Engine oil is critical to keeping your Ducati motorcycle running smoothly, effectively and reliably. Your hardworking Ducati generates huge amounts of heat and friction as it revs, and it would quickly tear the engine apart without proper lubrication of a number of components. That’s why it’s important to maintain the correct level and quality of oil through regular checks and oil changes, as well as ensuring you have the right grade.
How Often Should I Change My Oil?
There are a few factors that will affect how often you change your Ducati’s engine oil:
Mileage versus time: Riders that rack up the miles in a short time will find they need to change their motorcycle engine oil more often than occasional riders. That's why it's difficult to fix precise guidelines for everyone. Instead, your Ducati's owner’s manual will recommend an oil change by a certain mileage or time interval, whichever comes first. Frequent riders will usually hit the mileage milestone first, while less-frequent riders will change their oil according to the time interval.
Seasonal riding: Riders that live in warmer climates and are lucky enough to be able to ride year-round can follow the above guidelines, while riders that put their motorcycle away for winter or ride in cooler weather may need to consider an oil change for winterizing their Ducati.
In general, an oil change within the first 1,000 miles is recommended. This is because during the break-in period, all your engine’s components can create fine metallic bits that will contaminate the oil. Your Ducati manual suggests performing a first oil change at 650 miles, and we would suggest you follow that guideline. It’s also important to follow other Ducati recommendations during the break-in period — such as maximum speeds, revs and time limits — before the first oil change to ensure long-term reliability of your motorcycle.
After the first oil change, opinions vary greatly on how often you should change the oil in your Ducati. The manufacturer suggests every 7,500 miles, though many enthusiasts will argue this is too long and that an oil change every 3,000-4,000 miles is the best way to minimize wear on your engine, especially if you ride hard and push your Ducati to its limits. No matter how many miles you go, always remember to change your engine oil at least once a year, as oil breaks down over time, even when you’re not riding.
What Is the Best Oil for Your Ducati?
Ducati is one of the leading performance motorcycle manufacturers in the world. Their choice for your ride is Shell Advance, an advanced high-performance engine oil specially engineered for the high-performance nature of your Ducati Monster, Panigale, Diavel, or other Ducati engine. While many owners stick with this oil, others choose to use different brands.
The most critical factor when choosing an engine oil is getting the viscosity right. Always check your owner's manual and select an oil viscosity that is suggested by Ducati. This is critical to maintaining optimal performance and long-term reliability of your bike.
Changing Your Oil Filter
Make sure to change your oil filter during every oil change. Your filter strains out all dirt and debris, and needs to be clean to work effectively to trap dirt while still allowing adequate oil to flow back to your engine. The few bucks you save reusing a filter are thrown right out the window if you have performance or durability issues down the road. Also, make sure you are purchasing the right filter in terms of fitment and part number, since small differences in filter grade can make a big difference to your engine.
Always Check Your Owner’s Manual
If there’s one thing to remember, it’s that you should always check your owner’s manual and be sure you’re respecting Ducati’s recommendations for oil viscosity, grade and change intervals. If you have any questions or would like some more advice, feel free to contact our team here at Design Corse. We’ll do what we can to help you keep your Ducati in top performance condition. We also have a variety of aftermarket parts as well, such as oil plug caps, if you want to replace or upgrade your stock parts. Check out our inventory today!
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