a Ducati Dealer or Authorized Workshop to have the system fig. 29 inspected and any air drained out of the circuit.
  • Page 43: Checking Brake Pads For Wear

    Work the controls to make sure the cable slides smoothly Important inside the sheath: if you feel any friction or hard spots, Have the brake pads replaced at a Ducati Dealer or have the cable replaced by a Ducati Dealer or Authorized Authorized Workshop.
  • Page 44: Throttle Cable Adjustment

    Throttle cable adjustment Checking battery electrolyte level (fig. 32) The throttle twistgrip must have a free play of 1.5 - 2 mm Remove the r.h. body panel to check battery liquid level / 0.06-0.09 in. measured at the edge of the twistgrip, at (see page 38).
  • Page 45: Charging The Battery

    Always connect the positive terminal (red) first. when handling the battery. Never use lighters, matches or similar to check the Charge the battery at 1.5 A. battery liquid level. When battery is charged, check electrolyte level in each Never invert cable connection. cell.
  • Page 46: Adjusting Headstock Angle

    (5). Tighten the screw (4) previously removed. Important The steering lock can be used only if the headstock tube is positioned at 24°30’. This adjustment is possible for 748S, 996 and 996S models only. fig. 33.2...
  • Page 47: Chain Tension Inspection

    The swingarm. seals might be irreparably damaged if the chain is If this is not the case, contact a Ducati Dealer or cleaned using any solvent other than those specific for Authorized Workshop for proper chain tensioning.
  • Page 48: Replacing Bulbs

    Replacing bulbs Before replacing a burnt-out bulb, make sure that the new one complies with voltage and wattage as specified on page 64, “Electric System”, for that lighting device. Always check for new bulb proper operation before refitting removed parts. Headlamp To gain access to headlamp bulbs proceed as follows: Disassembly:...
  • Page 49 Instrument panel (fig. 36) Reassembly: Remove the headlamp fairing (see page 39) to reach the insert the locating pegs of the bulb base into their seats instrument panel bulbs. to obtain correct alignment. One or two lamps are fitted under each instrument. Pull Hook the clip (4, fig.
  • Page 50 Number plate and stop light (fig. 38) Turn indicators fig. 37) To expose the number plate bulb, withdraw the lamp Remove the screw (1) and detach the glass (2) from the holder from the number plate holder, then extract the body.
  • Page 51: Beam Setting

    Beam setting (fig. 39.1) When checking the beam setting, put the motorcycle upright. Tyres should be inflated at the correct pressure and one person should be sitting astride the motorcycle, keeping it at right angles to its longitudinal axis. Place the motorcycle opposite a wall or a screen, 10 meters (394 in.) apart from it, then draw a horizontal line dictated by headlamp center and a vertical one in line with the...
  • Page 52: Tubeless Tyres

    Do not remove or shift the wheel balancing bumpy roads, increase tyre pressure by 0.2 - 0.3 bar/2.94 weights. - 4.41 psi. Note If tyres need replacing, contact a Ducati Dealer or Authorized Workshop to make sure wheels are removed and refitted correctly.
  • Page 53: Checking Engine Oil Level

    Remove any stones or other foreign bodies caught in the Refit the plug. tread. Important Engine oil and oil filters must be changed by a Ducati Dealer or Authorized Workshop at regular intervals (see page 35), as specified in the maintenance schedule. fig. 40 fig. 41...
  • Page 54: Cleaning And Replacing The Spark Plugs

    If color has altered or you find any dark deposits, change the spark plug and report this to a Ducati Dealer or Authorized Workshop. Check wear on the central electrode. If it looks worn out or has a vitreous appearance, change the spark plug.
  • Page 55: Cleaning The Motorcycle

    If you do not have a torque wrench, you can use the Cleaning the motorcycle wrench supplied with the tool kit to tighten the spark To preserve the finish of metal parts and paintwork, wash plug an additional 1/2 turn. and clean your motorcycle at regular intervals, anyway according to the road conditions you ride in.
  • Page 56: Storing The Bike Away

    Carry out any required inspection and replace any parts pour a few drops of engine oil into the cylinders through using Ducati original spare parts complying with local law. the spark plug seats, then crank the engine by hand a few times so a protective film of oil will spread on cylinder inner walls;...
  • Page 57: Technical Data

    TECHNICAL DATA Weights Dry weight: 196 kg/432 lb. (748); 198/436 lb. kg (996). Carrying full load: 375 kg/827 lb. Warning Failure to observe weight limits could result in poor Overall dimensions (mm/in.) (fig. 43) handling and impair the performance of your motorcycle, and you may lose control of the motorcycle.
  • Page 58: Top-ups

    4 cu dm (liters) / 1 US Gall. Oil sump and oil filter SHELL - Advance Ultra 4 3.4/0.9 (748) 3.8/1 (996) Front/Rear brake and clutch circuits Special fluid for hydraulic systems SHELL - Advance Brake DOT 4 Protectant for electric contacts...
  • Page 59: Engine

    4) Closing (or lower) rocker shim. 72 kW - 97HP at 11000 rpm (748). 5) Return spring for lower rocker. 82.3 kW - 112HP at 8500 rpm (996). 6) Closing (or lower) rocker. Max torque at crankshaft (95/1/CE): 7) Camshaft.
  • Page 60: Performance Data

    30/34-4 pistons. a correct running-in period with the motorcycle properly Friction material: serviced at the recommended intervals. FERIT I/D 450 FF (748); TOSHIBA TT 2802 (996) Max. speed (rider alone): Master cylinder type: 245 Km/h - 152 mph (748); PSC 16.
  • Page 61: Transmission

    However, if you wish to tune up your motorcycle for Transmission competitive trials, you may refer to Ducati Motor S.p.A. Dry clutch operated by a control lever on left handlebar. who will be glad to provide information about the special Drive is transmitted from engine to gearbox main shaft ratios available.
  • Page 62: Frame

    Front wheel Dimensions: For improved performance on track the headstock angle 3.50x17" can be changed (see page 46) on 748S, 996, 996S models, but it cannot be changed on 748 models. Rear wheel Dimensions: STANDARD steering setting for road riding is as follows: 5.50x17"...
  • Page 63: Tyres

    Front tyre Front Tubeless, radial tyre. Hydraulic upside-down fork provided with outer adjuster Size: for rebound, compression, and preload (for inner springs 120/60-ZR17 (748); 120/70-ZR17 (996). of fork legs). Stanchion diameter mm/in.: Rear tyre 43/1.7 Tubeless, radial tyre. Travel along leg axis: Size: 127 mm/5 in.
  • Page 64: Electric System

    Electric system Fuses Basic electric items are: The main fuse box (fig. 45.1) is located on the frame right front headlamp consisting of the following: side. 12V-55W low beam unit, poly-ellipsoidal with capacitor; To expose the fuses, take off the box protective cover. 12V-55W high beam unit;...
  • Page 65 fig. 45.1 fig. 45.3 IN GOOD CONDITION BLOWN fig. 45.2 fig. 45.4...
  • Page 66 Legend of the wiring diagram of electric 30) Timing/engine rpm pickup system/ignition 31) Water temperature sensor 1) Right switch 32) Injection/ignition unit 2) Key-operated switch 33) Injection relay fuses 3) Ignition relay 34) Regulator fuse 4) Fuse box 35) Regulator 5) Turn indicator flasher 36) Generator 6) Solenoid valve relay...
  • Page 67 Wire color coding Legend of fuse box (4) W-Y White-Yellow P Pink Pos. Description Rat. GR-Bk Grey-Black Y-G Yellow-Green Main switch 30 A G Green R-G Red-Green Cooling electric fan 7.5 A W-R White-Red O-Bk Orange-Black Left switch V-Bk Violet-Black Y Yellow High beam 15 A...
  • Page 68: For United States Of America Version Only

    Such use could lead to upset or other accident. Noise emission warranty Ducati Motor S.p.A. warrants that this exhaust system, at Reporting of safety defects the time of sale, meets all applicable U.S. EPA Federal If you believe that your vehicle has a defect which could noise standards.
  • Page 69 Tampering with Noise Control System Prohibited. Federal If you are aware of any of the following symptoms, have Law prohibits the following acts or causing thereof: the vehicle inspected and repaired by your local Ducati (1) the removal or rendering inoperative by any person, dealer.
  • Page 70 Riding safety When the roadway is wet, rely more on the throttle to The points given below are applicable for every day control vehicle speed and less on the front and rear motorcycle use and shoud be carefully observed for safe brakes.
  • Page 71 Do not inhale exhaust gases and never run the Vehicle identification number (V.I.N.); engine in a closed garage or confined area. Every Ducati motorcycle is identified by two identification Use only Ducati approved parts and accessories. numbers (see page 9). Figure A specifically shows the This motorcycle was not intended to be equipped with a identification numbers.
  • Page 72 Label location (fig. B) fig. B...
  • Page 74 California evaporation emission system This system consists of (fig. C): 1) Warm air inlet; 1) Canister; 2) Dell’Orto jet; 3) Fuel tank; c) Breather pipe; d) Drain pipe. Important In the event of fuel system malfunction, contact Ducati’s authorized Service Centres. fig. C...
  • Page 75 30 days. Any replacement part can Warranty defects shall be remedied during customary be used in an emergency repair. Ducati will reimburse the business hours at any authorized Ducati motorcycle owner for the expenses, including diagnosis, not to dealer located within the United States of America in exceed Ducati’s suggested retail price for all warranted...
  • Page 76 Ducati recommended time allowance for the warranty repair and dealer. Ducati shall not be liable for any other expenses, the geographically appropriate hourly labor rate. The loss or damage, whether direct, incidental, consequential...
  • Page 77 However, Ducati is not liable for these parts. The owner is responsible for the performance of all required maintenance. Such maintenance may be performed at a service establishment or by any individual. The warranty period begins on the date the motorcycle is delivered to an ultimate purchaser.
  • Page 79 913.7.065.1B DUCATIMOTOR spa Stampato 09/1999 Via Cavalieri Ducati, 3 40132 Bologna, Italy Tel 39.051.6413111 Fax 39.051.406580 Internet:

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