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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 11-18-2015, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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My engine builder recommended 2500 miles running conventional oil. I changed the oil at 250 & 500 and now at 2200 to Red Line 20/60 and call me crazy but I could notice a difference.

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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 11-18-2015, 11:23 AM
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Redline 20-60 year round for quite some time now , have outstanding used oil analysis on it . Runs quieter and I unscientifically think it runs a little cooler ..

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I don't know about the engine, but I run Redline in the transmission, it definitely made a difference there, shifting is much smoother and it's a lot easier to find neutral.

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I don't know about the engine, but I run Redline in the transmission, it definitely made a difference there, shifting is much smoother and it's a lot easier to find neutral.
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After the first 100 miles or so, the engine has done what needs to be done on break in with seating the rings and such. After that, you are good to go with synthetic oil.
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You can run syn from day one. Old myth about it not allowing the engine to break in. One that is never going to die.
Like more wear was placed on the engine doing worthless oil changes than just changing it on the normal maintained.
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You can run syn from day one. Old myth about it not allowing the engine to break in. One that is never going to die.
Like more wear was placed on the engine doing worthless oil changes than just changing it on the normal maintained.
But nice thing about this country a man is free to da what ever he wants to his bike.
Partly true, but on initial break in, a little more heat in the engine is a good thing. Now days, most engine builder heat cycle the engines up to 3 times to build up heat then allow cool down. Will the engines of today break in with synthetic, of course they will.
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Didn't HD put SYN 3 oil in the CVO's right out of the factory??
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Syn oil is usually more expensive. When you change oil that frequent during break in, i think it makes sense to use conventional oil for cost savings alone. I did the same when i was breaking in mine (250, 500, 1000), but switched to syn after 1,500 miles.
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