Don't know about that particular oil, but I use fully synthetic Mobil-1 15w-50 oil and I change it every 3,000 miles. I have waited as long as 5,000 with no ill effect (oil was pretty thick when I changed it though!).oldguy said:My ST-3 has the dealer recommended BG Semi Synthetic oil in it after the 600 mi. dealer service. Any recommendations on a safe change interval on this stuff? I'm coming up on 3,000 miles and ready to change it, but thought I would ask.
You assume correctly, in my case: I have a dry clutch. If you have a wet clutch, the thing you don't want in your oil is friction modifiers. You can tell if an oil has friction modifiers (in the USA, anyway) by looking at the little round emblem on the container. You don't want to see the words "energy conserving" anywhere. Friction modifiers apparently have the tendancy to cause a oil-bathed clutch to slip. When I had a wet clutch motorcycle, I ran Shell Rotella T full synthetic. Rotella T does not have friction modifiers and it is not motorcycle-specific.Dna said:For you Mobil 1 users, I assume you are riding dry clutch bikes? My understanding is with the Wet Clutch set up you do need to go Moto specific on the oil - with syn being the choice over dino. This was the case on the Beemers, I assume the same here.
Dino is a not quite accurate nickname for non-synthetic. Actually almost all synthetics possess some out of the earth oil. Not sure about semi-synthetic.oldguy said:Mark, what is Dino oil? I'm using semi-syn. Can I safely go over 3K on an oil change.
You're welcome. By the way, 2004 was the last year that Ducati STs were fitted with a dry clutch. I'm just pointing that out in case you see conflicting information out there.Dna said:Sperho - thanks for the info, that helps clarify the story. I am reluctant to spend the extra $'s on moto oil, as the up charge for the label is excruciating. Moving from the Beemer to the Duc, I realized that I would need to look around for an alternative - this helps in my quest.