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Breaking in a TE610 with syn oil?

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I hate for my first post on this board to be an oil thread, and I did search and read the existing oil threads, but I'm just not sure about this. I drained the oil from my TE610 to check torque on the counterbalancer nut, I've got some motorex 10w-60 to put back in it, but I've always heard you don't break a bike in with synthetic oil, as you know the manual calls for this exotic stuff. Did any of you guys break your bikes in with synthetic oil?

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Uptite recommended for my SM510R a break-in with full petroleum-based oil - Spectra 20-50W - and then switch to semi-synthetic or full synthetic. I sense that after break-in the emphasis is on changing the oil more often than not, rather than splurging on full synthetic for the sake of it.

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Uptite recommended for my SM510R a break-in with full petroleum-based oil - Spectra 20-50W - and then switch to semi-synthetic or full synthetic. I sense that after break-in the emphasis is on changing the oil more often than not, rather than splurging on full synthetic for the sake of it.

That makes sense to me.

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No synthetic so far for my 06 TE610 with 1200 miles. I actually used castrol20/50 for the last 200 miles but am now ready to put a spectrol blend in. One very knowlegable dealer told me just break it in easy so the bearings can find their groove. Could using a synthetic prolong the break in period? Corvettes come new with it. PS Was your balancer torqued OK? -Frank

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No synthetic so far for my 06 TE610 with 1200 miles. I actually used castrol20/50 for the last 200 miles but am now ready to put a spectrol blend in. One very knowlegable dealer told me just break it in easy so the bearings can find their groove. Could using a synthetic prolong the break in period? Corvettes come new with it. PS Was your balancer torqued OK? -Frank

Yeah, it was torqued OK.

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I'm sure this will continue to be debated until the end of time, or the end of lubricants as we know them...

I ran 20 'hard' miles on the break-in oil that came in the bike, then I used cheap Walmart 20w-50 for 500 miles (no friction modifiers, moly), changing it excessively to clean out the sealer gunk and shavings, etc. I subscribe to the break it in hard, like you're going to ride it, philosophy of seating the rings while you can...

Now I'm using what the engineers/manufacture recommend, namely Agip 10w-60 Full synthetic Group IV PAO oil. The engine/tranny just don't require enough oil to skimp on the quality. How much will you spend on gas during that 300-400 miles between oil changes? $50? $15 for < 2 liters of oil and a filter isn't so bad. I think any quality, motorcycle full synthetic of appropriate viscosity will be fine. I'd run Rotella if they made it in 50 or 60 weight...

That said, I don't think there is any reason to NOT use synthetic during break in, except I like to change it every 20-40 miles for the first few hundred and that would get expensive.

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