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How much do you want to spend? Rotella T6 5W-40 is very popular for cycles. I've used it in many cycles for years. Cost is about $22 per gal. It's a Group III (hydracracked - lowest level) synthetic.

Next step up is a cycle-specific synthetic oil like Mobil 1 4T 10W-40 or Castrol RS 4T 10W-40. Those are about $10 per quart. Higher level Group IV PAO synthetic. I believe Redline oil is in this category as well.

Next step is a Euro oil like Motul or Repsol. Their top of the line racing oil (like Motul 300V) is about $15 to $18 (list) per quart. Highest level Group V Ester based synthetic.

I use Rotella T6 a lot, but have Castrol 4T 10W-40 in my SV right now. Motul 300V claims to give you the most power, and I've seen some info that suggests it does.

Can you tell the difference on the street? Probably not.


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how important is it to drain enough of the regular oil before using synthetic oil?
Just drain as usual and change the filter. Synthetic will mix with conventional without a problem, but don't intentionally mix any amount of different oils.

A good low cost synthetic for the Ninja is Shell Rotella T6 5W-40. Next step up would be something like Castrol 4T or Mobil1 4T 10W-40 cycle oil.


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