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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-03-2006, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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Best lube for the SV?

Hey guys, is any kind of engine oil better to use in motorcycles? What do you fill your bikes up with when you get an oil change?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-03-2006, 08:12 PM
 
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any 10-40 synthetic on sale that isn't a gas saver.

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I use Castrol Syntec. 10W-40.

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I thought your SV (v-twins) required the 20W-50.

Beyond that I would recomend Amsoil Full syn..they make the 20W-50 just for the v-twins.




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I thought your SV (v-twins) required the 20W-50.

Beyond that I would recomend Amsoil Full syn..they make the 20W-50 just for the v-twins.
Twins use a heavier weight.

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Twins use a heavier weight.
The owner's manual says 10W-40. 20W-50 is listed as an alternative.

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ooohh..just buy the cheapest stuff they have in the store that day...doesnt matter...just change your oil every 3,000 miles and youll be fine...dont waste money on synthetics...doesnt do a damn thing...

go fast...ride hard....rev high....spend cheap!!!


depending on your riding style...go by whatever the manual says as far as oil spec...synthetic oil should be used if you plan on riding hard....otherwise you should change dino oil VERY often (ie every 1,000 miles) compared to the 2-3k miles you can squeeze out of synthetic....obviously better protection.

however..you have a v-twin....so its up to you if you want to use synthetic...i would suggest a syn-blend at least. But its not like your bike revs to 15k and does 180mph...so....as long as you dont beat the hell out of your bike....a decent oil and filter should suit you fine. Its up to you how much you want to spend..its your engine...protect it accordingly! Sythetics offer the best breakdown protection against heat which is obviously VERY common on sport bikes......maybe a castrol syn-blend would work good in your application...but if you choose to go synthetic for whatever reason....you cannot change back...you can change specs (Ie 10w-40 to 10w-30 to 15w-50) but you cant go back to conventional oil..def. not recommended.

and im out for good! another oil thread that will probably get closed

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also be sure its API SJ or JASO MA.
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Castrol Syntec 10W-40 meets all of the requirements set forth by the owner's manual.

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