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Re: Mixing oils?

It's that time of year again when I have to winterize my bike. I've been running Amsoil and want to change the oil for storage but don't want to use more Amsoil since it gets changed first thing in the spring and the stuff costs too much to waste. Any reason why I can't use regular dino (Honda) oil for winter storage and than replace with fresh synthetic again in the sping?

Just wondering if it's alright to switch back and forth between synth and non-synth.

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Re: Mixing oils?

I wouldn't, even if the oil was free. The dino you put in, even new, will gel up more than the used synthetic. How many miles do you have on the Amsoil? If it's under 10K, don't even bother, or at least not until it's time to ride, when you may feel the need to change it out.
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Re: Mixing oils?

I don't think there is any reason at all why you can't just put any good clean oil in it for winter storage. Even cheaper car oil is fine for storage, like Penzoil or Castro. If you are changing it out in the spring anyway, all it needs to be is clean. It will mix fine, with no problems. You can mix and switch back and forth without any issues.

I like to store my bike with clean oil over the winter. Amsoil, like any other oil, gets polluted with acids created as a by-product of combustion. The lube properties of the old oil may be fine, but clean oil is best for storage.
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Re: Mixing oils?

The Amsoil doesn't have that many miles (1000+ track miles), but I've always put in fresh oil before storing for long periods. Since I plan on draining the dino and replacing it with fresh Amsoil as soon as I pull the bike out of storage, I wasn't sure if once you switch to synth if it's ok to switch back to dino.

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Re: Mixing oils?

I have made switches back and forth between synth and natural oils in both the car and bike for years.
(Before just giving up and using reg. oil and changing it every 1500-2k.)

Anyhow, I never had problems doing so, no gumming etc.
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Re: Mixing oils?

I'm glad you asked this question. I was wondering the same thing. I always put fresh oil in before storage and change it again first thing in spring. I was wondering the same thing about just getting cheap honda oil for the winter.

Any other inputs out there? Abtech? LTL? Bueller?

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