Is there any reason I shouldnt use this oil in my versys ? - Kawasaki Versys Forum
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Is there any reason I shouldnt use this oil in my versys ?

I have 3 quarts left over from my car, would it be ok to use in the V (2010)? Im not in an overly hot climate.

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It's not JASO certified, so no, don't use it in your bike.
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40 grade oils aren't resourse conserving, so it might not cause clutch problems. You could have better idea of that if you could find a product data sheet and see how much moly is listed. Based on how other automotive 5W40's do in shared sump motorcycles, I would expect it to shear well out of grade maybe in just a couple thousand miles. I wouldn't put it my bike. Use it for the next oil change in your car, or give it to someone who can.
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Wouldn't use it either. IIRC even the manual says specifically not to use automotive oil. A quick google search for the topic yields pages like https://motorbikewriter.com/car-oils...torcycle-bike/

Oil is cheap, an engine rebuild isn't, get some proper motorcycle oil
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Automotive oil works fine providing it doesn't have any "friction modifiers" added. Check the certs on the back to find out. Friction modifiers will really mess up a wet clutch like most metric bikes have.
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I'm a firm believer in using flame throwers when flame throwers are needed, and motorcycle oil when motorcycle oil is needed.

As was pointed out, oil is (relatively) cheap, engine rebuilds aren't. (now watch the flame wars start over WHAT oil to buy) ...
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I'm a firm believer in using flame throwers when flame throwers are needed, and motorcycle oil when motorcycle oil is needed.

As was pointed out, oil is (relatively) cheap, engine rebuilds aren't. (now watch the flame wars start over WHAT oil to buy) ...
Well, I certainly wouldnt buy that oil for the bike, but since its on hand, and I change my oil after 1500-2000k miles.

Might try the rotella that I see is used on most bike forums then.
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Just to throw a bit of a wrench in the works..........most Rotella is formulated for diesel engines. No problem, I used it in a lot of bikes and other things.
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Just to throw a bit of a wrench in the works..........most Rotella is formulated for diesel engines. No problem, I used it in a lot of bikes and other things.
Have you/do you use it in your V.

I have 1 quart of this oil, but its a 40 km round trip for me to get another 2 quarts.
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I have 1 quart of this oil, but its a 40 km round trip for me to get another 2 quarts.
You can't find a store 100km away if you take back roads?
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You can't find a store 100km away if you take back roads?
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There is absolutely no reason you cannot use it. It may not be the ideal choice but it will not cause ruin either.
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There is absolutely no reason you cannot use it. It may not be the ideal choice but it will not cause ruin either.
Are you talking about the original euro car formula oil (sorry, a couple other oils have been mentioned)?

Also Twowheels, I say your post in the insurance thread, where in Canada are you with that rate, and what company? I have to renew in July, paid 1k last yr with aviva.
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Have you/do you use it in your V.

I have 1 quart of this oil, but its a 40 km round trip for me to get another 2 quarts.
I have Mobil 1 synth in it now but the next oil change I will use Rotella dino 10w-40w.
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I have Mobil 1 synth in it now but the next oil change I will use Rotella dino 10w-40w.
M1 is in mine atm too, 15w50. Too bad its up to $14 a quart cnd when I checked yesterday.
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M1 is in mine atm too, 15w50. Too bad its up to $14 a quart cnd when I checked yesterday.
Yeah, I've got the same thing........I couldn't find what I wanted locally (only two small parts stores in town) and didn't want to drive the 60 miles to the nearest Wally World.
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You can't find a store 100km away if you take back roads?
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His post reads like riding 40 km is a hassle. I ride 25 miles of curvy back roads to get to the walmart that is 12 miles away.
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I have Mobil 1 synth in it now but the next oil change I will use Rotella dino 10w-40w.
Why would you switch from Synth to conventional? I run the Rotella T6 in mine and it shifts MUCH smoother than with the Mobile 1 4T that I used last change.
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I just don't think there is that much benefit to synthetic............and every bike I've had it in has been noisier with synthetic. Just my opinion here................
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