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Hi, I just picked up an '02 Kaw Meanstreak 1500 with 17,000 miles. It runs great. The owner claimed the bike had been running dino lube in it from the get go. I am not sure if I should run 20/50 or 10/40, need help on that one. My parts distributor and friend says it is okay to run mobil1 full synth for v-twins motors.....and has it on the shelf. I would like some professional support on this, and what lube and weight of oil is most recommended. The guy I bought the bike from said never run synth lube as it could damage the rings, and seals, etc. Sounds like he was blowing smoke to me and didn't have a clue......please comment. Thanks, Jim.

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Hi, Boulevardrid 20/50 is for moderate to hot weather riding 10/40 is for moderate to cold weather riding and yes to the Mobil 1 the oil Gods claim synthetic oil is better than dino oil I run full synthetic in my bikes and cars.
For this situation, I would call or visit my local dealer or reputable shop's service/parts department and inquire about any possible quick fix, answers, or parts inquiry.
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Check the piston to cylinder clearance.You very well could have wore either the piston and/or the cylinder.
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Remove battery and get it charged the tested..More likely its failed. when engine is running check battery voltage it should be 12.8 to 14.2 volts with good battery

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If the problem is, idle and revs good while in neutral but shuts down when gear is engaged, then it would most likely be the sidestand switch. Try to check, clean, bypass or replace.

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