Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Greene county, Illinois
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Thanks Versys Forum. Dad and I rode to town (~12 miles) to Walmart, but they only had synthetic oil and none of the motorcycle filters recommended on the forum. Then we rode to Oreilly Auto store and they only had synthetic oil, so we bought 10W40 ATV petroleum oil JASO-rated and a WIX 51358 filter that my Dad uses in his VN900 ($22 total).
After we got home, I changed the oil and filter while Dad watched. I used his filter wrench that fits on the end of the filter can. Had to use a long wrench to break loose the factory filter, but it slowly backed out and wasn’t too bad.
After 102 miles, the old oil was brown with sudsy swirls and light streaks. It was not clear – more of a chocolate syrup. I didn’t see any metal particles, though. I plan to do it again at 600 miles and then use synthetic after one thousand miles.
I have a Kawasaki warrantee, but no service agreement, so I want to do as much stuff as I can at home. Thanks for all your good responses. It really gave me the confidence to tell the clerks what I wanted for my bike. And, I will really feel good riding to school tomorrow morning.
By the way, Dad says it was a whole lot easier than his Vulcan.