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Leslie

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I have been running my bike, even with the annoying whirring sound. I am taking the engine out shortly to let Smedspeed diagnose the issue. I have been riding her and she runs lovely, even with the noise. I carried out an oil change to check if there was detritus in the oil, so I used this opportunity to try a classic oil. also fitted an oil sump filter conversion
 

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^I think it's unnecessary and begging to be busted off by debris leaving you with no oil, not even dirty oil...
 

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Oil........ Noooooooo!
You’ve made your choice, so run with it...... Aaaaaahhhh! :whistle:
 

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That oil filter conversion looks great. Is there a write up on it somewhere?
Don't know of a write-up on the Smedspeed conversion but I fitted one to Miss November so there's pictures and discussion on my build thread, starts about here: https://www.xs650.com/threads/miss-november-xs2-tribute.55057/post-598561

Some people worry about the filter being ripped off by rocks - the filter extends slightly lower than the frame rails but is well tucked away and I've never had a damaged filter in more than 10,000 miles of road use. I don't ride rocky trails. Personally, I value the reassurance of having a modern fine filter element keeping the oil clean.

I usually use Putoline

So do I, the motorcycle trader in our village stocks Putoline so I can walk along the road and pick up 4 L of Putoline Formula V-Twin 20W50. I think the V-Twin formula is designed for old-fashioned engines with roller bearings, as opposed to modern plain bearing engines.

Mind you, his prices are going up so I might start to go on-line and buy Smith & Allan oil.
 

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Don't know of a write-up on the Smedspeed conversion but I fitted one to Miss November so there's pictures and discussion on my build thread, starts about here: https://www.xs650.com/threads/miss-november-xs2-tribute.55057/post-598561

Some people worry about the filter being ripped off by rocks - the filter extends slightly lower than the frame rails but is well tucked away and I've never had a damaged filter in more than 10,000 miles of road use. I don't ride rocky trails. Personally, I value the reassurance of having a modern fine filter element keeping the oil clean.



So do I, the motorcycle trader in our village stocks Putoline so I can walk along the road and pick up 4 L of Putoline Formula V-Twin 20W50. I think the V-Twin formula is designed for old-fashioned engines with roller bearings, as opposed to modern plain bearing engines.

Mind you, his prices are going up so I might start to go on-line and buy Smith & Allan oil.
Raymond, I am exactly the same, "The Bike Depot" Worksop has always been a Putoline supplier, if I am correct Putoline only make Motorcycle products
 

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@Raymond . . . tenner cheaper than amazon and £12 cheaper than eBay . . .
That looks like the place to buy. Can't recall what the local chap charged me last time but it seemed a lot more than previously.

Have you had a look at the Smith & Allan site? Their oil prices seem very reasonable. Hmm, go for a known brand or buy cheap? Smith & Allan say all the right things, right additives, etc. A mate gave me a bottle of S&A oil which I've used in the Royal Enfield.

Probably the main thing is changing the oil regularly.
 
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