HEY MODERATOR, can we GET AN ENGINE OIL FORUM
This just seems to be an endlessly debated, questioned, postulated and "subjective" subject.
There are standards for motorcycle oil just as there are standards for automobile engine oil and diesel engine oil. Those standards are in place to provide the best service using the correct type of oil. Now if you happen to use an oil that isn't Suzuke
Take a few minutes to read this as it pretty much discusses your question. It will literally tell you EVERYTHING you need to know to be proficient in motorcycle oil-speak.
Here's an excerpt: "Motorcycles Engines are Special
In most motorcycle engines, those same engine surfaces generally move much faster than they do in car and truck engines, conventionally twice to ten times as fast, due to difference in RPM ranges, stroke lengths, stroke speeds (i.e. - piston speed), et cetera. Additionally, most modern street-oriented motorcycles have a "wet clutch", which means that the clutch plates also sit in the same oil that the rest of the engine uses to lubricate itself. Most also have the transmission also sharing this same oil. Throw in the fact that some motorcycles are still oil-air cooled (which causes the oil to run 1.5 to 3 times hotter than a water-cooled engine). These four differences (speed, clutch exposure, transmission exposure and oil temp) are the grounds for the basic differences between formulations of motorcycle oils and car oils.
I.E. - Mobil 1 V-Twin 20W-50 contains 25% more anti-wear and anti-oxidation additives than the equivalent traditional Mobil 1 automobile oil. "
http://www.motorcycleanchor.com/motorcy ... c_oil.html
As to the question about "where to buy", again, you can get oil virtually ANYWHERE (Wal Mart, K mart, Target, Sam's Club, COSTCO, Autozone, Pep Boys, Checkers, O'Reillys, your local dealer etc etc etc) that meets the cost and quantity requirement. You can get the filter at the Suzuki dealer as well as Suzuki oil or any good dino or synthetic motorcycle oil. You can use NAPA, WIX, K&N or other manufacturer's filters (yes, even FRAM, LoL, if you so desire). You can buy the filters about anywhere once you know the numbers and cross reference, and you can buy Suzuki Burgman filters off eBay or Amazon.com. You can use regular DINO oil or Mobile 1 or AMSOIL or Castrol or any other oil that meets the specs. (READ THE LABEL). You can generally save a little if you buy the oil in bulk (in the 4 or 5 quart jugs). I generally do the crankcase first and change the tranny oil every other oil change as the transmission oil is not subjected to the same types of stress the engine oil is subjected to.
As to the FREQUENCY, that information is in your MANUAL. I can RECOMMEND 3,000 with DINO oil, or 5,000 miles or even 7500 miles with Synthetic oils, but depending on where you are and the conditions you ride, that should determine your oil change interval. And yes, change the FILTER every time you change the oil.
Take the time to thoroughly read the link I provided and to digest that information. You will find it informative, even enlightening and will provide you with a solid basis in oil knowledge.
Do we need to use "motorcycle" oil in our scooters or will regular oil be ok? I would like ur latest thoughts on brand,type,etc. oil u use and where it can be purchased at the best price and also how often u change the oil and the oil filter.