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post #11 of 28 (permalink) Old 02-18-2016, 01:02 PM
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It doesn't matter if you're using the best synthetic or unicorn spit as your oil, but if it's not formulated at 10W-30, it's wrong.


10W-40 can simply be "too thick" at certain temperatures to get where it needs to be to lubricate properly. All you running 10W-40 "without any problems", just may not know it was a problem until the longevity of the engine is cut short on the back end.


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It doesn't matter if you're using the best synthetic or unicorn spit as your oil, but if it's not formulated at 10W-30, it's wrong.


10W-40 can simply be "too thick" at certain temperatures to get where it needs to be to lubricate properly. All you running 10W-40 "without any problems", just may not know it was a problem until the longevity of the engine is cut short on the back end.
How come its 10w30 where my dealer (Honda Official Dealer in my country) have 10w40 as standard for the CB500. ?

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10W-40 is probably the most common motorcycle oil, so your dealer is probably a lazy hack and doesn't want to look up that it clearly shows in all of the 500 manuals that I've seen, to use 10W-30. They may not stock it, and they just want to charge you for what they do have.
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I don't overkill on maintenance and have never had a problem (Talking from 60K to 87K on bikes).

Oil - Use Valvoline MC oil from WALMART at $3.98 a quart and Fram Oil Filters from Walmart (every 3000 or 4000 miles, sometiems 5000).

Air Filters - Once in a while (Maybe every 25000 miles or 40000 miles).

Radiator Fluid -- Every 3 or 4 years.

Brake Fluid -- Every three or so years.

Chain - Have used Dupont Teflon from Walmart (bad thing is chain shows rust). Been using Champion from Walmart (like it OK). Wipe chain off and lube every 800 to 1000 miles and adjust when needed. Never have used any cleaner on chain, just wipe it off. Sometimes if very dirty (ride gravel some), wipe it off, spray a little lube and wipe off again, then lube good.


Valve adjustments has varied.
First Bike Honda (VLX 600) 71000 miles Let dealer do it regularly (waste of money).
Second Bike (KAWA 800) 87000 miles Let dealer do it as had a service contract, then went 40K miles after service contract without adjusting.
Third bike (Burgman 650 Scooter) 73.800 miles Never changed spark plugs or adjusted valves. CVT (Transmission) went out and I ended up selling it broke down. Engine still ran great.
Fourth Bike (NINJA 500) 60000 miles I did a valve adjustment myself at 50000 miles and it was needing it (Exhaust was very tight. Intakes OK, but I made an adjustment).
Fifth Bike (Burgman 400 Scooter) - 40000 Miles and have not adjusted or changed spark plugs.
Sixth Bike (CB500X) 23000 miles and never adjusted valves or changed plugs.
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Sounds like you have figured it out, Paul.

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Some change the oil every 1,000 miles, some every 10,000 miles, the bikes seem to keep running.

You can overdo it or you can neglect it, the engines will probably outlast the other parts of the bike.

Personally I try to stick to the manual.

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If you want a quick access to your service requirements there's a google doc link in my signature that I created. You can access this on your phone anywhere so if you need to take a peek, it's easy to access.

If you convert the miles to kilometers I'll add them into the document.
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Already asked and answered but here's my two cents: I use Motul chain cleaner and chain lube every couple of weeks, sometimes I go a little longer if I forget. We get a lot of rain here in Seattle, so I really should be doing it every week.

I commute on my bike and average 170 miles per week. It has 6100 miles on it since July 2015 when I bought it.
I had the oil changed per the manual: 600 miles, 4000 miles, and next at 8000 miles with the regular services.
The dealer said not to use synthetic oil until the engine has at least 10,000 miles on it. Something about the piston rings needing to get seated properly.

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Update on this topic, I've been looking for Motul 7100 10W30, and it has been hard to find around my area, in my Country, I finally found it, its not cheap at all, anyways, I ordered through Motul Official Dealer, and its going to be delivered by next week.

I have found through some other members that using the 10W30, is the right choice in order to get the transmission smoothness and the motorcycle's best .

And thinking Im going to make the change myself, since I bought separatedly and not as a service. Going to get the oil filter and will be all.
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The cost is so much less if you change the oil yourself that you can try different oils to see if one works better than the rest.

My bet is that only your wallet will notice the difference.

But I must admit that everywhere in the Honda manuals, Honda recommends 10w30 motorcycle oil.
Also, 10w40 does not directly substitute for 10w30.

So I learned 2 somethings today.

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