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Switching to synthetic

I finally have about 3500 miles on my '09 and want to switch to synthetic oil now...Is it as simple as a regular oil change and just using synthetic instead? Of course I will also replace the filter too.....Not trying to open a can of worms, but anyone have a good synthetic to recommend for the Versys? Thanks.
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It's a can of worms for sure! You'll find as many opinions as there are oils.

I'm planning on using Rotella 15W40 when I switch to synthetic next spring.
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I finally have about 3500 miles on my '09 and want to switch to synthetic oil now...Is it as simple as a regular oil change and just using synthetic instead? Of course I will also replace the filter too.....Not trying to open a can of worms, but anyone have a good synthetic to recommend for the Versys? Thanks.
Exactly the same. The only difference is the bottle says synthetic & your pocket book is a little thinner...



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Thanks. Looks like I'll be stopping off at the stealership for oil and filter on the way home.
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ive run amsoil in all my bikes after the initial break in time has passed
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Anyone know of a one stop shop for oil and a filter besides the dealership? I think I remember someone saying WalMart might have this stuff? I know my local AutoZone doesn't.
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For me , a benifit of synthetic was much smoother shifting. I have been using the Kawasaki 10w 40 for @ 18000 miles now and would not go back to dino , just for that benifit alone. Much less clunky in the lower gears..
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for my last oil change I went to advance auto and got mobile 1 synth. for 4 stroke motorcycles and the purolator pure 1 filter #pl14610
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And that filter works fine for the Versys? Thanks for that info.
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And that filter works fine for the Versys? Thanks for that info.
yes i had got that filter info here on the forum it is the 3.25" if you want the 2.5" the # is pl14612
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There's about a million filters that will fit this bike, check this post for one list.
I've gotten the materials for my past two oilchanges in "oil change special" deals at O'Reilly and Autozone.

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...39&postcount=5
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I'm planning on using Rotella 15W40 when I switch to synthetic next spring.
Thats not synthetic, the 5w40 is.
Both rotella products are good oil.
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Anyone know of a one stop shop for oil and a filter besides the dealership? I think I remember someone saying WalMart might have this stuff? I know my local AutoZone doesn't.
Walmart. I buy Mobil1 (car) 15w-50 (Red top) oil and their filters for MY V.

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Purolator oil filter

I did an oil change today. I picked up a Purolator oil filter from Advanced Auto for about $7.00 And some Mobil 10w40 Syn for about $10.00 Qt. The filter is a little bit longer but no problem with fit. Have not had a chance to see how the Syn. does on the shifting. It's got to be better. Purolator part # PL14610

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A lot of information warns against using automotive oil in your motorcycle since most contain certain friction modifiers that could cause wet clutch slippage over time. The diesel oils like Rotella don't contain these modifiers, so they should be fine. I use Mobil 1 Motorcycle 10w40 synthetic, but have considered switching to the Rotella 5w30. I have also considered using an automotive oil filter, but haven't because none of the manufacturers advertise flow rates. They are probably fine, and the Pure One will probably filter finer particles, but the Kawasaki OEM filter has a depth-type media instead of paper that appears will have better flow properties (but again, no data). For now, I'm sticking with OEM, but otherwise haven't heard any bad news out of using the automotive filters. One good website on the topic is http://www.calsci.com/motorcycleinfo/Oils1.html but again, they don't test flow rates on filters.
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ive run amsoil in all my bikes after the initial break in time has passed
I've run synthetic in my honda since 600 miles, it now has 40,000 miles runs like new.

I put synthetic in the Versys at 1000 miles - it now has 8000 miles on it. Runs great.
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