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#471841 - 01/30/06 06:59 PM Oil recomendation for Yamaha V Star...
ddrumman2004 Offline


Registered: 11/16/04
Posts: 1003
Loc: Mississippi
Hi guys! My g/f and I just picked up a 2000 Yamaha V Star 650 Custom this past Sunday that had just 1267 miles on it. The bike looks brand new as he kept in a garage since he bought it new. He put only 900 miles on his first year of ownership and has had the bike serviced once. I assume it has Yamalube in it.

What's a good oil for this bike that I can get locally at Wal*mart?

Or should I drive it and put more miles on it before I change it?

Bike runs great and there is no smoke of any kind from the exhaust.

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#471842 - 01/30/06 09:55 PM Re: Oil recomendation for Yamaha V Star...
sunruh Offline


Registered: 06/28/05
Posts: 1852
Loc: Cedar Park, TX
definately change it!!! filter too.
seeing you are in mississippi, you probably don't see much cold weather.
so....
Shell Rotella T 15w40 (white jug)
Mobil Delvac 1300 (i think this is 15w40 as well)
Chevron Delo 15w40
Exxon Superflow 20w50 (or 10w40) can also be found a Pepboys from time to time for 79 cents qt.

run it 1000 miles and do a uoa and post it.

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#471843 - 01/31/06 12:37 AM Re: Oil recomendation for Yamaha V Star...
IslaVistaMan Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 328
Loc: San Diego, CA
If your engine is rated for a 20W-50, next time you're at Wal-Mart, look for Mobil 1 V-Twin 20W-50 motorcycle oil.

Yes, it's expensive, but it will work very well, especially in an air-cooled bike. My personal favorite is Amsoil's MCF 10W-40, but I've got a water-cooled Honda ST1100.

Might also want to consider running a maintenance dose of Cycle-RX in it. Go here, read, and then click the "continued" link at the lower right:

http://www.cycle-rx.com/carlos_test_overview.html

FWIW, Amsoil recently completed a study of motorcycle oils that also bears reading. Here's the URL for the download (you'll need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader):

http://www.amsoil.com/lit/g2156.pdf

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#471844 - 01/31/06 06:13 AM Re: Oil recomendation for Yamaha V Star...
Steve128 Offline


Registered: 01/23/05
Posts: 203
Loc: North Texas
ddrumman2004

Some reading which may help. Good luck with the bike.


v star info

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#471845 - 04/23/06 09:18 AM Re: Oil recomendation for Yamaha V Star...
greasemonkey Offline


Registered: 08/20/03
Posts: 18
Loc: Ohio
I use Rotella 15W40 in MY V* 1100 Best oil I have found

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#471846 - 04/23/06 02:05 AM Re: Oil recomendation for Yamaha V Star...
Titan Offline


Registered: 10/04/05
Posts: 2331
Loc: Charlotte Metro area
sunruh knows of what he speaks....

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#471847 - 04/24/06 08:10 AM Re: Oil recomendation for Yamaha V Star...
seldont Offline


Registered: 01/11/03
Posts: 127
Loc: Greenbrier, Tn
I too am using Rotella 15w40 in my V-Star 1100 and it seems to work really well. If you start digging around on the various V-Star messageboards as well as many for other motorcycles you will will find a lot of support for the Rotella and other HDEO oils. You normally will not find that support at the Yamaha dealerships but I feel that is because they want to sell you their Yamaha brand dino oil which is overpriced at nearly $4.00 per quart.

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#471848 - 04/25/06 02:58 AM Re: Oil recomendation for Yamaha V Star...
New Offline


Registered: 05/18/04
Posts: 67
Loc: Vancouver
Rotella 15W40 in my 2005 V-Star 1100 as well.
Tried Castrol 15W40 MC oil once for about 2000mi and it was ok.

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#471849 - 05/27/07 10:37 PM Re: Oil recomendation for Yamaha V Star... [Re: New]
GimmeTorq Offline


Registered: 09/23/02
Posts: 189
Loc: IL
Diggin' this one outta grave but I just bought a used 2001 Vstar-650 and I'm currently researching oil/final gear fluids. Regarding Shell Rotella T, since this bike has a wet clutch, shouldn't I be looking for an oil that meets JASO MA specification? Shell website does not seem to have this info available.
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#471850 - 05/27/07 11:01 PM Re: Oil recomendation for Yamaha V Star... [Re: GimmeTorq]
Norm Olt Offline


Registered: 01/27/03
Posts: 1829
Loc: Pac NW
Off topic, but...

Your tires are 7 years old. Check them very thoroughly and replace them as soon as you realize that they are literally, figuratively & actually in all reality ALL THAT STANDS BETWEEN YOU AND THE ROAD (except the kick stand when the bike is parked and that's not dangerous)!

Cheers! & enjoy your ride!
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#471851 - 05/30/07 07:37 AM Re: Oil recomendation for Yamaha V Star... [Re: GimmeTorq]
seldont Offline


Registered: 01/11/03
Posts: 127
Loc: Greenbrier, Tn
Quote:

Diggin' this one outta grave but I just bought a used 2001 Vstar-650 and I'm currently researching oil/final gear fluids. Regarding Shell Rotella T, since this bike has a wet clutch, shouldn't I be looking for an oil that meets JASO MA specification? Shell website does not seem to have this info available.



If you will look I think the Rotella 15w40 is wet clutch rated so everything should be fine even though it does not carry the JASO spec. I was using it in my V-Star 1100 without issues.

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#471852 - 05/30/07 09:03 AM Re: Oil recomendation for Yamaha V Star... [Re: Norm Olt]
GimmeTorq Offline


Registered: 09/23/02
Posts: 189
Loc: IL
I hear you... Tires look amazingly in great shape. I guess it helped that the original owner only put 4200 miles on them and he used to jack up the bike for winter storage. I will follow your advice anyways and ask the dealership to check 'em during the next safety inspection.
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#471853 - 05/30/07 04:54 PM Re: Oil recomendation for Yamaha V Star... [Re: GimmeTorq]
rn2fine Offline


Registered: 06/01/04
Posts: 252
Loc: AZ
Mobil 1 V-Twin. The add pack is designed for motorcycles (really high phos & zinc levels). Heavy Duty Engine Oils (HDEO) like Rotella have good add packs too but I can not find one in 20W-50. My bike is air cooled, specifies a 20W-50, and I live in Phoenix where it is mega hot (up to 120F). I am not comfortable with the lower viscosity for my application but the HDEOs like Rotella may be fine for you. Delo is a great HDEO too.
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