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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-20-2013, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Oil Change

I'm preparing for my first oil change. I planned on using a full synthetic oil, Mobil Racing 4T 10W-40 but saw that Honda recommends 10W-30 (always go by the owners manual, it'll save you time and money).

However, Mobil doesn't make a motorcycle synthetic in that weight and using a heavier weight will lower MPG which I don't want. So, I've opted to go with Honda's full synthetic, HP4S 10W-30. I'm using Honda's OEM oil filter as well.

Honda builds quality products and I'm sure their oil will is just as good as Mobil.

My Bike: 2013 CBR500R in red w/ABS
My Gear: Arai Signet-Q Black Mask, Rukka Airway & Argosaurus, Dainese TRQ-Tour

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-20-2013, 10:14 PM
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Doubt you'd have any problems with 10-40. I have a few bottles of the Mobil 1 and will probably use those up before I spend money on anything else.

Castrol makes a part-synthetic 10-30, comparable to the basic Honda oil. Lucas makes a synthetic 10-30.

It's never been officially confirmed, but generally acknowledged in the Industry that Honda's oils are supplied by Mobil, so the Honda synthetic oil is probably a custom variant of Mobil 1 in any case...
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-21-2013, 01:20 AM
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If this is your first oil change you should hold off on the synthetic for a while. I was going to do the same thing but my dealer highly recommended waiting until at least 2000 miles or better yet closer to 4000 miles. Both guys said that the engine isn't quite fully broken in yet and that going to synthetic too soon could lead to valve issues later.

I'm going to head the advice and wait it out. I'm no mechanic but better safe than sorry. For now I'll still to the GP4 that the manual recommends.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-21-2013, 02:59 AM
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i use honda full synthetic oil and it is as good as recognized brands. It is coming from Japan to Thailand also. 10 - 30 is fine but for Thailand i prefer 10 - 40. It is hot here.
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