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    newby here to this site.just bought a 1994 1400 intruder.my question is does anyone run synthetic oil in theres?

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    Some will swear by it, but most don't because of the frequency of changes. I've always used synthetic in my pickup, but Suzuki oil in my bikes.
    As long as it's not them that has to pay, no one really minds the debt.

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    Nothing wrong with synthetic oil, just avoid those oils that have friction modifiers. The main difference is that for most bikes, the same oil is for both the clutch and engine. Friction modifiers are bad for your clutch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turboyoshi View Post
    Nothing wrong with synthetic oil, just avoid those oils that have friction modifiers. The main difference is that for most bikes, the same oil is for both the clutch and engine. Friction modifiers are bad for your clutch.
    And what that means is: You can't use just any automotive synthetic oil; it needs to be labeled for motorcycle use specifically.

    Even the wildly popular Rotella T-6 synthetic has a new formula that includes moly friction modifiers and is NOT good for bike use anymore.

    Personally, with a bike that old, I would NOT be changing types of oil. Stick with what has worked already for 23 years.
    Don't believe everything that you think.


 

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