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What kind of engine lubricants do i use on this model bike

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Any oil that is JASO MA certified for motorcycle use. 10w-40 for cool climate 20w-50 for warm climate. Do not use any oil that says Energy Conserving on the label it will shorten the life of your wet clutch and transmission gears. Synthetic oil will help your engine run cooler and shift easier in hot weather.

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