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Yeah, I'm changing the oil.

So my choices are:

Rotella T6 5W40 2.5 gal (none had 1 gal) at local Walmarts for $53 https://www.walmart.com/ip/Rotella-T...5-gal/43803355 (Amazon way overpriced)

Mobil 1 V-Twin 20W50 4 qt. at Amazon $40 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00062YZZS...RYS8XURJ&psc=1

Mobil 1 15W50 5 qt. at local Walmarts $23 https://www.walmart.com/ip/Mobil-1-1...5-qt./20713647

The Rotella T 15W40 is the cheaper at $13 a gal but not synthetic so not on my list.

So am I good with these choices?

Cost wise the Rotella edges out the Mobil 1 15W50 just a wee bit but I'm not concerned with that.
Unless there's a good reason for me to use W50 in my climate, I'll likely go with the Rotella.

After having read through numerous threads and reviews it's amazing how some folks will praise a certain oil then others will claim that the same oil ran/shifted like crap on their bike.

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Oh boy! It was getting a bit quiet around here with everyone riding and no one posting. OIL THREAD!

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Alright my two cents after my front piston overheating which lead to a rebuild and things I do differently and why. I ran 15w-40 t5 back then...

If you use heavier oil and ride hard, you will slowly loose oil through the crank breather. Heavier oil accompanies an increase in oil pressure. So check your oil level somewhat frequently. Especially with 15w/20w multi weights. That lost oil will be in your air intake tube and/or burned.

What I do now is use an inexpensive 10w-40 (Autoquest, but this is regional), 5% Lucas oil stabilizer and a K&N filter. I change the filter once per season, but change the oil once per month (runs me $2.44/qt...so like $7.50/mo). If you wanna use a moto specific oil, try valvoline 10w-40 motorcycle oil. Runs $4.99/qt here. It's about oil change frequency, not synthetic, conventional or even weight really. It's also about price for most us.

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tried many different types when i had my 04 volusia...reg...synthetic...then at around 40k started using only castrol gtx...10/40 spring/fall/winter...20/50 summer...change my oil every 2k-2.5k so doesn't make sense for me to use synthetic...so now on my 3rd bike and only using castrol for the last 125k miles since I only started using the castrol gtx very pleased. Willl admit the mobil 1 synthetic,,,at that time the red cap... was probably the best...but no regrets with the castrol.

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might as well get it out of the way now...

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I don't want this turning into a "my oil is the best oil" debate but it might be too late. I do like knowing what option are out that have been tried and their experiences with it.

I don't ride many miles, yet, so paying a little more for oil isn't so as big of a deal since I won't be changing oil often.

I'm still leaning towards the Rotella and a new K&N filter.

I want to avoid getting the wrong oil again like I just did.

So 40W or 50W? Lol
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The manual never calls for 20w-50 but has a diagram of Temps where it is OK. 10w-40 synthetic motorcycle specific oil is your best choice based on all things given. Synthetic is already a bit thicker than convential. Choose your brand is all that's left.
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either one should be fine...when I first bought my first bike...04 volusia...new off the showroom floor, w/in the first few months...I logged 6k ... I was taking it in every 3k miles to get the oil changed. They used 10/40 and that was in the summer months. After my third change I started doing it myself...took the advice of the service manager who realized i would be realisticly be one of the guys who would be putting miles on the mc and advised me to learn to do my own oil changes, easy enough and nice saving about $40. By the following year, learned from here about oil weights and began experimenting w/ different oils, dyno/syn ...and different weights 10/40-20/50 at different weather temps.

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the back of the royal purple doesn't say Energy conerserving on the backside in that round label in the mid-right corner. So in theory your clutch shouldn't slip. But to be safe, if you haven't poured it in yet, return it and get some Jaso MA2 specified oil.
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In the Yamaha I use Rotella T and a Purolator car filter. Think I'm going to switch to it on the Volusia on the next change.

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