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Hi. In the our region we usually use two type of synthetic oil 10W40 for liquid cooling engines and 20W50 for air cooling. 15W50 fits for both systems. Change interval is 5000-6000 km is normal for it, if you dont use bikes often as racing bikes on the tracks. I use Eni brand.
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I use shell advance 15w50 and change it every year or 12000km as per ducati manual. I have never had a problem with this oil on a air cooled engine all year. My winters are here around 5-10C and summers around 28-35C


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I also read the blog from 540 rat about his oil testing. I'm inclined to believe in his totally independent results more than what a company says about their or a competitors oil. He actually purchased the oils tested or people sent it to him so it is off the shelf stuff and no bias.
Based on his findings I've been using Castrol 20w-50 long life which is formulated for higher mileage engines. I have had the oil tested after 6000 km and it came back all within normal range with minimal viscosity drop and most of the zddp still available.

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Any full synthetic that is formulated for motorcycles will be fine. If you have a dry clutch, you donít even need the oil to be formulated for motorcycles. I used whatever motorcycle synthetic was available in my M900 Monster, changed at 5K to 6K typically (but sometimes as long as 8K), for the 24 years and 265K miles I had that bike, and it never needed a rebuild of the engine or transmission. Your needs probably wonít exceed that.

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