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Synthetic or regular oil, who's right

My 97 spirit has 14,000mi. but I am getting conflicting reports. Half mechanics say synthetic but manufacture does not recommend for bikes with a wet clutch. Who's right?

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For best results, just use good old 20w50, the god of oils for motorcycles, and buy from a good make , not cheap wall mart stuff. change the oil at least once a year , twice is better. synthetic has no bussiness in a bike engine. ive been repairing and riding over 30 yrs

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