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Interesting piece. While it's true you can't hurt your engine by changing your oil too often, this guy jumps to 100% synthetic way too early, in our humble opinions. Some of those synths are so "good" they'll pretty much stop break-in right then and there, and 50 miles really isn't enough time. We'd say at least 1000 miles before using 100% synth, but if you want to change oil and filter every 20 feet go ahead.



He doesn't distinguish between water-cooled vs. air-cooled engines. A/C will have more noticeable changes during break in, due to their greater tolerances (i.e. bigger gaps in ring spacing, piston to bore etc.) and we'd be a little more conservative before pounding them. Especially with an older design like Ducati's 620, essentially an early-80's Pantah variant. After break-in, though, that motor seems to run a lot better if you beat the tar out of it instead of babying it.

 

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Under no circumstances are you to do any full-throttle shenanigans on any air-cooled engine until it's fully warmed up, whether new or with 100,000 miles, unless you really enjoy oil blowing past all the seals and gaskets.
 
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