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    Bandit Oil "Opinion"

    It seems like everyone has a different opinion on what oil to use and whether or not to use synthetic. So I thought I would check what other Bandit owners are using? I know there are other threads about oil but I didn't see specifics.

    I have a 1997 Bandit 600 that has about 10,500 miles. I bought it used with about 8,800 miles and have been using Spectra 4 Golden Blend 10w40 Synthetic ever since. I average about 1500 miles per year so not a great deal of riding. I'm aware it is not the best idea to switch brands so I will stick with it. I have had no leaks and no problems.

    I also bought a 2008 Bandit 1250 last August that I'm sure came with the "Suzuki" brand regular 10w40. I have approximately 500 miles on it and will be doing the first oil change in the near future. I'm more concerned at this point with what to use in this bike? The recommended "Suzuki" 10w40 or something else.....maybe even synthetic?

    Any advice?

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    I would stick to mineral oil on the 1250 at least until you have a few thousand miles on the clock.
    Even then if you change the oil 12 monthly I don't see the point of using synthetic if you are not doing serious mileage. Annually changing synthetic oil after 1, 2 or 3 thousand miles is, in my opinion, a waste as mineral oil will not have deteriorated that much.
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    I was using MOTUL semi-syn in my Bandit and went back to straight 10W-40 motorcycle oil after the price of MOTUL shot up to $8 a quart. I think that is too much to pay for a quart of oil for a bike that does not get abused. I also increased my oil change intervals from 2500 to 5000 miles. I change the oil filter every 5000 miles. Bikes that are ridden regularly and are not abused are much easier on their motor oil than bikes that just sit or are constantly redlined. Jim

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    I heard it's okay to mix brands and types

    Iíve used Suzuki 10W-40 and Castrol Actevo 10W-40, which is partial synthetic. Havenít noticed any difference in fuel economy or performance.

    I used to hear that different types of oils shouldnít be mixed. This was from people with no particular expertise on the subject. I then read an article in a technical publication that said in order to sell oil to the U.S. Government (military, etc.), which is something ALL the oil companies try to do, the oil must be compatible with all other oils that they use. As a result, all oil companies formulate their oils to be compatible with other oils. This includes petroleum base and paraffin base oils.

    Not being an expert on the matter myself, I have to trust that the experts are telling the truth. I only know Iíve mixed oil brands and weights with no problem. I try not to mix brands or types, but when my car needed a quart of Castrol 20W-50 and I didnít have any more on hand, I used Havoline 10w-40 and had no problem, so I donít get anxious about it anymore.

    Suzooker is probably right. The modern oils should be able to go 5,000 miles in a 1250 Bandit that isnít abused.

    I havenít tried synthetic because I have the extended warranty (five years total) on my 2007 Bandit and I have to change oil at the intervals required by the maintenance schedule. I agree with Pete that changing synthetic every 2,500 or 3,000 miles seems like a waste of money. In fact, Iíve never used 100% synthetic oil in anything. I guess itís because Iím too cheap and Iím not sure the extra cost will deliver itís moneyís worth in additional benefits.

    Has anyone out there used mineral oil in a Bandit and then switched to synthetic? Any difference in performance?
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    I've always changed to a full synthetic after putting 4,000 miles on all my Suzukis. I've always used motorcycle specific full synthetic Amsoil 10W-40 oil. I always changed the oil and filter every 4,000 miles regardless of time.

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    Appreciate the feedback from everyone, will probably stay with staright 10W40 based on my annual mile average.

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    Synthetic for heat

    I'm with A1A here.
    I've owned a Suz 650G (Shaft), Suz 850G (Shaft) and now a Bandit and a Honda ST1100. Total Suzuki mileage about 100,000 miles. I changed to MOBILE 1 on the 650 and noticed a significant decrease of the metal particles (dust,sludge?) on the magnetic drain plugs ever since. I've used various 15/50, 10/40 synthetics I now use Synthetic Rotella T 5W-50W from Walmart. Partly because it can have some extra lubricants such as phosphorous because it is diesel oil. But my main reason is HEAT. All of the above Suzukis are air cooled motors. Also I believe the shear resistance may benefit the tranny. I'm not doctrinaire on change interval. Usually about 4000 miles. Bike isn't raced or even red lined all that much.

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    I have a bandit 1200 1999

    I use the highest spec 10/40 semi synth oil .

    Like a previous post motul got too expensive , iv now found a higher spec oil that i use thats cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smoky View Post
    I used to hear that different types of oils shouldn’t be mixed. This was from people with no particular expertise on the subject. I then read an article in a technical publication that said in order to sell oil to the U.S. Government (military, etc.), which is something ALL the oil companies try to do, the oil must be compatible with all other oils that they use. As a result, all oil companies formulate their oils to be compatible with other oils. This includes petroleum base and paraffin base oils.
    The reason you shouldn't mix oils is because some oils will foam up when mixed with other oils. I remember an article I read about a pilot of a BD-5 experimental plane powered by a Honda 4-cyl engine that had to make an emergency landing after his oil pressure and temperature went beyond the redline limits. It turns out that the foaming oil actually vented out of the engine causing high temps and low pressures. He will never mix two different oils again! I always remember this article and it helps me to stay with the same brand of oil. Jim

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    Seems that "what oil should I use" is the main topic in many motorcycle forums. Truth is, if the manufacturer says that petroleum oil is recommended then the use of synthetics/blends is just a waste of money. Castrol makes a petroleum based motorcycle oil that is priced the same as their automobile oil and is available in auto parts stores. It is SF/SG rated and perfect for most motorcycles and will save you a ton of money. Many bikes have gone well over 100,000 miles on petroleum based motor oils and this includes sportbikes. How often you change your oil and filter is more important than what type of oil you use. Do you really need racing oil for the street or will the cheap stuff be sufficient? We all want to believe that there is some great big advantage to using expensive oil but the truth is that the manufacturer of the bike wants it to last a long time and if the bike really needed the good stuff, that's what they would recommend. Check out this link and perhaps save a few bucks:
    http://www.castrol.com/castrol/secti...tentId=7040925

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