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Author Topic: 1983 Nighthawk 550, Oil Type (Recommandations)  (Read 2613 times)
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« on: September 26, 2011, 05:55:40 PM »

Hi Guys!

I bought a 1983 Honda Nighthawk 550 and am wondering about some info for an oil change on it.  I have searched on this forum (love that there is a dedicated community), but have not found anything.

What oil should I be putting into it?  I have looked on the bike's frame for info regarding this, however have not found anything.  I have read that 10W40 is what is recommended, but have also seen other oils used.

What should I be using?  My bike has 60,000 KMs on it.  Any information is much appreciated!

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2011, 06:44:42 PM »

You could ask 20 people that question and get 20 different answers. This thread should give you a good idea what to look for.
http://nighthawk-forums.com/index.php/topic,9030.0/highlight,oil+thread.html
Bottom line, use an oil that has the JASO-MA designation on it.
FWIW, I use Rotella T 15w-40. I get the gallon jug at Walmart for dirt cheap.
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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2011, 06:45:27 PM »

Here is the oil thread, http://nighthawk-forums.com/index.php/topic,9030.0.html
Quite of few of us use Shell Rotella 15w40.
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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2011, 04:19:48 AM »

Thanks!  I will certainly give that a read!
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