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I have a 2006 Burgman 400 and thought that I would try to handle the 4,000 mile oil change myself, though it isn't quite time for it yet. However, all I have found are instructions for the 2007 and above and they depend on you looking through the site glass to see the oil level, which the 2006 doesn't have. I think the instructions for the oil change light may be different also. So, would someone please take a few minutes and write out some easy to follow instructions for changing the oil, please?
 

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If you have an owner's manual all the instructions you will need are in the periodic maintenance section.

If you don't the procedure is pretty much the same as for the 07+ 400.

You don't have a sight glass but you do have a dipstick. It takes about 2 quarts to refill, slightly more if you change the filter. Pour in two quarts through the dipstick hole. Replace the dipstick and start the bike. Let it run a minute or so then shut it off. Give it a couple of minutes for the oil to drain back down then check the level. Add a little more if needed.
 

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Thank you, Buffalo. I am glad that it is very similar to the one posted for the 2007 and later. Will have to look thru my owner's manual again because I don't recall seeing the steps in it. I probably read right past it. I'm glad you gave me a link to resetting the oil change indicator. I am trying not to spend all of my money at the dealer if I can help it. The 4K inspection is coming up and I figure the dealer will charge me around $200 to do it. If it isn't much more than change oil and filter, I can do that myself. We will already have other things the dealer has to do on our PCX so anything that can save me money is a good thing.
 

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This is my last weekend in town before my trip.
If you want help on Sunday give my a holler.
 

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I have 3681 on the odometer. I have to decide if I want to do it early or wait till you get back. It probably would not hurt it to wait till you return, if I need some help. I still haven't figured out which oil is best for these scooters. I changed the oil on my wife's little Honda PCX and got a note from someone on that forum that the oil I chose wasn't the best for it but would do this time around. So I am still learning. Once you are back we can discuss oil types and manufacturers. The one I had chosen for the PCX was Castrol Edge 5w30 full synthetic.
 

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Given where you live I would suggest you go to a 5W40 synthetic. Suzuki says an oil with an upper rating of 30 is only good up to 86 degrees Fahrenheit. They say one with an upper rating of 40 is good to 104+ degrees Fahrenheit.
 

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Whatever you do, don't over fill the bike like I did a while back. It forced it's way back into the starter & shorted it out. (which was only rebuilt about a year prior) ;)
I'm gettin real good at replacing starters these days. :D
 

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Thank all of you for your input. I will look for a 5w40 synthetic. Any preferred brands?
 

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Any preferred brands?
Now that question will start something :). Just do a search on oil and you will find lots of threads on it. You will get lots of opinions on which brand is best, some of them very vocal.

Any good quality oil will do. With the 400 you don't even have to worry about it being safe for a wet clutch so it doesn't have to be motorcycle specific. What I am running in mine is Rotella 15W40 Dino oil mainly because that is what I run in the 650 as it is safe for a wet clutch. They also make a 5W40 synthetic that is popular with some on here.
 

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Well I finally got around to changing the oil. I chose Castrol Edge with SPT, full synthetic, 5w40. I hope that is satisfactory. It was expensive per quart but I am willing to foot the bill if it will keep my scooter running well. I've taken it on a 150 mile run since then and it seems to be doing fine.
 
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