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post #1 of 8 Old 10-16-2019, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, mid June 2019 I bought a used 2008 V-Strom 1000 it was a bit rough but I put some new paint on and cleaned it up and it looks great now or at least better. Took a tour through the North Eastern States and went to the top of Mount Washington as well as other places . I have never liked the V-Strom but for some reason I bought one and fell in love with it. It is everything in a bike I wanted so I'm very happy with it. I retired a couple of years ago so now I try do all the maintenance and anything else myself to save money. Now i'm doing my own oil changes and coolant changes etc which is pretty basic but choosing an affordable motorcycle oil has been a challenge. I have looked at many MC oils and have picked the Suzuki brand that the engineers at Suzuki are recommending : Suzuki has an oil change kit you can buy for $60 + HST= $67.80 it includes 4 quarts of full synthetic ECSTAR oil 10w40 MA2 R9000 , filter and new crush seal ring for Filler plug bolt.

Is this a common engine oil that is used for this bike or is their better reasonably priced oils that I should be using instead for this bike

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post #2 of 8 Old 10-16-2019, 10:44 PM
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Welcome aboard.

I am currently buying my oil from Corso Motocicletta in Burlington. They sell the Motul 7100 full synth oil @ $59.99/4l jug. That's some nice oil for a steal of a price.
https://motocicletta.ca/product/motu...ynth-10w40-4l/

I buy the OEM filters as I need them from Ready Suzuki in Mississauga and bought a 10 or 20 pack of the crush washers to last me a while.

For quite some time I was using the Shell Rotella T6 oil that would go on sale at Canadian Tire, but I find that the Motul 7100 feels much better, deep into mileage of each oil change and shifting gears is silky smooth. I would gladly pay the extra $10/6000km for some very nice oil.

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I run good ol' conventional Valvoline 4-Stroke Motorcycle oil in 20w50 and 10w40. 20w50 in the summer and the bike shifts like butter right through the entire oil change interval.

I spent too many years obsessing about oil on BITOG (bobistheoilguy.com). After over 5k posts, reading hundreds of UOAs (Used Oil Analysis) and oil filter picture threads (yes we cut them open and dissected their quality/construction), I concluded the right spec oil (JASO MA) in the right viscosity (see your manual) at recommended intervals, is all that is needed.

I personally consider the valvoline 20w50 to be the best shifting oil I have used.

If you want to extend your intervals, consider a quality synthetic that is known to hold visoscity, or up your viscosity to compensate.

I got the Valvoline on sale at Walmart for $4/quart. I also purchased several K&N Oil Filters for $6. So an oil change is costing me less than $20.

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You can be assured that the reason why Suzuki recommends ECSTAR 10w40 MA2 R9000 is that they have a financial interest in that company. This practice is a long standing one in the automotive industry.

While there can be small differences in the way different oils work in your bike, just sticking to any motorcycle specific name brand 10W40 or 20/50 oil will do the job. Take note of the recommendations from people here as they have tried different oils in the same engine as yours.
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I run good ol' conventional Valvoline 4-Stroke Motorcycle oil in 20w50.....

I got the Valvoline on sale at Walmart for $4/quart. I also purchased several K&N Oil Filters for $6. So an oil change is costing me less than $20.
Same here. I also change my oil/filter at 2,500 miles. I know many folks go longer on their intervals, however this practice gives me peace of mind AND it's an easy to remember interval.
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I have read all the oil threads and the only common thing is...do them when they need to be done. any oil seems to work. many have strong opinions, but if you do them at regular intervals there will not be a problem. Change the oil weights and find one you like and stick to it.

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You can be assured that the reason why Suzuki recommends ECSTAR 10w40 MA2 R9000 is that they have a financial interest in that company. This practice is a long standing one in the automotive industry.

While there can be small differences in the way different oils work in your bike, just sticking to any motorcycle specific name brand 10W40 or 20/50 oil will do the job. Take note of the recommendations from people here as they have tried different oils in the same engine as yours.
I agree with you 100% they are definitely there to make money so I doubt that they would be making an inferior oil
to sell to just make some money , however , I think they are making a superior oil to sell more bikes not oil. I believe there engineers or 3rd party designers must have designed a specific oil for the Suzuki brand that is better for their Suzuki bikes than most other brands of oil. Maybe it has better longevity doesn't break down as quickly etc etc . Suzuki has designed a specific oil just for their Suzuki brand so why wouldn't I buy the best oil specific for my bike. In all my cars , trucks and motorcycles I have always changed my filter and oil around 5,000 kms to keep my oil as clean as possible and to remove as many contaminated shavings etc as possible . I also use fully Synthetic oil mostly for dry starts. This is my opinion and it's a good fit for me but I'm not saying my opinion is better than anyone else's .
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Then we must agree to disagree.

The subject of oils is one that results in many varied and interesting responses. It's a real conversation starter. Long ago this forum decided that with so many oil threads all over the place that we started "THE Oil Thread-The One and Only Oil Thread".
You will find that thread here: https://www.stromtrooper.com/general...il-thread.html

Your comment is sure to create a response. However, we only have one oil thread. Please go there and repeat your reply above. You WILL get varied and contrary opinions.

I must close this thread as it has evolved into another oil thread, and we only have one oil thread. No offence intended. Please continue this conversation there.
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