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I am doing about 200 miles tomorrow. I checked the oil and it just tips the low end.
Here is my problem...My normal mechanic isn't around to ask what oil he used. I will be riding by a Suzuki place....
Questions:confused:
1. Should I go on and wait to talk to my mechanic
2. Get some compatible 10w40 at the Suzuki place.
or
3. Don't go....:eek:
Oh yeah and
#4 - how much oil is needed if it just tips the low end.
Next time I change my own oil!!!
 

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Are you on the center stand when checking?
 

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Yes sir and i did not screw the dipstick in just seated it. If I screw it in I got plenty of oil....in case that comes up.
 

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Okay.....here is the plan.:eek:
I found a Honda Powersports dealer 20 minutes away.
I go by on the way and pick up some oil.
Does that sound ok?
 

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I would buy a qt of 10w40 honda dino oil and take it with you. There always seems to be a big discussion on how to check the oil level and the amount of time it takes for the oil to drain back into the pan. If you oil was recently changed and 4 qts were put in then it should be fine unless you have observed smoke or oil dripping under the bike. JMHO..
 

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It sounds like a good plan to me. I don't like mixing oil brands but when on the road and I can't get the oil I am useing I get what MC oil that is there and change it when I get home. I see it as the best that I can do at the time. Eric
 

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Thanks Charlie...None of that. I just followed the instructions in the manual. No leaking and oil was changed about 3K ago.
 

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Synthetic oil will mix well with dino, but that will shorten the life of your oil if your bike is full of Synthetic and you use dino. Buy a quart of Synthetic motorcycle oil and add some to bring it up between the two bars.

Then after your ride and at your leisure change to Synthetic Motorcycle Oil for peace of mind. I use Mobil One Motorcycle Racing Oil. Great stuff.
 

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I'm going to check my oil right now. As most do, I put a gallon in and forget it until I drain it. All's well. EFFIN': It's not a quart low if it's reading on the stick fully seated. You are not going to blow up. Buy a quart of regular 10W-40 motorcycle oil and top it off. And yes ! Do your own oil changes.The only inconvenience is getting your drained oil to any recycling tank.
 

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Could you please share where that information came from:confused:
Since there is semi-sythetic lubes on the market, I'd like to hear the history behind that statement. Thanks
Dino oil by nature starts to decompose from heat and friction. Semi synthetic oil is blended to lower the retail price of "synthetic oil." I would not want to put a 1/2 quart of dino oil in a full crankcase full of synthetic and ride it for a summer. A weekend or a week, probably would.

I use synthetic Mobil One Motorcycle Racing Oil. I change it once a year with a filter change in between. I don't count the miles put on the oil. I do the same thing with Mobil One in my pickup. A filter change 1/2 way through the year and don't count the miles.

I wouldn't dare do that with dino.
 

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Seem I just read a post some place from a fellow that had just Changed the oil on his 1800, Started it, ran it a few minutes and shut it down and check the oil it was not on the stick. After 20 minutes or so he checked it again and it was up where it should be.

On the 1500 you are not supposed to screw the stick in when check it.
I've used Shell Rotella T6, 5-40 Synthetic for the last 90,000 on my 93. Change oil and filter every 3000-4000 miles
Probably didn't help but it gave you guys something to read.;)

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Seem I just read a post some place from a fellow that had just Changed the oil on his 1800, Started it, ran it a few minutes and shut it down and check the oil it was not on the stick. After 20 minutes or so he checked it again and it was up where it should be.
Thats sounds like me today......After, I worried with this, bought a quart of oil, get back home, check the oil again and ....It was where it should be. Come back 10 minutes later and checked it again...same result. Maybe I am blind. Nonetheless, I appreciate you guys worrying with me. Sorry to waste your time.
 

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AAAwww gee wiz, what are friends for.;)
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It just is that way sometimes. I had some electrical problems a few weeks ago. I checked all of my fuses.... or I thought I had. I was talking to my friend about it, we went through the fuses again.... I had blown a fuse.
 

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You know I had that same problem. At least that's what someone told me. Still don't know what they meant.:confused:
 

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I am doing about 200 miles tomorrow. I checked the oil and it just tips the low end.
Here is my problem...My normal mechanic isn't around to ask what oil he used. I will be riding by a Suzuki place....
Questions:confused:
1. Should I go on and wait to talk to my mechanic
2. Get some compatible 10w40 at the Suzuki place.
or
3. Don't go....:eek:
Oh yeah and
#4 - how much oil is needed if it just tips the low end.
Next time I change my own oil!!!
I use full synthetic most of the time and use 1 liter bottles. 1 liter = 1.05668821 US quarts so I know there is enough oil in the engine. I still check it every time I ride, whcih could be daily at times, and it is usually in the middle of the marks with dip stick NOT screwed in and at the top mark when I screw it in. I believe the specs are just under 4 qts with new filter so if the dealer follwed the spec you would read lower on the dip stick. I always use 4 full liters or quarts.:)
 

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Checking oil..... Should be done on a cold engine or at least 30 minutes after shutting down. This is due to oil "hang".

As far as blending... Synthetic, petroleum, blend... They will all blend well enough to operate but it is recommended to change oil as soon as possible.

The base stocks of the oils will blend with no problems but additive packages, which is what you are really concerned about, may vary and can effect the life or operational characteristics of the oil.

Many people believe that "oil is oil" and, especially these days, that is far from the truth.

Oil, is the Lifeblood of your engine. The oil filter, is the Kidney that keeps it clean.

The Best isn’t cheap
Cheap isn’t The Best


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Did you read my entire statement ?

Checking oil..... Should be done on a cold engine or at least 30 minutes after shutting down. This is due to oil "hang".

Checking oil has been normally been on a cold engine through the ages.

Somewhere, someone came up with the thought "what about thermal expansion?".... I am not sure that 3.9 qts of oil expands enough to make a difference and we are always concerned about "cling" or "hang" with some oils more than others.

Here is what I think is the best idea... Change your oil leaving sufficicient time for the oil to drain. Do Not rock the bike from side to side to get more oil out. Put in the exact amount required with a filter, 3.9 does not mean 4.... that is overfilled... and then check it cold... for giggles, check it 30 minutes after a ride to see the difference.

I had a customer that was in "Dire need" of a qt of oil as his engine was low. I met him at 10 PM just to keep him happy...

I informed him about checking the oil at least 30 minutes after shutdown and he called me the next day to apologize for dragging me out at night.. It was worth it, he bought oil and filters for his Hemi truck and Jeep right then... LOL

Have a great day and don't forget.... "Wings Over the Smokies in Flrtcher, NC"


The Best isn’t cheap
Cheap isn’t The Best


Bob
 
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