First I am fairly new to riding I have a little over a year experience street riding so I am not sure what the ettiquette is but when you stop for gas do you remove your helmet if you have to go inside to pay?
I made the switch to full synthetic oil for the V yesterday and as I was shopping for the filter I noticed Purelator has a filter specifically for synthetic oil. Do you guys think it matters? I went with the not synthetic filter as I am not sure it matters?
I was really impressed with the V this morning! I am not sure if it is the fresh oil change or the fact it is running synthetic but the performance was greatly noticable! Has anyone else noticed this? I went with Castrol RS 10W40. I had not noticed until I had got home that it was advertised as a racing/performance oil will this oil have the longevity of standard oil? I plan on going with a 6,000 to 7,000 interval on oil changes. I know some of you prefer to change oil sooner, however I am a believer in technology has come a long way in motor oil and engine manufacturing and believe it is a waste to change oil sooner.
Thanks for your input.
I've never had an issue going into stations with my helmet on. As long as you don't intentionally try and appear threatening. Some places with a history of robberies may be a little sensitive to people walking in with their faces covered (security camera purposes). I'd say it's up to store policy.
I don't think the different filter matters. I've run Purolator Pure Ones and am now on a Bosch Distance Plus. I do believe in buying the best stuff, so long as the price isn't ridiculous. I don't do changes that often, so I would still probably go for the more premium filter. They're really not that expensive.
I notice a big performance increase going from high elevation (6,000+) to sea level. Feels more powerful for sure. Other than that, there's not a lot that would suddenly make your bike seem faster. Oil changes certainly have a placebo effect of some sort. It is possibly you got some gas that was a tiny bit different in formulation than your last batch, but I doubt you'd notice it. Also, the oil you selected it just fine and can certainly go the distance. I'm currently using the Mobil 1 "Racing" 4T, but I know it's a high quality oil that can also go the distance. I was a little paranoid about changing my oil early and often when I got my 2012 V new, but I've since calmed down and will extend my interval to about 5,000 miles. As you said, there is no need for 2-3,000 mile changes. Oil technology is far more advanced now that it has ever been, and you have nothing to worry about running a good full synthetic.