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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-16-2017, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Trying to decide if I want to change my own oil or not. I know it's a personal gratification thing...
Cost at dealership is $100 for an oil change for the DCT but making an appointment is hard sometimes
I try to change oil every 4k miles or so
My question is, do I keep using the Honda oil or try another brand
Regular oil or full synthetic oil

I tend to use OEM, just wondering what other riders are using


I personally don't like or believe in 8k oil changes
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-17-2017, 07:09 AM
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I just did my 12,000 k Oil & Filter change, NOTE : There are 2 Drain Plugs.
I used MOTUL 5100 10 40 "My god I'ts a new engine!"
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I've used that oil on a few of my recent bikes. Good stuff!
It smells pretty, too! Pretty unique aspect of the Motul oils.

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I just did my 12,000 k Oil & Filter change, NOTE : There are 2 Drain Plugs.
I used MOTUL 5100 10 40 "My god I'ts a new engine!"

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I used the Honda Synthetic 10w-30w....found it on Amazon along with both the oil filters...for a lot less money....
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I've got a DCT and did the oil change myself (has needed only 1 oil change). Super easy to do with tools most people have in their toolbox.

The one thing I do is always use new crush washers. I know some don't, but they are cheap.

For me, its more of a hassle to schedule an appt, drop the bike off and comeback later.

I switched to full synthetic at my 600 mile service. I use Castrol Power RS 4T. I've used this in all but my Ducatis and have not had any issues...
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I changed oil for the first time at HONDA dealership a week ago. The oil they filled was REPSOL MOTO SINTETICO 4T 10W-40(full synthetic) i/o HONDA OEM ULTRA G1 10W-30. According to them, 10W-30 would be insufficient in Summer time, Japan. My AT is tricolor MT, running 1,200km.

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Thank you for all the info,
Next oil change, maybe I will try 10w-40 full synthetic for So.Cal?
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Thank you for all the info,
Next oil change, maybe I will try 10w-40 full synthetic for So.Cal?
Yep, that should work.
I also use Motul 5100 10w-40 on my past and present bikes and will use it for the AT DCT also.

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I did my first oil change at 550 miles with Castrol 4T 10W40 dino oil. I just changed it at 2200 miles, this time with Castrol 4T full synthetic 10W40. From now on I will use that. It does seem to shift easier with that oil.
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I use the slippery stuff it's the best
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