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Doesn't the Suzuki specify both API and JASO?

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Has anyone been posting that they had an engine problem by using one oil or another ? Or is this just a lot of hand wringing? Some guys insist on one brand or another. If you worry about the oil you use, go to the dealer and buy what they suggest.
Then you can rest easy.
You're sounding like a bunch of BMW riders.
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I recently bought a 06 wee, and after putting a few miles on I changed the oil, rotella 15-40 and filter. It shifts a lot smoother. I have always used rotella in my last 3 other bikes. A fz6, nomad 1600 and fjr. Have tried the full syn 5w-40 and I think the 15-40 works better for me. Just my 2 cents.
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Doesn't the Suzuki specify both API and JASO?
There is the word "or" in there.

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Has anyone been posting that they had an engine problem by using one oil or another ? Or is this just a lot of hand wringing? Some guys insist on one brand or another. If you worry about the oil you use, go to the dealer and buy what they suggest.
Then you can rest easy.
You're sounding like a bunch of BMW riders.
Don't be mean. Most of the BMW riders I know (I'm in a BMW club) will just say "What's the manual say? Use that." Being an over priced tractor on two wheels makes them pretty forgiving on oil so there's no point in anxiety and hand-wringing.
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I've had several BMW's. i used Castrol 20-50 in the Airheads and Honda 10-40 juice in the others.
To much ado about nothing in these oil threads.
Had a guy use the MOA annonamous book once to seek help. He was flustered when the oil I offered wasn't his preferred brand.
Even when we called around no place close had that obscure brand. He huffed off seeking unobtanium. I bid a not so fond adiue to him.
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As far as the engine goes i would agree any oil will do, but these share oil between the gearbox and engine. I notice a definite difference in oils in shifting. Further, each bike can be different and seems to like a better oil, maybe its even driving styles that matches up better with a riders type of shifting, i dont know. I know i went through a few different oils till i was happy with the shifting in my Vee, and it was different than the oil i liked in my old ninja.

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There is the word "or" in there.

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You are correct, Tom. I was too brief. The manual specifies both API and JASO, so an oil that meets either spec (API SF/SG or API SH/SJ, or JASO MA) should be ok.
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1st - 2nd shift clunk!

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You could be right. The shift quality, especially from 1st to 2nd seems to be more a product of the idiot wearing the size 13 boot making the shift.
Well for me and my limited experience with my 2003 DL1000 the only shift that I would call clunky is neutral to 1st. But you have to consider I rode Harleys for a number of years so my idea of clunky may be skewed a bit, LOL.

But seriously the thing that causes clunky shifts on most motorcycles is incomplete disengagement of the clutch, sometimes called clutch drag.

Jumping in on the oil debate, I consider a motorcycle that's design shares engine and transmission oil very hard on oil. That's why I'm using Rotella 5-40 in my Vee. If an oil is rated for diesel service its OK in my mind for the Vee. Just my opinion with nothing to back it. For the record I do run Mobil 1 5-40 in my Mustang 4.6 L V8.

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Don't be mean. Most of the BMW riders I know (I'm in a BMW club) will just say "What's the manual say? Use that." Being an over priced tractor on two wheels makes them pretty forgiving on oil so there's no point in anxiety and hand-wringing.
I think thats the first time I have ever heard of a BMW engine being referred to as a tractor! On the other hand I have heard Harley's V-Twin called something like that many times.

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