Hello group! Oil Question??

John Soliday johnsoliday at msn.com
Tue Mar 23 19:06:15 PDT 2010

3.5L when changing filter, 3.7L totally dry.  Roughly 3.5 quarts, measure out the last quart while watching the site glass on the side with the bike on the center stand.  Remember there are two drain plugs, one in front center of the engine (can hardly find it with the lower fairing on) and the rear one on lowest part of the oil pan.



-----Original Message-----
From: gpzlist-bounces at micapeak.com [mailto:gpzlist-bounces at micapeak.com] On Behalf Of Patrick
Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 5:44 PM
To: GPZ List
Subject: RE: Hello group! Oil Question??

Thank you all for the great input! I really appreciate it. I love this damn bike! I'm gonna fill it with the synthetic 20 W-50. I need to find my manual , I cant remember how much oil to add for an oil change plus new filter on this bike. Thanks again my GPZEEEERS!

"In vino veritas"

--- On Tue, 3/23/10, John Soliday <johnsoliday at msn.com> wrote:

From: John Soliday <johnsoliday at msn.com>
Subject: RE: Hello group! Oil Question??
To: "'GPZ List'" <gpzlist at micapeak.com>
Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 2:25 PM

I too had an '88 ZX10, that's why I replaced it with the '95 GPZ.  I never
noticed my ZX to be "hot running" as both it and the GPZ keep the temp
indicator in the lower 25% of the range most of the time, which I assume is
running fairly cool vs. in the upper range.  I use Rotella 20W50 now, but
was a Mobil 1 junky for years.  I've decided I change it often enough I
don't need that high temperature, racing margin oil ;-)


-----Original Message-----
From: gpzlist-bounces at micapeak.com [mailto:gpzlist-bounces at micapeak.com] On
Behalf Of art.robinson
Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 12:50 PM
To: 'GPZ List'
Subject: RE: Hello group! Oil Question??

I had an air cooled 550cc Zephyr as well as the GPZ and I used 20/50
Belray full synthetic oil. The bike was "cold blooded" from the start
the synthetic made a huge difference to the clutch action and the warm
up period. The bike really loved it!

My '95 GPZ runs "cool as a cucumber" and from what I gather from The
List this is the way it is.

Art in TO

-----Original Message-----
From: gpzlist-bounces at micapeak.com [mailto:gpzlist-bounces at micapeak.com]
On Behalf Of thomas hoy
Sent: 23 March 2010 13:56
To: 'GPZ List'
Subject: RE: Hello group! Oil Question??


Now, I have an '84 gpz, and I run 20w50 in it.  I run 20w50 cuz its air
cooled, I live in CA and it is a hot-runner.  

Now, I have owned a whole slew of bikes in my life, but never a mid-90's
Kawasaki, but I could be off-base on this:
I have owned an '86 ninja 600 (zx600), and 85 zx900 ninja and a 1989
All of these have been, although healthy machines, rather hot-running
motorcycles.  I have always run a 20w50 in them b/c a.) I was much
and liked to go fast now and then, b.) lived in Texas and CA at the
and c.) understood that heat is the enemy of viscosity.  

I really have no idea now whether the newer generation of kwaks like to
hot or not, but it can't kill ya to keep a little thicker goop in yer

-----Original Message-----
From: gpzlist-bounces at micapeak.com [mailto:gpzlist-bounces at micapeak.com]
Behalf Of patrick
Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 5:53 AM
To: GPZ List
Subject: RE: Hello group! Oil Question??

Thanks art, should I use the 20 w 50?

Connected by MOTOBLUR™ on T-Mobile

-----Original message-----
From: Arthur Robinson <art.robinson at rogers.com>
To: 'GPZ List' <gpzlist at micapeak.com>
Sent: Tue, Mar 23, 2010 12:27:05 GMT+00:00
Subject: RE: Hello group! Oil Question??

I've been using 10-40 fully synthetic oil since 4K Kms. The bike now has
105K and doesn't use any significant amount of oil over the entire

I wouldn't go for anything else: I think it's a good investment.

Art in TO

-----Original Message-----
From: gpzlist-bounces at micapeak.com [mailto:gpzlist-bounces at micapeak.com]
On Behalf Of Patrick
Sent: 22 March 2010 19:49
To: GPZ List
Subject: Hello group! Oil Question??

Hello all, time for an oil/filter change on my '96 GPZ 1100. When I
bought the bike the seller gave me two full boxes of Castrol fully
synthetic R4 oil. 1 box of 20 W-50 and another of 5 W-50. I dont
generally use any synthetic oil, although this stuff is damn expensive
and I sure would love to use it. What is everyone's opinion? I would
probably use the 20 W -50 I suppose. Not sure though???  Thanks
"In vino veritas"

--- On Mon, 3/22/10, Chuck Driscoll <cdriscol2001 at yahoo.com> wrote:

From: Chuck Driscoll <cdriscol2001 at yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Might be looking to sell
To: "GPZ List" <gpzlist at micapeak.com>
Date: Monday, March 22, 2010, 1:04 PM

As someone who sold his, I wish I hadn't. I did use the $ toward my KLR
which I am glad to have, and I enjoy, but the GPZ is a great 2up road
bike, and the KLR is not that. With the GPZ the fun value is more than
the $ value. Do what you gotta, if you really need the $ or garage
space, but 1000 quality miles a year is better than 0 quality miles per
Chuck Driscoll

--- On Mon, 3/22/10, mrgilmore at aol.com <mrgilmore at aol.com> wrote:

> From: mrgilmore at aol.com <mrgilmore at aol.com>
> Subject: Re: Might be looking to sell
> To: gpzlist at micapeak.com
> Date: Monday, March 22, 2010, 10:11 AM
> Charles, Dave and all you guys,
> I'm with you Charles...  keep it.  If you have
> the garage or other location to store it, that will probably
> make you very happy if/when you elect to get it out one day
> and re-experience why you rode (ride) in the first
> place.  Like you (Charles) I'm older than Dave I
> presume.  At 57, I figure I've also seen better days
> and getting out and riding when the opportunity presents
> itself is a really good thing for me.  Of course,
> living in S. CA gives me virtually year-round riding, but
> the principle remains the same.  I took a week-long run
> up and around CA last Oct., just me, tent/gear, some
> e-books, etc. and that was really great for my
> spirits.  These days, I don't go for the type of full
> morning or all-day rides like I used to, for a few
> reasons.  Mostly keeping the women happy, and also I'm
> pre-occupied with this home remodel presently going
> on.  I do intend to crank 'ol red' up for a brief ride
> today, but that'll probably be it for  a little
> while...  I can't afford a new bike, and I'm really
> glad I chose the Geeper when I bought it new in '95. 
> Been the best all around bike for me.  No complaints,
> period.  A little porky, but WTF?  That heft is
> reassuring when I crank up the RPMs if you know what I
> mean...
> So Dave, unless its a financial thing or the woman is
> handing you a difficult ultimatum, I say keep it and leave
> it in hiberation mode for your use when you want it.  I
> guarantee you'll miss it when the day rolls around and that
> feeling says "ride"...
> Just my two cents...
> Ron Jordan
> lurking in Altadena, CA
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Charles Scappaticci <scapco at ecentral.com>
> To: GPZ List <gpzlist at micapeak.com>
> Sent: Sun, Mar 21, 2010 5:49 pm
> Subject: Re: Might be looking to sell
> Dave,
> I say keep it.
> I certainly understand where you're coming from.  It
> seems harder and
> arder to get out for a long ride with work, kids and
> everything
> tealing your time.  It seems I have less free time now
> than ever
> efore. And I've not given the GPZ or my dirt bikes the
> attention they
> eserve the past couple of years. But...
> It took a long trip through western Canada to remind me of
> how much I
> njoy riding and why I do it.  The solitude, the
> scenery and the
> lements are such a wonderful change from the daily
> pressures sitting
> ehind two computer monitors in my little office at work,
> making
> thers wealthy while my life gets harder.
> I'm a little older than you and my kids are older too, one
> gone and
> he other in just a couple more years.  My youngest
> rarely rides with
> e anymore with her school, sports and friends so it's just
> me
> sually.  I turn 54 this summer and time is certainly
> weighing on my
> ind.  My best years behind me now, how much more time
> do I have left
> o ride and partake in life's adventures?  How many of
> you listers
> ave read about Edelweiss tours around the world trip this
> fall?  8
> onths, 40K miles for $102,000, plus you provide the bike
> and other
> tuff, maybe $150K all together.  I'd give my left nut
> to do that ride
> f I could (since my marriage ended I don't use it
> anyway).  I'll
> ever get to retire thanks to the actions of others, so I
> choose to
> ide when I can as long as I can.
> I'm planning on a 10 day ride around Colorado in late
> August, just me
> nd the GPZ, a tent, sleeping bag and no schedule.  I'm
> going to find
> ome nice lakes to camp next to, a good book or two and some
> good
> orners and scenery.  2011?  Probably back to
> Canada, I just have to
> ecide east coast or west coast.  My biggest concern
> these days (other
> han paying for my daughters college) is how I'm going to
> get a newer
> ike, maybe a new Connie, BMW1200 GS, or something like that
> to eat up
> he miles.  I'll still keep the GPZ though, with
> insurance down to
> 183 a year (still full coverage!), and $50 annually to
> register it,
> t costs me almost nothing to keep it for whatever comes
> along. And
> ith 50K on the clock and a salvage title, who'd want it
> anyway
> egardless of the condition?
> So, my apologies for the long winded rambling, but I say
> keep it for
> ow and give it some serious thought.  Are you ready to
> retire to the
> az-boy recliner?  I'm not.
> Charles S.
>  From: David Spaulding <spauldingd at hotmail.com>
>  I think it might be time to sell my GPz.



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