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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 05-17-2017, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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time for my first oil change

Hey guys, i was doing some searching around, and I've found mixed answers. I want too change the oil in my bike, because i'm not totally sure the last time it was changed. What oil weight/brand is best to use? My Honda repair manual says 10/30, a lot of guys on here seem to like 20/50 or rotella. I've always used 20/50 in other bikes. just don't want to use the wrong stuff. Also recommendations on filters welcome. I know not to trust fram already.


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I use to use mobile one...now use rotella T6.

There are a ton of oil threads here to look through

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Chuck_VTX_F runs Fram filters, for decades, on all his many Hondas. He's a retired Honda/ bike/ auto mechanic, and knows his stuff. Fram stories= fallacy. I personally use Mobil 1, 4T Racing synthetic, 10W40, and Mobil 1 M108 filter. Just because. Not pinching pennies. I like to spoil my bikes and women. Remember there are 2 drain plugs. Once you change oil, if you check the level while sitting level, when you put it on the kickstand, re-check the level and mark with a little file so you can check it that way in the future w/o having the bike sitting level.
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I love using Purolator PL14612 oil filters (search Amazon for these, they're an amazing deal) and Amsoil for metric motorcycles. I've tried a few other routes and feel like this combo is what's right for my bike and my climate
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We rarely use 20-50 here. Liquid cooled engine does not need it.
A couple cases where the sprag would not engage when the starter motor turned over.
10-40 is the most popular, should be the most preferred in the Honda engine oil temp chart.
Diesel engine oil is in common use, Rot T6 5-40 syn, I use it sometimes. Good winter oil.
Usually 15-40 Diesel oil is what I use. I have done 39 oil changes some with automotive engine oils....
I like the Purolator, it has a large filter area, simple bypass valve. L14612(standard), PL14612(better).
I prefill my oil filters before installing....
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shell rotella synthetic or dino.
i used to use synthetic rotella but have switched to dino some time back
i change every 2-3 thousand miles anyway so no need for synthetics
my vtx has had rotella from day one...31.000 miles and purrs like a kitten
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Your engine is water cooled, 20-50 is not needed to help cool the engine. Sure you can use it, by why when it doesn't help any.

When you do change your oil, remember there are 2 drain plugs on this Honda engine. Go here and see the write up on how to change the oil http://tech.bareasschoppers.com
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Rotella T-6, Mobil 1-110 filter 2005 1300R 49,000 miles. Don't make yourself crazy with this. Just use any recommended oil and filter and ride. Do you mull over this stuff with your car? I'm guessing not.

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And don't lose the copper washers on each drain bolt. Don't ask me how I know this.

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