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Same oil I've used for years.
 

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Thanks Brothers :) First oil change, just wanted to make sure. Thanks!
 

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It's been 13 months but only 3k on the oil the PO said he did (mobil 1 20-50 synth). Decided to change it so i have a truly known starting point.
but i was tempted to go the full 5K on the oil. What would you do?
 

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I always change all fluids on newly purchased vehicles, that way I've got a fresh start on it.
 

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I used the Mobil 1 20W-50 for V-Twins when I changed the oil in my 650. Later in the year, when I picked up the Strat I used Lucas V Twin oil. It had slightly better numbers than the Mobil and was $1 a quart cheaper. Either way you'll be alright.
 

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What's the manual spec for?
20 50 is usually for harley big v twins.
 

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Thicker viscosity doesn't necessarily mean it's better protection.
In fact it slows the rotating mass inside of the engine down and doesn't flow as freely.
I think it specs for 20/40.
 

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From the manual, 20W50 is the correct oil.

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From the manual, 20W50 is the correct oil.

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Odd. Mine was an 02. Here's the spec.

●Engine oil type• Yamalube 4 (20W-40) or engine oil SAE 20W-40 (API SE) for temperatures of 5 °C (40 °F) or above.
• Yamalube 4 (10W-30) or engine oil SAE 10W-30 (API SE) for temperatures of 15 °C
 

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Thicker viscosity doesn't necessarily mean it's better protection.
In fact it slows the rotating mass inside of the engine down and doesn't flow as freely.
I think it specs for 20/40.
I hear you, i usually go straight by the specs but i am in the valley in Arizona. Plus the valves on these bikes, or at least mine are fairly "chatterly" vs a vs Sewing machine. Valves were adusted by past owner a year ago and he swears it was done right he was very confident about that, said the job went well, he was sure etc. PO was/is a retired NY cop that retired here, plus i checked him out prior (due diligence), totally legit guy/family. Real nice neighborhood in Prescott AZ, homes going for 1+ million... He had an elevated reputation score, actually a few points higher than mine... Has other bikes, works on them, huge garage with all the right stuff. Still, I wonder if i should have them done just to make sure, like the oil.

I noticed a little more valve noise than my VTX, but then the V Star also has one more valve per cylinder. It's not super bad or anything, i just notice it. But i am getting used to it, the bike is a lot of fun. Plus the tall windshield reflects all the sound right at me.

So i didnt want to make it worse than it already is by switching to the 20-40.
 

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@road_slug, you have a 1700 and previously a 650 if memory serves me correct, but I'm getting old. 🤣
@VStarArizona has a 1300.
 

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I hear you, i usually go straight by the specs but i am in the valley in Arizona. Plus the valves on these bikes, or at least mine are fairly "chatterly" vs a vs Sewing machine. Valves were adusted by past owner a year ago and he swears it was done right he was very confident about that, said the job went well, he was sure etc. PO was/is a retired NY cop that retired here, plus i checked him out prior (due diligence), totally legit guy/family. Real nice neighborhood in Prescott AZ, homes going for 1+ million... He had an elevated reputation score, actually a few points higher than mine... Has other bikes, works on them, huge garage with all the right stuff. Still, I wonder if i should have them done just to make sure, like the oil.

I noticed a little more valve noise than my VTX, but then the V Star also has one more valve per cylinder. It's not super bad or anything, i just notice it. But i am getting used to it, the bike is a lot of fun. Plus the tall windshield reflects all the sound right at me.

So i didnt want to make it worse than it already is by switching to the 20-40.
I think Yamaha recommends adjusting the valves every other oil change. It probably won't hurt to do them again, if for nothing more than piece of mind.
 
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I think Yamaha recommends adjusting the valves every other oil change. It probably won't hurt to do them again, if for nothing more than piece of mind.
It's only got 3000 miles since they were last done. Stock exhaust. You tell me, are these bikes a bit "sewing machines" to begin with? Again stock exhaust.

btw, bike runs great and gets good mileage. I figure they should be done every 10-20k.
 

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It's only got 3000 miles since they were last done. Stock exhaust. You tell me, are these bikes a bit "sewing machines" to begin with? Again stock exhaust.

btw, bike runs great and gets good mileage. I figure they should be done every 10-20k.
Well there is a clearance between the valve and the rocker so there will be some noise. I don't notice it on my '04 1100 but I'm about half deaf anyway.
 
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Manual calls for checking valves every 4000 miles.

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