Lately I've been reading about oil characteristics and it bothers me that ducati claim the need to change oil every 15000km but the major oil processors reckon the oil characteristics drop off at 6000km. That's less than half the ducati service cycle.
Who out there are doing intermediate oil changes? Only the oil or filter and oil?
Maybe it's due to a lower revving twin as opposed to an inline 4...? Just throwing out a guess, here.
It's 8,000 for the CBR as well.
I think the oil lasts longer than we think. We're just brainwashed into thinking oil only lasts 3-5k miles. I mean, I'm pretty sure the engineers and materials scientists have done their research on the oil's and the engine's thresholds. Yet, we're always contradicting ourselves with lines like, "The manual says to do this; they know what they're talking about," then, "The manufacturer just wants to make more money off parts."
Personally, I do 5k miles in every vehicle. It helps me keep track and gives me something to do. If I were still young and broke, I'd do 10k on cars and 8k on bikes.
Yeah, that's what I mean. The reason that Ducati's interval is longer is due to less revving as compared to an I4. Less changing required due to lower revs. I agree, too, that I think oil lasts longer than we think, especially full synthetic. Couple that with better, more precise manufacturing and we need to change it less.
I was meaning to change my oil at 6000k but missed it, now by the time I get back from RHINO,s EPIC TRIPS 2018 no1 I will Reach my 15000k it does bother me in the back of my mind as I'm just used to shorter intervals.