Any suggestions on preferred oil and filters to use? Thanks, Dave - Kansas
Dave, welcome aboard! V650 rider here.
I use Mobil 1 Racing 4T fully synthetic motorcycle oil. For the first oil change all I could find locally was a major brand non-syn motorcycle oil. The transmission shifts noticeably smoother with the fully synthetic, and the synthetics do a better job of keeping a layer of oil on the parts when the engine isn't running.
There are lots of opinions about oils but you can't go wrong with a fully synthetic motorcycle oil.
I change the oil once per year, which is 4,000 - 5,000 miles. The cost of oil is miniscule compared to everything else (clothing, gas, helmet, tires, insurance ...) so for me it is a no-brainer to use a top quality oil.
I just use the factory oil filter. Again, there are lots of opinions on the topic! But you can't go wrong with the Kawi brand filter. You can spend a bunch more to get a fancy reusable, or you might save a couple of bucks with an automobile filter which fits the threading on your bike.
One thing I learned in owning a Subaru is there are engine specs which are important, such as the bypass pressure in the filter. Idk what those specs are for the Kawi engines but the Kawi filters would meet all the specs. Another brand of filter may not.
I can be as thrifty as anybody, but when it comes to oil and tires I don't try to pinch pennies. jmho