Proud Owner of '99 VN 750
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: New Orleans
Engine Oil and Fuel Inquiries
Hello Everyone!, I have two main questions and I've scouted over many threads with information to find my questions unanswerable so I'm calling on my fellow riders. That Being said, Below are the facts and below the facts are my Questions. Thank you very much for your continued Support.
Facts: The Bike is a 1999 Kawasaki Vulcan 750A , I use Ethanol free 93 Octane fuel, The plugs are DPR7EIX-9 (less then 100 miles ago), I use Rotella T6 5w40 (Change every 2k miles, last change less then 100 miles ago). I live in in the South in Louisiana and the weather currently is around 75 with the usual humidity regardless of heat.
Question 1: I've read many threads with conversation regarding oil weight and type. That being said I won't be starting any debates but I have a worry which I'm sure could be lightened up. I'm currently using Rotella T6 5w40 synthetic oil in the bike and I change it every 2,000 miles (i know its early but I prefer it this way). The MFR calls for 10w40 as is written on the filler cap on the bike. I hear a ticking noise (which is said here is perfectly normal which tells you its working fine) after the bike has warmed up, this noise feels damaging to me as its semi-loud and the bike heats up more after this ticking starts. and only at non-revving speed such as idling or with the clutch pulled in completely. I'm aware that season as well as location play a factor in oil selection though I love the protection of Rotella t6 they only carry this weight. Ideas?
Question 2: I read a post that stated MFR requires 87 octane but on my bike it still has a sticker that says 93 octane only. So naturally I use ethanol free fuel in order to keep the bike in perfect clean shape. Can someone possibly tell me that this is the correct method?
Last edited by furikazashi; 04-09-2014 at 05:26 PM.
Reason: Added residency for information.