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post #1 of 17 Old 03-21-2016, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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The dealer replaced the oil and filter at 1000k's. They put in good mineral oil, which is fine, but I want to run fully synthetic in this bike. So it's on with the old Norton T shirt and disgracefully dirty black jeans as it's oil change time. 4000k's on the clock ,about 3000 of them at the local race track here in Perth.The cowl was 4 bolts and off, the filter looked too hard to remove with coolant reservoir in position, 1 bolt, and move aside . Was really pleased to see that there was next to nothing sticking to the sump plug magnet, and the oil , though discoloured, wasn't BLACK, in gee that looks buggared. 3.2litres of oil and a new filter later, all done , that was easy. Off to servo, fill tank ready for 300 + k's at the track this friday. Not having used fully synthetic before am curious to see if I can feel any difference. One friend said , ''she will run smoother and revs will spin up faster. Compared to my old V twin it spins up so fast am not sure I will notice an improvement.So you long time 4 cylinder riders, any thoughts on fully syn compared to mineral.Will it last longer than mineral ? I like to change oil every 3000k's as most of my riding is ride days at track and hardly have any time to get out on the street, so takes 4 months to clock up a measly 3000k's

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You're doing it wrong.
that's what my wife always says , but as you are not her am not sure what you mean. And isn't it weird that how girlfriends never say '' you're doing it wrong '' until they become wives ?
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I fill my oil filter up with oil before screwing it back onto the bike. If that's not done then the valves will ping until it fills up and starts circulating oil again.




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I fill my oil filter up with oil before screwing it back onto the bike. If that's not done then the valves will ping until it fills up and starts circulating oil again.
good tip will do next time. Any thoughts on synthetic as opposed to mineral.

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For running in i am used Mineral (this is because it allows you to seat rings better)
After around 2000 km i swapped out for synthetic (it provides better lubrication and survives the pounding at high revs better)

As for feeling a difference between them I did not feel any difference. I would expect the oil to be in better shape after some hard Km and i expect the internals to survive better long term but would not expect to see any difference until 80k onwards to be honest. (prob will have sold it and upgraded by that point anyways)
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good tip will do next time. Any thoughts on synthetic as opposed to mineral
There are 10,000,000 opinions on the matter, good luck :-)

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For what its worth. I actually ask the head mechanic at the Dealer this exact question when I went for my first service. He indicated that they attended a workshop with Suzuki that had a great emphasis on oil. He reckoned that mineral based oil should be used for the first 10 000km and then synthetic thereafter. It apparently takes that long (10 000km) to fully ride in a new engine. Like someone said before, suppose it depends on how long you gonna keep your bike and what type of longevity and performance to want from it. I am also sure you will get many different views as well.
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I changed over to full synth at 4000k and as expected I noticed no difference in performance, engine noise or gear changes and I only changed as i believe it would be better with some of our long very hot rides we do and lean running bike run very warm

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