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shell Rotella T6 - ok to use?

about to perform my first oil change on my 03 Ducati 749 and came across this at my local Meijer Store:

SHELL Rotella T6 Synthetic Engine Oil, Gal. | West Marine

Is this ok to use for our bikes? I live in Chicago and only ride from April to November and the bike is stored indoors - if any of that matters. Please help and let me know if ok to use? It's 5w40 and it says "heavy duty diesel engine oil".

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Put the original closed clutch cover back on and you won't get confused thinking its a diesel engine

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Make your own mind up with the guidance of the oil manufacturers if you should use an oil designed for a diesel engine in a petrol engine! No one on here will know more than the oil companies that is why they make different oils for diesels and petrols. My modern diesel car uses a 5w30 diesel oil as standard and I would never put petrol oil in that. Do you have some difficulty in finding some petrol oil?
If you decide that you, or someone here knows better, then you may as well see if a different fuel will work too.
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about to perform my first oil change on my 03 Ducati 749 and came across this at my local Meijer Store:

SHELL Rotella T6 Synthetic Engine Oil, Gal. | West Marine

Is this ok to use for our bikes? I live in Chicago and only ride from April to November and the bike is stored indoors - if any of that matters. Please help and let me know if ok to use? It's 5w40 and it says "heavy duty diesel engine oil".
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Why not just go to a store that sells the correct oil for you bike... or am I missing something here?

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not always the case Davy.. but the Shell sticker on the bike is what people follow.. and you can't get the Shell stuff in most of USA.

Add to this the perceived need for Synth so some people, not intending to meand the OP.. see Shell Synth on the sticker and Shell Synth on the bottle at Pep Boys... so it MUST be the same.

Some people tend to get all bent out of shape because they don't realise it's just a commercial tie up between manufacturers and suppliers..

This is not always the case and your opinion may vary depending on the density of your living room curtains.

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It doesn't have to be Shell but it pays to follow the manufacturers recommendation regarding type and viscosity, no matter what colour your living room curtains.
Pays to read the handbook.

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I wouldn't use below a 10W40 in a bike engine.

My $0.02.... couldn't not reply in an oil thread !!
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I used it last year in some bikes and felt they didn't shift as well, especially my Busa but also the SS. I will switch to something else in those bikes.

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