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What kind of oil is recommended?

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Hey everyone, I know this subject has been discussed before, but search won't let me look for anything less than for characters, so oil won't work.

Anyway, I am doing the first oil change on my '05 TW and was wondering if I should get a certain oil, or if any motorcycle oil in general will work? I'm not sure which weight to buy, I plan on ridding the bike through most of the upcoming winter if that makes a difference. Also, I heard that switching to synthetic might not be a bad idea to make shifts smoother? Any thoughts and suggestions are appreciated!
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Type this into google. oil

And get yourself a comfy chair and cup of coffee.
I've been using the Yamalube 4M 20w-40 marine oil. I figure if it can work in a marine environment, on an outboard that has to operate from takeoff to full speed in just one gear, that it should be about perfect for the TW.

Don't outboards run quite cool because they never heat up the coolant, the water is constantly renewed from the sea, and they don't have wet cluches.

Stick with motorcycle specific oil.

I am only thinking aloud, so someone put me right if I'm talking nonsense.
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