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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-11-2019, 07:53 AM Thread Starter
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Need quick help: Oil change color?

I just changed the oil in my new 2018 Versys 650. (first change) I changed the filter too: Kawasaki brand oil filter from the dealership.

I chose to go with synthetic: Maxima Extra4 10W-40 Synthetic.

I filled it up to the correct level, and ran the bike for 60-90 seconds to get the oil completely through the new filter, then turned the engine off. After waiting perhaps just 15 seconds, I looked in the oil window. The level looked correct, but the color was significantly more cream colored. Cream color is an indicator of water in the oil.

The oil I removed was not cream colored. The new synthetic I put in was a brand new sealed jug. (and was not cream colored when I poured it in.)

Is this normal?
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Perhaps a false alarm. It's been about 15-20 minutes, and the color is returning to normal. Still not quite amber/lager colored, but significantly better.
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After running for just a moment, the oil will still be cold. It probably had some air bubbles whipped into it, and they were taking a bit to float out. Take the bike for a good ride and see the difference! <- Use this as excuse to ride!

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On your NEXT oil-change, after you start the engine you'll see your oil showing pretty black. NOT a problem, just NORMAL for this engine for whatever reason (I've ridden my three V650s OVER 165,000 miles, using Mobil1 15w-50 synthetic and a new oil-filter EACH time, changed at 5,000 miles//8,000 kms, and it ALWAYS happens).

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Perhaps a false alarm. It's been about 15-20 minutes, and the color is returning to normal. Still not quite amber/lager colored, but significantly better.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-13-2019, 12:14 AM
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It's impossible to totally drain out the old oil from the engine. Maybe half litre still remain inside. So the new oil never be blonde.
It's normal, don't mind

Nobody thinks that something is so easy like who is totally unable to do it.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-20-2019, 06:58 PM
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The "cream" color is just air bubbles in the fresh oil, that is just from the oil circulating through the gears in the transmission, common on most motorcycles. Once the oil goes to its usual dark brown color you won't notice the bubbles as much. It also goes brown pretty quick because you will never get all the old oil out of most motorcycle engines due to it also being used as the transmission oil, so a bunch clings to the gears.
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