Question about 2005 Ducati Supersport 1000 DS

1 Answer

Oil type what oil should I use?

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.

  • Master
  • 2,712 Answers

There have got to be as many opinions on oil choice as there are motorcyclists. The Owners Manual says to use SHELL Advance Ultra 4, SAE 20w-50, but it also says "Engine oil and oil filters must be changed by a Ducati dealer or authorized workshop at regular intervals,as specified in the routine maintenance schedule" so take that for what you will. Some will swear on Uncle Zeke's grave that $11/qt Agip synthetic is the only thing that should go in your fine Italian machine and others will berate you as a fool for using anything more pricey than .89 cent/qt Valvoline dino oil from AutoZone. I've seen claims that "Most motorcycle oils are SG/SH and JASO MA rated where most auto oils are now SJ/SH rated and not JASO rated at all" implying that newer Automotive oils are not designed with motorcycles at all. The truth is that most of what I've read (like the MCN article link below) on the subject says that under most conditions and by most criteria, there's not a lot of difference between quality automotive oils and motorcycle specific oils. I personally think that changing your oil regularly is more important than what oil you use. One thing that seems to be in almost universal agreement is that for the first 600 mile break-in period a non-synthetic oil should be used to help "hone-in" the cylinder walls. Since your new Ducati should have come from the dealership with oil in it, this shouldn't be a big worry for most. That said, I personally choose to use Redline Performance SAE 10w-40 full synthetic in all of my motorcycles and my Jeep. I've been running it in my Monster 750 since 600 miles and I haven't had any mechanical issues with the bike. Some people have claimed to have had problems with using full synthetic oils in wet clutch bikes, but Redline is specifically formulated with an additive for wet clutch motorcycles. My personal Ducati Guru, Mike Lancaster at Ducs-R-Us, once told me that he uses Agip in all of his bikes (Hey... He's the one that started me on Redline!) but that it was more because he got it at cost than because he thought it was significantly better. He said that if he didn't get performance motorcycle oils at cost, he'd have no problem just filling them up with Mobile-1. Bottom line: Ask around, do your own research, and then you can join the oil crusades yourself.

Posted on Nov 20, 2008

1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

What type of motor oil does the Tao Tao use?

If it is a 4 cycle engine the engine oil is 10w40 oil designed for use in a motorcycle not automotive oil. it is a 4 cycle engine if it has a dipstick near the muffler to check the engine oil.

Feb 22, 2015 | Motorcycles

1 Answer

Locating oil drain plug

Hi if its an old type H.D the oil drain plug is on the oil tank as these engine s are dry sump type as aginst a wet sump type, dont know about the newer ones

Sep 02, 2011 | Harley Davidson FXDWG Dyna Wide Glide...

2 Answers

In changing 2005 Harley Heritage Model FLSTCI fork oil, how many ounces of fork oil should I use? What does wet or dry mean?

I'm sorry but I don't have the specs on the quantity and type of fork oil for your year and model bike. I work on the older bikes that the dealers will no longer service. But, I can describe the difference between the "wet" and "dry" conditions of the fork assembly. If you take the front forks apart, clean them out, and put them back together with no oil in them, they are considered "dry". For a simple drain and refill type oil change on them where you don't get all the oil out of them, they are considered "wet". I hope this helps, You can call you local dealer's service department and they should tell you the quantity and viscosity of the oil that goes in the front forks on your machine. They'll tell you something like 6 ounces of "Type E" oil, for example. Harley-Davidson uses these types of specs to describe their oils. If you go to a website for fork oil, like PJ1, they may give a cross reference or equivalency chart for converting H-D "Type E" to their oil. I think that would be their 30 weight oil. If the front end seems too "stiff" with 30 weight, you can drop down to 20 weight. I think Honda makes a 25 weight but not sure. Your Harley won't mind the Honda oil. BG.

Good Luck

Aug 23, 2011 | 2005 Harley Davidson FLSTC - FLSTCI...

1 Answer

What wieght oil for a 1986 moto 4 225 and how much

The Recommended Oil & Weights are:

Yamalube 4 (20W40) or Yamalube (10W30) you can also use SAE type motor oil 20W40 or 10W30.

The total amounts are:

Dry 1.3L or 1.4 US qt

Periodic Oil Change without filter 1.0L or 1.1 US qt

With oil filter replacement 1.1L or 1.2 US qt

Note: Recommended engine oil classification; API Service "SE", "SF" type or equivalent.

Mar 02, 2011 | 2002 Yamaha TT-R 225

1 Answer

What oil type to use when changing engine oil in a c50 boulevard?

Standard oil to use id SAE10W30 or SAE 10W40.
If you are still in doubt go to your local motorcycle dealer and ask the question as the normally are willing to tell you the oil type for your particular bike. Good enough?

May 21, 2010 | Motorcycles

3 Answers

For a honda 125 cbr how often do I change the oil and what type does it need?

oil change: every 1000km
oil type: silkolene comp 4 10w/30
quanity oil: 1000mls

Nov 03, 2009 | 2005 Honda CBR 125 R

1 Answer

I have KYMCO S 200 and need to know what needs serviceing at 300 miles. What type of oil to use in engine and gearbox and what type filter if needed.

At 300 miles the only thing you might want to do is check the gearbox oil level and then lube and adjust the chain. Check with the dealer on the filter type. As to what type of oil, use 10w40 motor oil in the gear box. Don't use any synthetic oils, oil marked "EC", or oil with "special" additives. Stick with the major brands; Pennzoil, Quaker State, Mobil or Shell. If in a hot area like Texas or New Mexico go with 20w50.
Please rate my answer. Thanks!

Oct 27, 2009 | Kymco People S 200 Motorcycles

1 Answer

When changing the oil, how many quarts and what type of oil is used?

Most engines have it stamped in block ,beside oil fill hole example on oil bottle should say 936 ml on quart bottle.Most suzukis over 750cc use 3.9 quarts of oil. DO NOT USE SYNTHETIC OILS..will cause clutch slippage ..Also look under seat,most bikes have a sticker with oil capacity,filter type,spark plug type

Jul 25, 2009 | 1998 Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder

1 Answer

We have a 1997 savage that the air filter was soaked in oil. what are some of the reasons for this?

Hi barhulin

Firstly, some types of after market filters are designed to be run with oil impregnation.

It is a foam Uni Pod type filter designed to be run soaked in oil.

If it is a paper type Pod, then some of these type can be run with the correct filter oil. I use an aerosol spray oil here in Australia to keep our famous "Bull Dust" out. They are often run dry.
If it has the standard paper type OEM production filter and air box fitted, then it should not have any oil on it.
If it does then it will probably relate to oil getting into the air box from the crankcase breather. First thing to check is that the oil is not over the full mark. You will get excessive misting in the oil if the sump is too full. If the oil level is alright, it may have already blown off the excess. Clean out the air box and filter and take it for a ride and get it nice and hot. Then recheck for oil in the air box. If there is still oil appearing and the level is good, then you may have a crankcase pressure problem from blow by. This is generally indicative of failing compression rings or worn piston/sleeve/rings in combinations. Do a compression test of the engine. Low compression will tell you that soon you may have a top end rebuild on your hands. Happy to answer any other questions you may have,. Cheers


Dec 17, 2008 | 1997 Suzuki LS 650 Savage

Not finding what you are looking for?
2005 Ducati Supersport 1000 DS Logo

242 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Ducati Experts

Arnie Burke
Arnie Burke

Level 3 Expert

4514 Answers

Gino Cussen
Gino Cussen

Level 2 Expert

216 Answers


Level 3 Expert

67912 Answers

Are you a Ducati Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides