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Just bought a 08' Red Versys and want to change oil, what brand and weight of oil are you guys using? I heard Rotella T synthetic 5w-40 is really good. And help would be great. Thanks-Robert
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Congrats on the new V from a fellow red rider! Right now I am using Amsoil, but I think next change is going to be the Rotella T synthetic. I change every 5K miles and the Amsoil is $$$. Read good things about Rotella. Search around, enough oil threads to really confuse you! I think the answer is "Just do it!" Ride safe!
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Sorry to hear about the slow color, but welcome to the forum. Us Blue V owners will wait for you at the next light.


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I have used Rotella T with great luck. $19 for a gallon at Wal-Mart. The gallon is kind of a pain because the bike typically takes 2.1-2.3 liters, so I always have an open jug in the garage.

I use the PureOne oversized car filter also. About $6 at my local Fleet Farm. Forget the part number, but if you need it I can go look it up.

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Mobil 1 15w-50 car synthetic.

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Sorry to hear about the slow color, but welcome to the forum. Us Blue V owners will wait for you at the next light.
+1 from another Blue V. Using Motul 5100 Semi Syn 15W/50.http://www.motul.com/

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Rotella T synthetic 5-40 and super tech st7317 oil filter.
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I've been using Amsoil 10-40, but will switch to Mobil-1 next change, as Amsoil has gotten very expensive!

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I use fish oil from the local Japanese restaurants. The stuff they dump mid week meets JASO MA (it is a Japanese restaurant after all) and is environmentally friendly. Don't go to restaurants that use MSG, though, not good for the bike and the exhaust smells funny.




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PS - Before you guys start complaining, yes, this is now the standard answer to "what oil" questions...
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you just love these oil threads don't you Gustavo
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I've been using Amsoil 10-40, but will switch to Mobil-1 next change, as Amsoil has gotten very expensive!
Where do you get your Amsoil from? I save over 20% off US prices with the promo code from: http://www.woodsbrosracing.com/amsoil-online-store.htm

It's at my door in a couple days for over 40% less than from Canadian Tire. For a case of 12 'AFF' 0W-40, it comes to $8.61 usd per quart, including taxes and shipping to BC or Ontario. ($9.27 usd for 'MCF' 10W-40)
Mobil 1's Racing 4T 10W-40 goes for $15 per liter including taxes at Wal Mart (Canada).
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I use fish oil from the local Japanese restaurants. The stuff they dump mid week meets JASO MA (it is a Japanese restaurant after all) and is environmentally friendly. Don't go to restaurants that use MSG, though, not good for the bike and the exhaust smells funny.




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PS - Before you guys start complaining, yes, this is now the standard answer to "what oil" questions...
I really did use oil from local Japanese restaurants for a while. But that got filtered, dewatered and then burned as fuel in my veggie-oil powered diesel Mercedes, though.
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Amsoil makes a synthetic that is specifically designed for engines that have a crank case that shares the oil with the transmission and have a wet clutch. Their website has some pretty persuasive info. I use it in my street and dirt bikes. If it wasn't so expensive, I would likely use it in my cars too.
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Simple question, What weight oil does the manual state we are suposed to use?
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Simple question, What weight oil does the manual state we are suposed to use?
SAE 10-40 (recommended), 10-30, 10-50, 20-40, or 20-50, non-energy-conserving.

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I switched to Mobil One racing oil for motorcycles. Seems good.
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Standard Rotella T oil in everything: works great, readily accessible, and cheap. I've used all the expensive stuff for years, and I used the Rotella synthetic for a while. I just don't believe it to be worth the extra money.
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I use fish oil from the local Japanese restaurants. The stuff they dump mid week meets JASO MA (it is a Japanese restaurant after all) and is environmentally friendly. Don't go to restaurants that use MSG, though, not good for the bike and the exhaust smells funny.




Gustavo

PS - Before you guys start complaining, yes, this is now the standard answer to "what oil" questions...
since all the Japanese restaurants are out of business in Greece we may end up using cheap extra virgin olive oil
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Is it possible to mix different oils? On my second oil change I went with the Kawasaki blend. However these things come in the 1 gallon jug and as such I have less than half leftover for my next change.
Will it be ok to use that blend and top it up with a full synthetic on the next change?
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