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Just understand that Suzuki and any other motorcycle company doesn't make their own oil or filters. They have other companies make that for them. I used Suzuki oil and my bike wouldn't shift right. It was terrible pulling out in traffic, shifting to 2nd and it not engaging. and then scrambling to get my feet on the ground before it fell while traffic was still coming at me.

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Rotella t6 has the Jaso rating for wet clutches. I use it in my valkyrie trike, royal star tour deluxe and my Suzi bobber. NO PROBLEMS EVER.
Been using t6 many years.
That's what I've been using for years in my previous bikes, also without any problem

But I've also noticed on my C50 that there were times when I had some annoying trouble shifting at inconvient times. Not after I originally bought the bike but later, after I started topping it off with the T6 I already had on hand. (I have no idea what was in the bike when I purchased it, but I put a lot of miles on it last summer so it's been topped up a lot. It's probably mostly T6 in there now. )

I didn't connect the shifting issue with the oil at the time I posted this thread. I just assumed it was some normal quirkiness for this make and model. My previous rides had their own quirks, too. You learn what to ignore...and what not to ignore.

Since others here with the same shifting issue recommended an alternative that solved the problem for them, I figure I better listen up and give their advice a try.

I guess I'll know how it turns out by the time I get back from Sturgis. 🙂


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Sorry to revive this thread, but I figured it would be more relevant than starting a new one.

Recommended: Mobil 1 15W-50 Full Synth. Fine.

It's frikkin' unobtanium around here , and I'm 15 minutes outside of a major city.
Either I have to order it, wait for it, and pay shipping charges, or run on out to one (the only one in the area that has it) of the WallyWorlds that isn't really close by. Nobody keeps this stuff on the shelves.

I don't want to rehash the what type of oil is best threads 'cause I'm fresh out of popcorn, but great oil that I can't find ain't working out for me.

I need something that's readily available (and decently priced) at AutoZone or Advance Auto for example. Not something that's geocached.
Otherwise, it's back to WalMart (a local one) for some Rotella T6.

PS: My bike just passed PA state inspection a few hours ago with flying colors. My first multi-day, multi-state camping trip is coming up. Time to make everything all good for a new riding season.


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Mobil 1 15w50 is available, I used to pick mine up at the Walmart in Robinson.

In fact, the 5 quart jug is in stock at both Robinson AND Moon...

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Mobil-1-A...-5-qt/20713647

Not sure what end of town you're on, but there are plenty of Walmarts and they tend to keep this in stock pretty regularly.
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Well, that's good news. Thanks.

Either they just stocked it or something was wrong with my interwebs. I had just finished another fruitless search, including Wal-Mart which didn't show the oil in stock at any nearby stores, posted about it and now, whoop there it is.

Those stores are nearby and as luck would have it. I was just a few miles away from one of them this morning when my bike was getting inspected.

I'll head out tomorrow and pick some up.

I'm saving your link.

Oops, it turns out they don't have it in stock. They can order it though. They used to ship for free to a store, but it looks that option is not available.
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Some people you just can't reach.

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have been using Castrol GTX 10/40 in spring/fall/winter and 20/50 in summer for the last 150k miles I've ridden on the 3 suzukis I have owned...never an issue...available anywhere.

Whats the big hurry...slow down and enjoy the ride!

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I must have been a good boy and the Lord has smiled upon me...

After a very long period of "we don't stock it" and "we just ran out" concerning the 15W-50 and the proper filter size, everything fell into place today.*

I checked the Wal-Mart link this morning that Skrapiron posted yesterday which showed the oil was out of stock last night. Well, it was all now in stock this morning...at all the local stores. (I should mention, I don't really have a local Wal-Mart...just some that are closer than others.) I ran up there right off and bought myself some.

But they didn't have the filters or the gear oil.

So I hit Advance Auto on the way home. They had the gear oil.
But they were out of the filters.

I eventually stopped at another Advance Auto,
They had the filters.

So, 34 miles and worth it.

*Just so I can keep my man card. I'm not prone to whining and whimpering on the web when all the stars don't conveniently align. I'll admit to getting a bit exasperated. I've been "just missing" finding this stuff in stock for a couple of months. Just the law of averages asserting itself, I guess.

Onward then.
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I love it when a plan comes together. Those other recommended oils are all inferior in all aspects compared to Mobil1 15W50.

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Pep Boys at Robinson has the purolator filters. Or you can change the adapter to use more common ones. Glad it worked out for you.

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