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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-04-2014, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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Different weight oil for winter??

Just got some heated gear and plan on riding all winter in New England, as long as the roads are dry. My question: should I use different weight oil? Guessing most of the riding will be at air temps between 25 and 40.
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I've never ridden when its in the 20's but have plenty of times when its in the 30's and 40's. Haven't seen a need to switch to a different grade oil.

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I've never had a problem with it being cold here in New England. I just let the bike warm up for a couple extra mins, if that long.

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I ride year round. the 20w50 is fine. Just be careful of the mag chloride, it's worse than gravel. Very slick

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I would be more worried about salt or salt residue getting on the bike than the oil.
Anyone from the east and midwest knows what salt will do to a automobile and the bike would have the same problem. It is also harder to wash the bike in cold weather because the water will want to freeze so the salt will sit on the bike especially on the bottom of the bike.
Also when the sun comes out and the temps rise and melt water gets on the road that will have salt in it. The melt water will also freeze on the road when the sun starts to set and the temps drop causing extremely hazardous riding conditions.
I would recommend putting the bike away until spring but it is your decision.


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Thanks input about the oil weight. I'm going to stick with that weight (but will NOT open a can of worms by discussing which brand is best. HA!).

Thanks also for the concern for my bike, and safety. I've ridden throughout winter on "warm" days (32+) my whole life, so I understand what you saying, and adjust my riding accordingly.
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thanks input about the oil weight. I'm going to stick with that weight (but will not open a can of worms by discussing which brand is best. Ha!).

Thanks also for the concern for my bike, and safety. I've ridden throughout winter on "warm" days (32+) my whole life, so i understand what you saying, and adjust my riding accordingly.
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I have the gear and ride year round in South Dakota. I have started the day at 16 degrees and put in 300 miles. The others have warned about road hazards so I won't. You seem pretty sharp. Last year was the first year I ever switched down viscosity. I am glad I did. The MOFA recommends it and my experience is the bike starts better and rattles less. I use a quality synthetic (not Syn3). 10/40 is good to around 70 dgrees. Probably a bit less with lowers. I just did my winter oil change last weekend. I am good to go.


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