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post #1 of 40 Old 03-31-2004, 11:16 AM
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When may I syn?

Okay, here's another question that I'm sure will generate debate, so I'll go with the most consistent answers. :wink:
For my first oil change (500-600 miles) on the '04, should I just use a conventional oil or can I use semi-synthetic? My plan is to always use a semi-synthetic every 2,500-3,000 miles.....just want to know if I should use it now or wait until I reach 3,000.

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post #2 of 40 Old 03-31-2004, 11:24 AM
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I'd wait until the clutch is broken in properly. I'd say between 3 and 5k miles.

I will be putting a full synthetic in once I hit 5k miles.

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post #3 of 40 Old 04-01-2004, 11:52 AM
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wait for 3000 miles :lol:
post #4 of 40 Old 04-02-2004, 12:57 PM
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Slap that synthetic in there. It won't have any effects on "clutch break-in".
You're talking about bike-specific stuff, right? :twisted:
post #5 of 40 Old 04-02-2004, 03:59 PM
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definitely wait until 2500-3000 miles.it's all the other stuff in there that needs to break in as well.one thing to keep in mind about full synthetic is that some of it will burn,specifically those designed for superbike racing engines that allow engine builders to use tighter tolerances and super-thin oil developed for that purpose.they don't need to worry about oil burning over a 100-mile event but it does burn.motul 300v is one of those,excellent oil,but keep your eye on that window over long term mileage between changes.also,where are you riding?back country highways away from cycle shops when you need a little oil(little leak you fix on the road)you can't use the stuff from the shed behind the fruit stand to mix with your synthetic but it will mix with a blend to get you home.cletus doesn't use redline race oil in his tractor. :idea:
post #6 of 40 Old 04-02-2004, 07:16 PM
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ahhh...I love a good oil thread. Nothing like it to liven up a board and ferret out the religious preferences of the locals. :lol: :lol:
post #7 of 40 Old 06-10-2005, 01:00 AM
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definitely wait until 2500-3000 miles.it's all the other stuff in there that needs to break in as well
That must be why some of the most expensive cars in the world come from the factory with Mobil 1. :wink: I talked to a guy that builds and races motorcycle drag bikes and engines. He puts syn oil in all his bikes from the get go. He said modern engines break in very quickly, synthetic doesn't inhibit the process at all. I am NO EXPERT, just going on other peoples experience and opinions. I never really used to be a big synthetic believer until recently, now it is all I plan on using. Engine noises became minimal and the shifting is awesome!!
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I switched to Mobil 1 at 600 miles or thereabouts. My bike uses no oil.
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post #9 of 40 Old 06-10-2005, 10:53 AM
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Yep - I am switching to Amsoil Motorcycle 10W40 in a few more miles here - at 600 exactly. Switch then and never look back.
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post #10 of 40 Old 08-04-2005, 12:35 AM
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Kidder is spot on. Between 3K and 5K miles. A motorcycle engine needs mineral-based oil to burnish, i. e., seal the pores of the metallic parts of the engine, including the clutch. Synthetic oils, due to the properties that make them superior lubricators, don't perform this process well at all.

The burnishing process seals all the microscopic pores in your engine's metal parts, creating a naturally slick surface that's far more resistant to wear and has been shown to significantly extend engine life. Once that's occurred, then switching to synthetic will give you all the advantages synthic oils are known for.

Superbike racing teams have been following this same methodology for years with their track bikes. It's sort of like seasoning a cast iron skillet. No joke!
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