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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-03-2010, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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What oil for older bike?

Just bought a 1983 Honda Nighthawk 650 this weekend. It's my first bike.

What kind of oil should I put in it and how often should I change it? To me, it's just a cheap older bike that I'm using to learn. So, cheaper oil is preferred, but all recommendations are welcome.

Synthetics?
Is there a filter? If so, where would I buy a new one? Autozone?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-24-2010, 04:21 PM
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Go with a HDEO 15W40, it is really good oil in a bike and is like $10.00 a gallon at wally world.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-09-2010, 05:43 AM
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no Synthetics for older one

NO! don't use a synth one !
the best is any brand SAE 40 . But better not one for diesel engine.

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Synthetics?
Is there a filter? If so, where would I buy a new one? Autozone?

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-25-2013, 05:15 AM
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Hi,
Which brand of engine oil is best for honda shine?? Reply me..
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You may use any brand of oil, just make sure to use thicker weight to avoid leaks within the seal and motor.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-07-2014, 10:06 AM
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Most of the older British bikes I have owned used a straight 40 or 50 wt oil depending on the temperature. Morris lubricants makes Elite oil that is specifically formulated for this use. Most of the older bikes did not have oil filters and high detergent oils were not a good idea. My BSA's had a sludge trap in the crank and using a high detergent oil could break this free and cause untold damage. One of the online dealers in parts for old Triumphs etc in the US handles this product I will post the name when I remember if you would like.
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