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oil change on my bike

I use this method see if you agree bike is cold i drain the oil and filter change but fill the oil filter with a little oil

this way all the dirty oil comes out or if its cold you may want to let it sit in the sun.

i use 2 quarts 20/50 1 quart 10/40 in summer 20/50 is kawasaki oil non synthetic and gn4 honda 10/40
non synthetic

I believe to change the oil every 2000 miles and change the filter as well and synthectic just is no good for my bike makes the clutch slip I am sure it is bad for all but who am I to say .

wet clutch bikes should stay with non synthetic unless you do not mind paying for a clutch

I know the dealer says its ok to use synthetic but will they pay for your clutch lol

be safe change your oil freq and every bike is different on levels put in 2.5 quarts and a lttle in filter start it up run for 2 minutes shut off wait 10 minutes then level bike with wood or whatever you got
then check level after it sat and screw in the stick if you have a window you should see it 3/4 full in glass

do not put mystery oil in oil gas is ok not in oil do not use car oil unless it is an emergency

i think no additives in oil is best 10/40 in cool weather 10 /30 in winter if your crazy enough to drive it or start it up at times

but lucas in gas is ok just a small amount mystery oil is good an ounce to a full tank and marine stable if it going to sit plus remember to keep the tank full so condensation does not get in there.

if you use mystery oil you will see better gas mileage easy starts and cooler running bike

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And I do as MOM suggests>
Warm the oil to allow it to mix any trash that may be lurking inside, Drain, refill...

There`s just something about them Motorcycle Owners Manuals I trust...

Yes, I`ve changed oil cold too...
I wait until 5,000 miles though MOM it can go 8,000




To each His/Her Own method I reckon...
I`m not disagreeing,
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And I do as MOM suggests>
Warm the oil to allow it to mix any trash that may be lurking inside, Drain, refill...

There`s just something about them Motorcycle Owners Manuals I trust...

Yes, I`ve changed oil cold too...
I wait until 5,000 miles though MOM it can go 8,000




To each His/Her Own method I reckon...
I`m not disagreeing,
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I've always changed all my vehicle oils while warm . . . at times a little too warm.
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i can't change my oil every 2000 miles... that would mean a monthly oil change... and that gets costly...
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If you ride you maintain or things will fall apart...

Yeah @149,000 coming up this week, I`ll be changing oil this month @150,000 most likely

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"then check level after it sat and screw in the stick if you have a window you should see it 3/4 full in glass "

The manual usually tells us not to screw in the dipstick. That could give you a false reading, maybe a 1/2 quart difference.

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I use this method see if you agree bike is cold i drain the oil and filter change but fill the oil filter with a little oil

this way all the dirty oil comes out or if its cold you may want to let it sit in the sun.

i use 2 quarts 20/50 1 quart 10/40 in summer 20/50 is kawasaki oil non synthetic and gn4 honda 10/40
non synthetic

I believe to change the oil every 2000 miles and change the filter as well and synthectic just is no good for my bike makes the clutch slip I am sure it is bad for all but who am I to say .

wet clutch bikes should stay with non synthetic unless you do not mind paying for a clutch

I know the dealer says its ok to use synthetic but will they pay for your clutch lol

be safe change your oil freq and every bike is different on levels put in 2.5 quarts and a lttle in filter start it up run for 2 minutes shut off wait 10 minutes then level bike with wood or whatever you got
then check level after it sat and screw in the stick if you have a window you should see it 3/4 full in glass

do not put mystery oil in oil gas is ok not in oil do not use car oil unless it is an emergency

i think no additives in oil is best 10/40 in cool weather 10 /30 in winter if your crazy enough to drive it or start it up at times

but lucas in gas is ok just a small amount mystery oil is good an ounce to a full tank and marine stable if it going to sit plus remember to keep the tank full so condensation does not get in there.

if you use mystery oil you will see better gas mileage easy starts and cooler running bike
As long as the Synthetic oil has a Jaso rating it will be fine for wet clutches. Changing oil every 2,000 miles is a huge waste of a valuable commodity. Why do you mix oils? That makes no sense if you are doing it on purpose.
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oil change on my bike

Your putting way too much thought into it. A 2000 mile oil change only cost you more money and it is terrible on the environment. With the advances in oil and filters these days, 5000 miles is perfectly fine. I wouldn't ever mix different viscosities either. You mention not using "car oil", just use an oil with a JASO rating. The oil I use is Rotella T6. It is actually a Diesel engine oil. Works great with wet clutches. It is full synthetic. Synthetic oil will not ruin your clutch as long as it is JASO. No need to put that much thought into an oil change. Follow MOM (Manufactures Owners Manual) and your bike will give you years and years of great service.


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Your putting way too much thought into it. A 2000 mile oil change only cost you more money and it is terrible on the environment. With the advances in oil and filters these days, 5000 miles is perfectly fine. I wouldn't ever mix different viscosities either. You mention not using "car oil", just use an oil with a JASO rating. The oil I use is Rotella T6. It is actually a Diesel engine oil. Works great with wet clutches. It is full synthetic. Synthetic oil will not ruin your clutch as long as it is JASO. No need to put that much though into an oil change. Follow MOM (Manufactures Owners Manual) and your bike will give you years and years of great service.


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Yep, he is right. The environment doesn't need any help with excess waste anyway.
5-8000miles on Rotelka T6 is cheap and easy.
Just out of curiosity how many miles a year do you ride?


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Just out of curiosity how many miles a year do you ride?
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10,000 is one mileage I have logged in a year


Help me divide though >
I bought my Baby in Nov of 2007, I`ve put nearly 109,000 miles on it...
So IF I divide 9 years into 109,000 I get Quite a Bunch as an average per year


Ain`t smart enuff fer numbers,
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