So, my "Local" dealer uses mostly 15w-50 for oil. My owners manual says 20w50, LT Snyder's book says 10w50 and my Haynes manual says 10w40.
Okay, there's the baseline to my question.
I was once told, at an early age to be wrenching on vehicles, that switching brands usually isn't a problem, but you want to stick with the same viscosity
unless you want to start burning oil. Not sure how true that is, but I've always tried to keep it in mind and have usually been just fine following that mantra. As I face an overdue
oil change on my ST2, finding 15w50, which the bike currently has in it, is turning out to be a bit of a nightmare. I have some Spectro Golden 10w40 already in my garage that I could use, but I don't think that bike has ever had that in it. SO, should I continue searching for 15w50, follow LT's suggestion and go 10w50, or go with what I have? (Or follow OEM and do 20w50?) And if I DO switch viscosities, am I asking for trouble as per the old wisdom I was raised with?
Then that leads to my next question. I was also once told that the main difference between Motorcycle specific oil and regular automotive oil was that bike oil was designed not to effect clutch operation as many auto oils have extra additives that cling and coat and can cause an oil bath clutch to slip. As I have a dry clutch bike, would I be okay and grabbing oil at the local AutoZone (if they have the viscosity I want), or is there some other reason to avoid car oil and stick with MC specific oil?
My biggest issue is that finding an open bike shop around my area is nearly impossible with my work schedule. My "Local" duc dealer is an hour and half away, overpriced, pretentious, and I have had problems with them before (why drive three hours for oil?). I actually had to get an oil filter at the local Harley Davidson Dealer (That was actually a really fun
), and was only able to do that because they are open on Sundays. Really trying to avoid mail order.
Okay. I think I've laid down enough fuel. Time for someone to throw in a match so we can watch this thing burn up.