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vander750
03-11-2007, 10:20 PM
I just picked up my 2001 750 last fall (my first bike) and I'm itching to get back on this thing (long winter up here). What oil is recommended when i do my first oil change this spring? I was thinking a 10W-40 synthetic, but any input would be appreciated.

Does anyone know of a manufacturer that makes handle bar risers for this thing. I've been looking around and can't seem to find anything. I'll be adding a gel seat and Laminar Lip this spring so I'm looking to bump the bars up a bit.

Thanks for the help.

NewKatRida
03-11-2007, 11:12 PM
10w-40 half synthetic / half "natural" is what i used when i did my first oil change. Go to bikebandit.com for bar risers

The CyberPoet
03-12-2007, 02:23 AM
Did you get an owner's manual with your bike? If so, the oil specs are stated in it... if not, send me a PM. Here's the abbreviated version:
http://www.motorcycleanchor.com/pics/katana_api_oil_guide.gif

As for the risers -- you may want to rethink the seat instead. A gel seat will add a bit more height to the seat, raising you further away from the center of gravity (Cg); a corbin will provide more surface area and lower you closer to the Cg instead (denser foam spread over a much broader area, so you're sitting with your whole & upper thighs supported).

Cheers,
=-= The CyberPoet

vander750
03-12-2007, 11:40 AM
thanks for the help so far.

I was supposed to get the manual with it, but local dealer is really unreliable.

WHat brand name ofoil should i be looking at?

The CyberPoet
03-12-2007, 11:59 PM
The whole reason I put up the oil poster is so that you can choose whatever oil fits your budget and tastes, and know it will still do the job required.

Personally, I use Mobil 1 MX4T (recently renamed Mobil 1 4T Racing) and Castrol GPS.

All of the following manufacturers make JASO-MA rated motor oils (which by definition are intended for motorcycles like ours -- that's what the JASO-MA rating was specifically developed for):
Mobil 1
Castrol
Motorex
Motul
Pennsoil
Royal Purple
Valvoline
Amsoil

On the cheap end of the market are diesel oils that don't contain any slipping agents, such as Shell Rotella Diesel (but there's no promise they won't change their formulation from one batch to the next simply because motorcycles aren't their target market, which could mean slipping clutch issues). There are some Canadian-specific brands out there as well that I'm not particularly familiar with.

Cheers,
=-= The CyberPoet

vander750
03-13-2007, 07:51 PM
Thanks for the help.

I ran amsoil 10w-40 in my 4-wheeler with no probs. It made for expensive oil changes but why the hell not eh!

Jtx2005
03-13-2007, 08:02 PM
I am running Amsoil in mine. I like it!

KatanaSoldier
03-13-2007, 10:59 PM
I am running Valvoline and like it. I had a case of Penzoil but used it all up. No problems with either yet. I will probably switch to synthetic next oil change.