which oil for the first...
So I am comming up to the first 600 mile oil change. I have read many articles on oil for this motorcycle. I am familiar with this topic as it seemed to be of high interest in the Ninja 500r forums.
Obviously we know I am talking about the Shell Rotella T. I know that this is a favorite amongst small ninja owners. I have also considered Amsoil motorcycle oil. I know it's about the same price for a gallon of Shell as it is for one quart of Amsoil($11/qt).
My question is, should I stick with Amsoil because Amsoil recommends changing the oil at twice the manufacturer interval (or 1 year), or should I stick with the favorite Rotella T and change more frequently?
Let's look at some of the facts. Amsoil will run me about $25 with tax plus the cost of 2 filters. Although Amsoil is good for twice the interval, I would only stick with the manufacturer interval of 7500 miles for the second change with a mid way filter change.
Use Shell Rotella T @ about $13/gal plus the cost of 2 filters. That's good for 2 oil changes which, realistically, will last me a year at about the same cost as above. The only plus side to this is I get fresh oil at the cost of 1 change.
But which oil is better? I drive mostly city right now because of break-in. Once I make 1000 miles, it's on to the highway at least half the time? Any opinions on Amsoil vs Shell Rotella T?