A lot of our knowledge comes from us reading many posts over many years, often on many different forums. I wouldn't be surprised if the cumulative knowledge base of this forum exceeds 500 years (taking into account each user's personal experience, and other forums/threads they have read).
We know what we're talking about; we've been around the block a few times. I started on the Ninja 500 as well, and am going on my fourth year riding. Four years accumulates quite a bit of knowledge, especially given my personality of having to know how things work and DIY stuff. At the same time, four years doesn't hold a candle to half the people here.
Not sure where I was going with this, but I'll finish by saying we're not trying to dupe or mislead you. There's another forum for that.
So because nothing bad happened "this time" means it's ok to run the wrong oil in your motorcycle? They make motorcycle specific oil for a reason. It's not rocket science.
Nope, it's crotch-rocket science!!!
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