I know this question has been asked 1001 times, but please humor me. What kind of oil do you guys/girls use and what type of filter. Do yous go to the dealer or can you find it at a place like "Pep Boys" or "AutoZone". Thanks in advance for you help and opinions.
I can't use synthetic oil yet. this is my first oil change. I'm still breaking the bike in. I heard that I can't use synthetic at first, I had to wait until I broke it in all the way. Also what kind of filter...model/number?
This site has a lot of good info. I have been told to use a straight weight oil when you break-in an engine. I think I am going to put SAE 30 Valvoline in my bike when I change the oil again at 500 miles. I just changed it and put 10w-40 Susuki motorcycle oil in and a OEM filter. I bought a Purolator ML 16817 for $7 at Pep Boys. I here it is a lot better than the FRAM ph6017a. It is a direct replacement for the FRAM filter and the OEM filter for the '03 636.
I just got my oil changed @ 300 miles (worried about little metal shavings circulating thru the engine) and they put in 3100 Motul. It's a synthetic blend and I'm not sure if I'm happy about it. They insisted it was the right thing, but I question it because when I asked after the fact they said "You're done with your break-in period, right?" and I barked "NO!!! I said I'm still breaking it in!" Of course they said that it was that right oil in that case. Do any of you know for sure? They seemed like a bunch of knuckleheads.
I just came from Cycle Gear and picked up new oil and a filter for the same 600 mile change. The guy explained to me that synthetic is for better for a broken in engine. You shouldn't use it during break in. I'd run the real stuff for a while. He said it's up to you after about 5K.
I would wait until at least 1500-2000 miles to goto synthetic...Until then go with Silkolene Ride 4T 20W-50 should be about $3.50 a quart (you need 4)...I will also recommend the K&N Oil filter part # KN-204 I think (check me on that one)...Silkolene is the best motorcycle oil in my opinion...just remember to stick with the same brand throughout the life of the bike...finally make sure to do it yourself, you can search this website for instructions on how to do it...really easy and under $30 (and 20 minutes) including your filter...wow I can't stop typing...last thing I live in California where it never gets cold so I go with the 20W-50...if it is going to get cold when you have the same oil go with 10W-40 (First # is low temp viscosity...lower the better, Second # is high temp viscosity higher # the better) go with on that fits you environment...Peace
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