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post #1 of 16 Old 09-11-2019, 02:05 AM Thread Starter
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Engine oil for winter

I am planning til drive my MC during winter if not to cold. At least if not below 0 degrees Celsius.

Suzuki shop was putting Castrol semi synth. 10W40 power 1 in it a couple of months ago when it was there for the first 1.000 km service.

Would you use this oil for winter or change to a thinner one?

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post #2 of 16 Old 09-11-2019, 03:37 AM
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From Mobil "Most oils on the shelves today are "Multigrades", which simply means that the oil falls into two viscosity grades (i.e. 10W-40 etc). In a 10W-40 for example the 10W bit (W = winter) simply means that the oil must have a certain maximum viscosity or flow at low temperature. The lower the "W" number the better the oil's cold temperature performance."
i.e. 5W/30 will flow better in extreme cold conditions but unless you are riding in -10C or more I would keep to the standard 10W/40, which Suzuki states as being suitable for -20 degree conditions. Just ride gently until the bike is warmed up.

The below chart is from a V-Strom owners manual.
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By the chart I see that I can use 20w-50 in Phoenix AZ. I have some of that left over from dirt bikes. Some people worry too much about oil. I once bought a full case of Honda synthetic oil for a good price from someone who sold his Honda and bought some yamaha oil for his new Yamaha. I had to bite my tongue while completing the transaction.
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Yah, oil snobs are something else, eh?
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(Wonder when we will have to merge this thread into the oil thread?)

I used a very popular 5W40 synthetic. It works fine for me from 0f (-18c) up to 100f (38c). Actually up to 54c 126f in Death Valley on my 2006 DL650.

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redline oil has a 0W40 powersports synthetic sol at canadian tire that is about 10 more viscous than Amsoil 10W40 art 100 degrees C buy noticeably thinner at 0 degrees C. best of both worlds

It's volatility is slightly higher 9 versus 7 percent so you'll have to check oil levels once in a while but this should be a good one
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I agree Tom. If this thread continues it's headed for "The Big Oil Thread!!! The Only OIL Thread!!!".

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Sorry I'm late. I heard a rumor that there was an oil question...
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I use cooking oil. Peanut oil is my favorite. Canola is OK in a pinch. Watch out for vegetable oil, your clutch will slip badly.
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