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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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According to the picture of the back of the bottle where the ''donut'' can be seen, that oil does not contain the additives that would damage the clutch. If those additives were present, the donut would contain the words ''RESOURCE CONSERVING'' or ''ENERGY CONSERVING''.

The API service is ''SN'' which is one of the most recent and very acceptable for our bikes.

As to your other choices.... the rotella 5w40 has been shown to degrade the viscosity due to the gear contact with the additives used to enhance the viscosity over a wider range than the specified 10w40 type oils and it fairly quickly moves in the direction of becoming more of a 0w30 and giving a different and degraded feel to the shifting of the transmission.

The Mobil 1 motorcycle oil is a much better choice if you are going to spend the extra money on a synthetic oil.

Given the short oil change intervals most follow with these bikes - there is NO real advantage to using a synthetic oil and the very best oil reported here has been the Rotella 15w40 non-synthetic that is specifically rated for motorcycle use.

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I run that Mobil 20w50 in the summer. It's normally 11 bucks or so at Autozone but I got a stupid deal at the beginning of the season. It was like 6 bucks a quart so I bought all of them, went to another Autozone, and bought all of those too.
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So it's now a toss up with so many comments on the oils. It's seems like pretty much everyone has had good results and problems with just about everything. I'm beginning to understand why these oil threads go the way they go.

I don't expect to to even come close to 3000k miles this first year so it'll likely be a yearly oil change so the extra cost of synthetic is not a problem. I'm simply gonna go to my local Walmart and grab the Mobil 1 10W40 synthetic MOTORCYCLE oil and be done with it.

I'd like to thank all the posters for their input.
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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
I run 15w40.
I will add that the ONLY time I used Mobil 1 synthetic (non-v twin specific) my bike started leaking oil from the rear rocker cover. It's weeped ever since, and is not enough to worry about- volume wise.

Finally, I am not recommending any one oil, or suggesting that my choice is better than the next. Just reporting here.
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Run the Mobil1 15W50 and call it a day.

The Rotella 5W40 is too light.

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So I've got some votes for 40W and some for 50W. My local Walmarts carry both the Mobil 1 10W40 (Racing) and 20W50 (V-Twin) motorcycle variants. They both run the same price.

So it's now a choice of which of the two. 10W40 is the main recommendation in the Suzuki manual. 20W50 is an option according to the same manual.

20W50 (V-Twin) is considered better suited for hotter running engines such as air-cooled according to Mobil's data sheet while at the same time some members recommend it for hotter climates such as mine I imagine. I've also been told it has better lubricative properties though I'm not exactly sure what that implies.

On the flip side 10W40, or for the purpose of this discussion Mobil 1 10W40 Racing, is a more general temperature use oil which is claimed by some as better suited for milder climates. It also differs in that it is JASO MA certified while the 20W50 is not.

Mobil 1 states that both oils are formulated for wet clutch use.

So I've come to the conclusion that when I go to Walmart to purchase my oil I will base my decision on the most educated, informative and scientific method possible......a coin toss.

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I would base it on which one is cheaper, it really doesn't matter.


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The Mobil1 15W50 is so close in characteristics it doesn't pay to buy the 20W50 VTwin but I see the 15W50 isn't even on your list so carry on.

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I would get the motorcycle oil.
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