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Old 06-04-2007, 10:03 AM   #1
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Question which oil?

I have seen this posted before for other bikes and i am sorry for asking this again but would like to know what oil should I use for my SV650s? :eh: any brand and/or synthetic or reg and what wt.?
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Old 06-04-2007, 10:05 AM   #2
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reg.....MOTUL. it's all preference really though. i don't use synthetic....cuz i'd change the oil every 2k miles anyway.

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I've had real good results using Motul oil.
On an SV, once it's broken in, say after 7500 miles, the Motul 5100 works well.

In the end, no matter what brand you choose, use a motorcycle specific oil, change it and the filter regularly and you'll be fine.
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Old 06-04-2007, 10:16 AM   #4
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patrick do you have that Motul 5100 in stock so i can go by and pick some up later in the week? also how many miles do you recommend oil changes for the SV?
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i never knew what the diffence was between syn. and reg., even for cars. can someone explain?
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i never knew what the diffence was between syn. and reg., even for cars. can someone explain?
Just run the regular stuff in your bike for now.
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Just run the regular stuff in your bike for now.
there's no need for synthetic if your just commute right? i can understand if you use it on the track. Also i hear that if you use synthetic, you have to stick to it or something will happen to your gaskets? im not sure what im talking about, but can anybody inform me on this?
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synthetic is thicker, takes longer to break down. but do you really wanna run the same oil in your bike/car for a prolonged period of time? i'd change the oil/filter every 2k miles on the bike anyways, so it doesn't matter what oil i'd use. i think the real difference is just how much money you're gonna spend.

i say for commuting, doesn't really matter....just make sure you keep up on the oil changes. if i'm wrong, someone please correct me.
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synthetic is thicker, takes longer to break down. but do you really wanna run the same oil in your bike/car for a prolonged period of time? i'd change the oil/filter every 2k miles on the bike anyways, so it doesn't matter what oil i'd use. i think the real difference is just how much money you're gonna spend.

i say for commuting, doesn't really matter....just make sure you keep up on the oil changes. if i'm wrong, someone please correct me.
i always change my oil/filter every 2500 miles religiously.
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there's no need for synthetic if your just commute right? i can understand if you use it on the track. Also i hear that if you use synthetic, you have to stick to it or something will happen to your gaskets? im not sure what im talking about, but can anybody inform me on this?
i dont think so.

SpanishFly, while both synthetic and non-synthetic oils contain additives, the base stock of synthetics is manufactured in a lab while the base stock of non-synthetics comes from distilled crude oil. The additives in synthetics are usually of much better quality than the ones in non-synthetics. Synthetic oils exhibit superior characteristics with respect to high temperature viscosity breakdown when compared to non-synthetic (or "dino") oils. The long hydrocarbon chains in "dino" oils are more susceptible to degradation at high temperatures.

Synthetics also have smaller, more consistently sized and shaped molecules. Because of this they can handle higher temps better than mineral oils. This is why newer, higher performance cars (and bikes) that have fairly tight tolerances throughout the engine assembly require Synthetics. Synthetics also typically flow better at cold start-up than mineral oils.
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there's no need for synthetic if your just commute right? i can understand if you use it on the track. Also i hear that if you use synthetic, you have to stick to it or something will happen to your gaskets? im not sure what im talking about, but can anybody inform me on this?
On a new bike using a regular motorcycle specific oil and changing it regularly with the filter will get you around town just fine. I would also change it after every track day if you are doing those or thinking about doing one. The synthetic stuff has some good properties but for most of us on the street or track it just does not pay off. I change mine after every track day with regular Motul and have not had any issues. You do want to avoid switching between a regular and sythetic. So pick one and ride on.
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what if i messed up and accidentally put car syn 10w 40 in my 91 1100 is that bad for it?
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completly diff additives, could do a numerous of things,,, for one it will react with the wet clutch and in the high rpms the oil will not hold up causing the bearings and all to dry up causeing a catastropic boom most likely causing a piston to go through the block..... anotherwords yes its bad, change it out to motorcycle oil run it a few min and change it again
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completly diff additives, could do a numerous of things,,, for one it will react with the wet clutch and in the high rpms the oil will not hold up causing the bearings and all to dry up causeing a catastropic boom most likely causing a piston to go through the block..... anotherwords yes its bad, change it out to motorcycle oil run it a few min and change it again
thank you for the info.
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buy the 10w40 for .99 from the gas station. bike will run like a champ
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