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Offline Y2K18

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synthetic oil
« on: May 29, 2019, 06:57:09 PM »
Stayed with factory Kawasaki dino oil for my first oil change. What's an ok mileage to swap to synthetic?
« Last Edit: May 29, 2019, 07:03:58 PM by Y2K18 »

Offline CaliZed9

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Re: synthetic oil
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2019, 07:15:58 PM »
Your next one, IME around 3K. 

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Re: synthetic oil
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2019, 07:22:47 PM »
Thanks!
Just scored 10 qts of Castrol Power 1 full synthetic 10w40 4T motorcycle oil on clearance at Auto Zone for $1.70 ea. Now if I can just luck into two more qts at another location.....


Online Evangelos K

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Re: synthetic oil
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2019, 10:02:44 PM »
Any mileage is OK to switch to synthetic. . This urban myth has to die!   :008:
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Re: synthetic oil
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2019, 10:29:12 PM »
*Originally Posted by Evangelos K [+]
Any mileage is OK to switch to synthetic. . This urban myth has to die!   :008:

True enough.  I mentioned 3K as he had already used dino oil for his first change.  My Hayabusa has had Amsoil synth since I bought it in 06 and currently has over 63,000 miles on it.

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Re: synthetic oil
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2019, 01:08:38 AM »
I did my 1st oil change with Dino oil, too @ 600 miles. IMO this allows the engine to continue wearing in a bit more. Pushing her hard now to facilitate that... :002:
Plan on going full syn on the next one @ ~3K miles. (Great deal on that Castrol you bought, Y2K)
And, I agree you can run or switch to full syn anytime.
FWIW, I've purchased a number of different bikes & each dealer recommended running Dino oil for the 1st change before going synthetic.
That might be an urban myth as well!
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Re: synthetic oil
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2019, 10:15:18 AM »
*Originally Posted by Y2K18 [+]
Thanks!
Just scored 10 qts of Castrol Power 1 full synthetic 10w40 4T motorcycle oil on clearance at Auto Zone for $1.70 ea. Now if I can just luck into two more qts at another location.....

I'll be going to Auto Zone today

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Re: synthetic oil
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2019, 07:09:35 AM »
*Originally Posted by Evangelos K [+]
Any mileage is OK to switch to synthetic. . This urban myth has to die!   :008:
Yup, a lot of high end performance cars (Corvettes included) and most  better German cars come factory filled with synthetic. This is also the case with a lot of bikes, especially Euro bikes.

I swapped to Kawi fully synthetic at the first oil change (600 miles), it runs awesome with no oil consumption and very smooth clutch/shifting. I ended up going with the Kawi full synth oil because it's very reasonably priced and what the hey, zero warranty concerns or "right properties" for the clutch and trans, kinda no brainer for me.

I use a lot of different oil brands depending on what's recommended, what weights are available, etc. The main difference I see in oil for bikes with shared clutch/trans is how well the clutch works and how nicely it shifts. I think as long as the engine has a nice supply of reasonably clean quality oil there's little difference until you get to the extreme operating temperatures. Personally I use 100% full synthetic in all my vehicles as I've see the difference in oil break down for dino oils. If you change oil super frequently dino oil is OK.


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Re: synthetic oil
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2019, 02:48:34 AM »
Aaahhhh, don’t you all love that intake growl?  Went on a sweet 134 mile loop thru the Park today and the ride was spectacular.  Got 49+ mpg too.  When I got home I drained the Dino oil from my 622 mile first change and added Amsoil at 2,993 miles.  The old oil showed right at the full mark so the rings must be seated well.  Next change will be at 8,000 miles.  I used the made in China OEM oil filter too. :001:
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« Last Edit: June 15, 2019, 03:01:11 AM by CaliZed9 »

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Re: synthetic oil
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2019, 12:35:49 AM »
I've been told more than once (different vehicles) to wait until the third oil change to drop some synthetic in... :027: