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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-03-2004, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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It's getting cold out, should I switch from 15w50 oil?

I've used the mobil 15w50 oil for a few oil changes and really liked it, it's getting cold out now though. is there another mobil oil that I can use that'll work OK? I always heard people suggest the mobil red cap, 15w50 so I didn't know...
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I don't know how cold it is where you are, but a thinner oil is god over winter. I don't know what bike you have either. mobil 1 15-50 red cap is fine for your bike, over winter try a 10-40, castrol gtx is good stuff. make sure whatever you use isn't "energy conserving"
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I use 15W50 mobil 1 year round. Unless it gets well below freezing that oil will be fine. One of my bikes will turn over 98,000 miles on my way home today and it's been ridden in cold weather in NH and had a steady diet of red cap. Runs like new.
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It's about 50 here, I have a 02 ZX6R. I don't usually ride anytime below 40 or so.
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It's been below 40F for 8 of my past 10 morning commutes and the bike has had no indications whatsoever of too thick an oil (not that it ever has). People that have ridden the bike or heard it run are always amazed at how well it works with so many miles. Engine and tranny are nice and tight, and clutch is still original. It has no leaks, no burning oil, no odd noises, just smooth operation. I change oil every 6000 miles or so and the filter every other change too, as did the previous owner (a friend of mine).
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Every 6k?? What kind of bike is it, I get worried if mine goes for 3k before I change it. lol
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It's a Kawasaki Concours. It's got the old Ninja 1000R engine with smaller cams, smaller valves and smaller carbs (for more midrange, supposedly; I tend to think it just feels like there is more midrange cause the Ninja top end rush is gone...). Anyway, it's the same type of engine that most modern sport bikes have; IL4, liquid cooled, DOHC 16 valve etc. I think it's the grandfather of the modern Japanese sportbike engine being the first 16V liquid cooled IL4 out there, in the 1984 Ninja 900R, if memory serves.

My 2001 ZX9R has 35,000 miles with the same treatment and also runs just fine too.
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The pour point of Mobil 15-50 is about -30 deg F. You definately don't need to worry about changing to a lighter oil in TX. Let me know when you move to Alaska.
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