I wanted to share some thoughts I had relating to oil in my new 2012 Versys. I've done more oil changes than what most would consider necessary (and I am someone who is against overly frequent changes, figure that). A little background first: I dumped the FF (factory fill) at 150 miles after some "heavy load" riding, but still in the lower RPMs. Replaced it with Shell T6 5W-40 (JASO MA approved). I then changed it again with T6 at 1400 miles. Having now just broken the 2000 mile mark, I dumped the T6 and replaced it with what will be my now permanent oil (probably for 4-5,000 miles).
A couple of observations:
-The Amsoil is quieter. I don't know what else to say. Having filled twice with T6, and having those fills dumped rather early, I know what it sounds like. The sound of the engine is noticeably a bit quieter in the warm-up phase. My best guess is that this is more related to changing from 5W-40 to 10W-40 (it's cold in Flagstaff!).
-Amsoil does not create bubbles in the oil.
After getting the bike to operating temp and riding around, looking through the glass oil level checker, there were always TONS of bubbles floating around in the T6. It was almost like foam, and it worried me a bit. The T6 is JASO MA approved however, so it can't be all that bad. Since putting in the Amsoil earlier today, I went on a 20 mile varied ride (gentle warmup, steady speeds with a few hard high-RPM accelerations). There were virtually no bubbles or foam whatsoever.
It looked like completely unshaken oil.
I feel as if the Amsoil 10W-40 MCF is a much higher-quality oil. It's expensive, but I'm willing to pay for it considering I only need less than 3 quarts. I'm also going to be extending the oil drain interval on it. My car on the other hand (6+ quarts) will still get cheap Wally Mart Mobil 1...
Anyone else running Amsoil in their V?