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I know there is a million and one oil threads on here but I don't know if this particular one has discussed before, I couldn't find a thread but if ther is one just let me know. Anyway, I got my bike and I don't know what the last owner used for oil. Ive tried to get in touch with him but its a complicated situation, Anyway, I was wondering if he didn't use full synthetic is it safe to go straight to a full syn oil or should I first do a syn blend and then go to a full syn. Or if he did and I used nonsynthetic, but changed the oil after say 1K miles would that cause any damage. Ive heard that once a full syn has been used you are suppose to ween it back to regular oil slowly. I plan to use a full synthetic but I want to do some more research to find out which is the best to use. Everyone seems to have their own opinion so I need to form my own opinoin.
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Switch to amsoil and don't look back. Just remember that just because you use sync... doesn't mean you don't have to change it less often!!!!




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Yeah I actually have to resist the urge to change my oil. Everytime It rains I want to do something with my bike so I think I should go ahead and change the oil. Even though I just changed it. So changing it TOO often is more of a problem. But basically if it wasn't a full syn before and I switch to a full syn it won't be bad for the bike, correct?
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Use what ever you want. Just get the right weight.

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Use what ever you want. Just get the right weight.
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15-40? Thats what most people I talk to use.
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It should say in your manual what weight to use. My Gixxer uses 10w40.



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I know I don't have a manual and I can't seem to find one. Ill have to try to look it up on the net.
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My guess is 10w40.



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Whats up guys. Frost....good question because I was about to ask the same question. I don't know what the previous owner used in my bike and I am creeping up on 1K miles on my new bike. I most defiantly want to use full synthetic, but I didn't know if I should ease into it.

After reading this thread...I am going to find the best 10W-40 Full Syntetic I can find and get riding.

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Whats up guys. Frost....good question because I was about to ask the same question. I don't know what the previous owner used in my bike and I am creeping up on 1K miles on my new bike. I most defiantly want to use full synthetic, but I didn't know if I should ease into it.

After reading this thread...I am going to find the best 10W-40 Full Syntetic I can find and get riding.

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Just make sure its "heavy Duty" oil, also often referred to as Disel oil, (you should be familiar with anything Disel run) or one that is formulated for bikes. I think thats right anyway, I know I need it for my bike but I guess it may be diffrent for older bikes. Any advice on that? there is another thread on here where someone posted and article written by a guy who listed a bunch of oils that were good for bikes. I don't remember the name of it but if you do a search for "motorcycle oil" it should come up in there somewhere. Hey what type of oil did you guys use on your buddies ninja? I gotta get down there and see that beast sometime.
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Don't use any diesel oils in your bike. Most all oils today are compatible for bikes. Search for some of the other oil threads here for some great reads and info.

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Don't use any diesel oils in your bike.
HUH. thats good to know. don't you need to run "heavy duty" oil? Ive heard that a lot. perhaps the people that I talk to say Diesel oil when they are referring to Heavy duty oil.
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HUH. thats good to know. don't you need to run "heavy duty" oil? Ive heard that a lot. perhaps the people that I talk to say Diesel oil when they are referring to Heavy duty oil.
Diesel oil has detergents in it that you don't want in a gas motor. Especially a bike with a wet clutch like most. Most all automotive (car) oils are fine if you don't want to spend the bucks for a bike specific oil.

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Here is one of the better thread on oil. Click

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Thats the one I was thinking of. And now for my next stupid question. What do the numbers in the oil stand for? I see Rotella 5-40 is mentioned in there. Thats what I was considering using in my bike. The author of that says that Rotella 15-40 is one of his fav. but I really want to use a synthetic oil in my bike. Is the 5-40 to thin or thick for my bike. I live in Northern Il. where the temps summers are hot and the winters are cold but I don't ride my bike unless its warm or hot out. Again I don't know what the owners manual says because I don't have one, but all the other mauals I read recommend either 10-30 or 15-40. Most of the newer bikes seem to be 15-40. Is the 5-40 an acceptable alternative?
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Dont get 'energy conserving' oil either. The additives are bad for your bike I believe.



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Your on the right track Frost. The first number is basically the thickness of the oil. Lower being thinner. I use thinner in the cold and visa versa. Actually, I use the recommended weight year round.

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