Yes, I know this is an old subject and I've read a bunch on here and the more I read the more I get confused on what to do. Here I go and open pandora's box again.
I put 850 miles on my bike 2010 Stratoliner S the first three days bringing it back from NC. My Girlfriend and I experianced a Great 3 Day ride From NC > VA > PA > NY. What a great way to break-in a New bike.
I decided to run standard oil and had the Stealer ( Dealer ) do my first change and run through bike.
I know have 2500 miles on the bike and getting ready to do the Second oil change. I'm in NY and the Dealer put in 20w 50 oil.
Here are my questions.
1. Should I switch to a lighter oil in NY. Soon the temps will be 20deg - maybe high 70deg for winter months. Then back to 20w 50 for the 90 - 100deg summer months.
2. OIL > Amsoil motorcycle / Brad Penn V2 20w 50 Motorcycle / Valvoline V2 Motorcycle 20w 50 or VR 1 / Other ? I run Rotella
5w 40 T6 in my chopper V2 Suzuki Intruder.
( My opinion Amsoil is the best, but have read engine and trans are noisy when using this oil. ) Side note I usually Change oil 3000 - 3500 miles. I use mileage and conditions during use to determine oil change periods. Hotter weather extreme conditions I change more. I know I can go longer with Syn oil, but I live in NY and put about 7,000 mile on my main bike a year. I own 2 bike 1 Chopper for bar hopping and my Stratoliner for most 2 up comfort and trips.
3. Oil Filter > I am leaning towards the Purolator 1 PL14610 Think it's the best for the $$$
4. What Gear oil for this bike?
I want to hear what you are using and why.
I also found out that my 2010 Strat has Cat converters in the Pipes.... UGGggggggg Why? LOL In the next couple years that will be changed...
PS LOVE MY STRATOLINER>>> Best Bike I have owned...
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