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09-14-2015, 10:52 AM,
Oil Type
I am picking up my new 1300 deluxe tomorrow. Leaving Kawasaki after many years. My question is what is the best oil to run and what filters fit it.
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09-19-2015, 02:46 AM,
RE: Oil Type
People fight over this: synthetic or not. I have not used synthetics on either of my bikes yet.

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09-19-2015, 11:56 AM,
RE: Oil Type
If it's new I wouldn't put synthetic in it. Regular oil is best for break in. Personally, I would not use synthetic until at least 10K miles. After that as Snayk said, it is a never ending debate. As far as oil and filters go this has good info.
09-19-2015, 02:52 PM,
RE: Oil Type
for oil I have been using shell rotella T6 synthetic for years, my buddy has been using it in his Honda 919 rocket for years also.
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09-28-2015, 12:55 PM,
RE: Oil Type
(09-19-2015, 02:52 PM)Keith Wrote: for oil I have been using shell rotella T6 synthetic for years, my buddy has been using it in his Honda 919 rocket for years also.
I have used T6 in my Kawasaki for year with no problems so when I go synthetic I will go with it again
09-28-2015, 08:50 PM,
RE: Oil Type
I use the OEM filter. I steer away from high efficiency filters because they could theoretically cause flow problems. Purolator has a 99% efficiency filter that falls in this category and even Purolator recommends against using it in motorcycle engines.
10-07-2015, 11:47 AM,
RE: Oil Type
Been using YamaLube since new, have 22K+ miles,
No problems at all.
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10-08-2015, 11:16 AM,
RE: Oil Type
i like amsoil because it's a GL5 which is best for engines with the transmission in the same oil as the engine. gears really rip the oil apart (shearing). it's why standared oils thin so fast in motorcycles. also on 650s the crank is supported with shell bearings not rollers. synthetics are better for shell type bearings.
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03-26-2016, 11:37 PM,
RE: Oil Type
I'm new to these forums but I tried Motul 20w50 synthetic and didn't like the engine noise.. I had a friend recommend Rotella T 15w40 as he usues it in his Royal Star so I tried it and wow.. quieter engine.. smoother/better power.. smoother clutch .. FYI I bought my Vstar 1300 with 52000 miles on it July '15 and I'm now at 55 miles.. I have recommended it to another Vstar rider and he feels the same differences I have. Rotella T 15W40 is a diesel engine oil .
03-27-2016, 11:56 AM,
Oil Type
Another here for Rotella T6. It's been phenomenal since my second oil change. And I bought my bike new in 2007

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