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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-25-2009, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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06 zx6r oil recomendations

First time bike owner getting ready to do my first oil change (bike has 1500 mi.). Was looking for suggestions on oil and filter for the job and were I can get the oil for a good price. 5w40 Shell Rotella seems to be a fan favorite from the posts I've read but what filter sould be used with it?

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-27-2009, 06:00 PM
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You can use an OEM filter or a Amsoil, Wix, or Purofilter (I think that's the name).

I will tell you this though. You will get flack for running Rotella T 5W-40. It's not a motorcycle specific oil, so people are scared to run it. I run it on my '06 636 and I have no problems. I'm also not a track guy, so I'm not going to be riding the bike super hard. Ride on streets and the occasional backroad. At most, I will put 6k miles on my bike in a year. I'm also going to always change my oil between 2-2.5k miles. That's no matter what oil I use. If I use Amsoil, Motul, Rotella, Mobil 1, or whatever else it's going to get changed.

My OWN PERSONAL OPINION is if you don't track a lot or ride the bike in high rpms a lot, you could easily get away running the cheaper Rotella T 5w40 or Rotella 15w40. I'm running 5W40 for the winter months and 15w40 for the spring and summer. I ride year around if it's not raining, so I will need to run two different oils.

If you track and run the bike in higher rpms, I would recommend running Amsoil or Motul, just for the peace of mind. You seem like a person who is just going to be cruising on the streets and using the bike as a commuter, like myself, so the Rotella's should work just as good for us.

The only reason why I'm running Rotella is because I change my oil regardless at 2-2.5k miles and I don't run my bike hard through the rpms. When I rode my Suzuki Bandit I used cheap, motorcycle specific, Valvoline 10w40 oil and I changed it every 1.5-2k miles.

In the end, it's all personal preference. I'm trying to save a buck and getting a gallon of Rotella T 5w40 for $20 at Wally World is good for me. It currently takes me 4-6 months to ride 2k miles for the most part.
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