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Hey, I just bought a 2008 V star 1100 classic with 19 original kms. (about 11 miles). The bike has been sitting under cover in a garage since May, 2009 so she says. Her dad rode it home from the dealer and then passed away soon after. So my question is what oil should I use from now to 1000 kms, the first scheduled oil change. Does Yamaha use a break in oil on these new engines or is it regular motorcycle oil. Thanks in advance for any help.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-17-2014, 07:00 PM
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Change the oil , leave the filter and ride.......
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I don't know what oil is recommended for the 1100 but I would change oil and filter now. I understand that it has almost 0 miles on it but that oil has been sitting in the motor for a long time now.

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think maybe he should squirt something into the cylinders to give it some lubrication
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If that bike had fuel in it the whole time expect varnish problems. They can come and go at any time even after you think the last is over. With a little luck...with a lot of luck you'll pass the varnish slowly and now gum up the system. Startron will work against gumming from alcohol, while Stabil's original formula works well with varnish. Hopefully, gently treating to stop any current buildup will restore the fuel system to optimum levels. This is all assuming you actually have problems whether you see them or not. With it sitting that long you should at least be prepared of the possibility.

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Ya I think I will change out the oil and filter. I don't know if the filter would brake down over time but no point in taking chances. I've removed all the old gas i could and replaced it with new. I might look at using a fuel additive if the carbs are gummed up. Thanks everyone for your input.
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Hey, I just bought a 2008 V star 1100 classic with 19 original kms. (about 11 miles). The bike has been sitting under cover in a garage since May, 2009 so she says. Her dad rode it home from the dealer and then passed away soon after. So my question is what oil should I use from now to 1000 kms, the first scheduled oil change. Does Yamaha use a break in oil on these new engines or is it regular motorcycle oil. Thanks in advance for any help.
Everything I say is 2nd hand, I'm not a mechanic. Yamaha ships new bikes with mineral 10/40, most sources I read say switch to synthetic after 1500 miles.

Our company runs a fleet of both gas and diesel powered vehicles. As to oil changes, our fleet manager says, "oil doesn't have an expiration date, the only thing that breaks down oil is mileage.

Lots of opinions on how to break in a new engine and when to change oil. Search on the web and decide for yourself. I changed the oil and filter at 100 miles, some say 1st change should be at 20.

Sounds like you got yourself a new bike without a new bike price, well done !!!!

I'm in Central Oregon, currently it's down in the lower 20's at night and mid 40's in the day. I ride when the sun shines. Yamaha ships with 10/40 so that's what I'm using as a break in oil.

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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-19-2014, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks for the input Don. I'm thinking that Yamaha has no special oil for the break in period so I think I'll go with tried and true 20/50w. My last V twin loved it. Lol!
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i dont think you should put 20 50 in a brand new engine when it calls for 10 40 at least intil breakin
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I have looked for concrete info on the type of oil the bike is shipped with. So far I have only been able to find hear say. Most V twins run 20/50 and I don't think this one would be any different would it??
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