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    Getting ready!

    Ok before anyone jumps on me about searching for things before I ask a question, the search feature on this site sucks and I really would just rather ask the question and get a good clean answer rather then sift through 3 dozen threads to find my answer. So anyways if you don't have something nice to add please just hold your comments.


    I'm coming up on 200 miles on my 16 tw200 and am looking in to doing my first service. That being said I already know how to change the oil and clean the filter but my question is how much oil does it take to fill, and if I want to just use standard oil instead of synthetic what weight do you guys use. I have seen some say 10w40 and some say 20w50. Just wondering if you have to use oil that is made for motorcycles with wet bath clutches or if any brand should work. I'm just going to stick to cleaning the factory screen filter for some time before I replace it with a paper filter. Any help is appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cubby View Post
    Ok before anyone jumps on me about searching for things before I ask a question, the search feature on this site sucks and I really would just rather ask the question and get a good clean answer rather then sift through 3 dozen threads to find my answer. So anyways if you don't have something nice to add please just hold your comments.


    I'm coming up on 200 miles on my 16 tw200 and am looking in to doing my first service. That being said I already know how to change the oil and clean the filter but my question is how much oil does it take to fill, and if I want to just use standard oil instead of synthetic what weight do you guys use. I have seen some say 10w40 and some say 20w50. Just wondering if you have to use oil that is made for motorcycles with wet bath clutches or if any brand should work. I'm just going to stick to cleaning the factory screen filter for some time before I replace it with a paper filter. Any help is appreciated.
    First off, welcome to the forum!
    it takes about 1.2 quarts to fill up with oil. Most are using 10/40 weight oil as I do. I stayed with regular dino (Valoline) oil till 1800 miles before switching to synthetic (Mobil 4T 10/40 racing). Others have switched earlier w/o any reported problems. YES use ONLY oil that is good for wet clutch or you will have clutch slippage.
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    Hi Cubby, I am over in Helena and I have used Valvoline 10W-40 for Motorcycles. Not many choices over here, but Walmart always has this and it's a decent price. I don't ride much below 30 degrees or so, other than shorter trips. Usually too much snow on the trails if it is less than freezing. I've did a climb from 4000 to 8000 feet in about 45 minutes in the dead of summer and have not had any problem with 10W-40. 320 pounds between me and the gear and it climbed right up and acted just fine. Have ridden 90 miles in 80 degrees or so and not issue either. As others said, really watch for the motorcycle/wet clutch versions. No clutch issues with the one I use. The Yamaha manuals mostly show 10W-30 or 20W-40. Mine is a 2013 and I have done 4 oil changes, always with Valvoline 10W-40 and I always just clean and re-use that metal screen filter rather than switching. Holding up great. Good luck. Maybe you have more oil options over there. Good luck.
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    Welcome. 4T Motorcycle oil of your choice. 10-40 for colder and 20-50 for hot.

    You are corrrect the search is bad so use google TW200forum then what ever you are looking for ; Best oil, best front tire, best handguards, etc.
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    Not too sure about the paper filter in these engines. They run a low pressure oil pump, I'd be staying with the factory filter. These engines tell you when the oil is crap or inappropriate specs, when they get hot the gearbox gets notchy and hard to change. A better oil or spec will hang on as it gets hotter.
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    Getting ready!

    Definitely do not use standard oil, not that I have, it will make the clutches act up, not that I have. Standard oil is a no no, not that I have.
    I found Valvoline motorcycle oil at WallyWorld. It works a lot better. 10-40w. I read in the manual it calls for "JASO MA" spec oil.
    Last edited by chuckgarrett; 05-18-2017 at 07:04 PM.
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    One liter of oil -- or one quart plus 54 ml or 54 cm^3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cubby View Post
    .... the search feature on this site sucks .....
    Yes, it certainly does...use this format instead: site:http://tw200forum.com/ fork tuning etc.
    Don't forget the space!

    And change your oil NOW and again in 200 miles!!! (at least!)
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    My owners manual says 1.4 US quarts with the filter change. I use kerosene to clean the stock filter and I always switch to full synthetic because it shifts smoother and the engine runs cooler.

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    I did my first oil change at 78 miles. I switched to Mobil 4tr 10w-40 and have no clutch issues and it shifts better. My bike takes 1 quart to fill.
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