Hello everyone, new to the forum here and eagerly waiting to pick up my '15 Versys LT this coming Saturday. I have a few questions regarding maintenance.
First Questions surround Oil & Oil Changes.... I plan on doing all of the oil changes myself right from the start.
1. Recon' the oil filter part# for the '15 remains the same as the prev model years?
2. I live in Florida and therefore never experience temps below 30*. Due to high temps and occasionally getting stuck in 30+ minutes of stop-go traffic, I'm considering running 20W-50 synthetic... Any thoughts on this? Yeah, I live in South Texas, about the same climate. I use Mobil 1 15w50 in the KLRs but went with Rotella T6 in the Versys because the Versys doesn't have a roller crank.
3. For no particular reason I have always used Mobile 1 full synth. in all my bikes and cars. The 20w-50 synth appears to suggest use in the air cooled V-twin type bikes and not so much for sport/water cooled counter parts. The Mobil 1 motorcycle specific comes in two flavors 10w40 and 20w50. Pick the one you like. Both will work.
V-twins can be watercooled also. Use the oil that best matches your use and climate. I have used mobile one in my cycles and my cars for years and I've never had a problem with either. That's why I keep using it – if it ain't broke don't fix it.
Any thoughts on this? Is the v-twin 20w-50 fine for the V?
Competing Schools of Thought Questions...
So here are the annoying questions that have been debated for as long as the internal combustion engine has been around... I don't expect much clarification but figured i'd ask regarless...
Some people let the bike idle while they put their gear on and then take off at normal operation... Other's seem to hop on and immediatly drive, just keeping rps low until warm... I let the bike idle for about 30 seconds and the ride off keeping the rpms below 4k for the first 5 miles.
So we have 2 competing, polar opposite break-in strategies... There's the "MOTO METHOD" : <source1> <source2>
There's the"OWNERS MANUAL" :
0-500 miles, RPM below 4K
500-1k miles, RPM below 6K
"Do not start moving or race the engine immediately after starting it, even if the engine is already warm. Run the engine for two or three minutes at idle speed to give the oil a chance to work up into all the engine parts."
And finally, custom hybrids in-between the two.
My thoughts on Break-in: I think the majority of break-in is already done by arrival, I find it strange the manual doesn't seem to warn against constant rpm driving and feel there may be some weight to the "conspiracy" that the "low and slow" break in exists only to protect new riders on a new bike that they aren't familiar with yet...
Thoughts? I used be be old school and easy break-in. Last few bikes and cars have been Motoman. Motoman is the way to go.