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So getting close to the 600miles oil change. Went to the local dealer, and he wanted $20 per liter for Motul 10w40. 300V (full synthetic)

I don't fancy getting bent over. What standard must our oil be ? API SL and JASO MA-2 ?

Shell Advance 4T is not an easy find here.

I was thinking about just getting Castrol Power RS full synthetic since i can get nearly 6 Litres for $60 delivered. And its popular here in the USA.

Or just getting the 10w50 Liquid Moly 4T Fully synthetic 4L for $47

Or am i just being a cheapskate and i should just get the 300V 4L for $60
 

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The Scrambler only uses approximately 3 Liters of oil.. buy the Castrol and change at recommended intervals or even more frequently and you are good to go. Your problem will be resetting the service light which only Ducati can do.. (unless you have the Rexxer or another way to clear the code).
 

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How annoying ! So what do DIYers do ? take it to their dealer and ask them to turn off the light? will they do that and not charge you ? or hold it against you cos you've taken the initiative to save money and change your own oil. I'm not spending $600 on a Rexxer. Every other manufacture of cars allow the user to reset the service indicator. Not that, thats going to help me.

Feeling quite annoyed right now.. Is there a database for Rexxer cable owners anywhere ? Example i have a Vag-Com cable for VW cars, and i list myself on a site as having one if anyone needs codes or what not.
 

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BTW how exactly does this service light act ? Like will it be annoying as in flashing throughout your ride, or does it just come on at the start ? I'm only on 480miles but will probably be on 600 1st oil change by the time the week is out.
 

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Once thru the start-up, you'll just have an oil can icon on the display, no constant flashing.

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I'll call my local dealer today and see if they'll turn off that light for free ! Thing is i didn't buy the bike from them. Heck not even the oil, with what they were charging. Only the filter :)

Failing that i'll have to learn to live with it.

Now does anyone know if it comes on annually regardless of mileage ? I have a few bikes in my stable, so the Scrambler will probably only see a couple of thousand miles per yr. So once i get past the 600 mile service, if by mileage i won't have to worry about the indicator for another 7400 miles.. Which will be a few yrs. Even though i'll change the oil annually, it'll be nice to know that i don't have to worry about the indicator til i hit 7,500. Or is it time dependent regardless of mileage ?
 

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Well i just went ahead and ordered the Motul 10w40 300v, 4L for $60 delivered. Amazon. For the sake for $20, at least the dealer can't say anything about 'well you used the wrong oil' if i use the exact same stuff they use.

I record all my oil changes on my iphone/gopro, just incase one day they ask for evidence that i actually did the oil change, on any of my cars / bikes. Would be nice to figure out a way to turn off the service reminder light when it comes on. Is this a typical Ducati trait ? Not had a Ducati for over 14yrs, which was a Monster 750 back in 2002
 

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I elected to drain the oil at 1006m mark and refill with 20W50 Mobile 1 V-Twin available at Walmart for about $12/quart and a filter from the dealer. The break in oil was really dirty and like has been noted by others a couple minute metal shavings stuck to the magnetic drain plug. Thanks to "silverluxe" for excellent detailed write up how to perform this maintenance. The guy at the Duc shop was willing to plug in his diagnostic tool and reset the service light on the spot no charge. Unfortunately it was closing time on a Saturday so will have to wait till Spring. In hindsight thinking a 10W30 weight motor oil meeting Ducati specs would be a better choice for the local climate and my riding habits, relatively short jaunts and the occasional blast down a twisty. Lubrication technology has come a long way and thinking probably giving up some horsepower and fuel economy churning a crankcase and gear box full of high viscosity racing oil. Maybe justified in hot climates and extreme conditions. Bike is equipped with a really impressive looking oil cooler.
 

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I happened to be in Walmart today, and they had some Valvoline 4T SAE10w40 full synthetic under $9 per quarter.

So for an oil change it would be under $36. + your filter.

It apparently exceeds API Services SJ/SG/SF, JASO MA2

Oil is always a funny argument. People swear by a certain brand. Yet, they've not ran the bike for 100k cut the engine open and done a proper analysis. Which is really what's needed before ANYONE can say this or that oil is better than this or that oil.

The only people who may of done that extensive sort of testing is the manufacturer. However they're saying Shell, and we can't get that for jack out here in the US.

With all that being said, I still coughed up $60 for 4L of Motul 300V, just because its what the dealer uses lol.
 
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