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Wondering what type oil is the best for the Ohio climate? I've read alot of different types being used and just want to use the best one for my new baby! '05 DL1000. Thanks!
 

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Let me word this different!

Let me word this differently! I read on the V-Strom yahoo group in a survey that alot of people are using many different weights of oil(10w-50,20w-50,shell rotella5w-40). I know it recommends 10w40. I just wanted to hear from someone that uses one of those different kinds and why. Thanks! Karl
 

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shuvelhed73 said:
Let me word this differently! I read on the V-Strom yahoo group in a survey that alot of people are using many different weights of oil(10w-50,20w-50,shell rotella5w-40). I know it recommends 10w40. I just wanted to hear from someone that uses one of those different kinds and why. Thanks! Karl
Oils tend to lose their rated viscosity as the miles roll up due to fuel dilution etc. so an oil that starts out as a 5W-40 may be down to a 30 by the time it's changed. For this reason, and in warmer climates, some folks will use a 20W-50 year round. If you ride your bike a lot during the winter you could use a 10W-40 and then switch to a 20W-50 as the temps start to rise.
Really though the only way you'll know how any of these oils are holding up is by having an oil analysis done. It's not too spendy and can tell you a lot about the quality of the oil you're using. Whether you waited too long to change it, or whether you could have waited a bit longer. Also, if you're running a synthetic oil the rated viscosity isn't as critical for cold weather because the synth won't get really thick like a dino oil will. I like the Mobil 1 MX4T 10W-40 or their 20W-50 motorcycle oils. However, they are quite spendy and you will do fine by using the Mobil 1 15W-50 red cap. Cheap and available at Wal-Mart or any grocery store for that matter. Just don't use the "energy conserving" oils in your motorcycle. My $.02
 

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Great info! My questions are answered-thanks for easing my mind about my first and future oil changes. Now all I need is some nice weather to take my '05 DL1000 on a first ride!!!!!!!!
 
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Also, don't discount Suzuki's own oil. Last time I purchased, it was under $3 a quart and works wonderfully. It's a plain steal! At that price I don't flinch when changing my oil every 2500 miles, which is long before it has a chance to break down. It's far easier on any engine to change standard oil every 2500 miles than run expensive synthetics for 8000+ miles between changes, marketing claims aside.

Remember, frequent oil changes; using a high quality (Suzuki, Napa Gold or K&N) oil filter (changed every 5000 miles); and frequent air filter inspection/cleaning and replacement as needed are the three most important maintenance items you can do to keep your engine running happy.
 
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