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GTS 300, 2020 hpe
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Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:12 pm quote
Is it ok to put SW5-30 motor oil in my 2020 Vespa 300 gts hpe? Or do I need to return it and get SW5-40 motor oil?
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:36 pm quote
Re: Motor oil
MarshWasp wrote:
Is it ok to put SW5-30 motor oil in my 2020 Vespa 300 gts hpe? Or do I need to return it and get SW5-40 motor oil?
What's SW5-40? Seriously, I have heard of 5W-40 but never heard of SW...

To answer your questions: Probably not, and yes but we need to get more specific.

RTFM.
Molto Verboso
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Sat Nov 07, 2020 6:03 pm quote
Re: Motor oil
MarshWasp wrote:
Is it ok to put SW5-30 motor oil in my 2020 Vespa 300 gts hpe? Or do I need to return it and get SW5-40 motor oil?
Typo? 5W-30?

Where I live in the sunny South of Africa, we very seldom get temperatures in the single digits, so I could probably get good service from 10W-40. I use 5w-40 in my Vespa 300 GTS because it is the same grade of oil specified for my BMW 1200 motorcycles and my Subaru Forester, so I can buy it in more economical 5 litre packs and use it for all of them, both top-up and oil change.
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2018 Vespa GTS 300
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Location: Houston, Texas
Sat Nov 07, 2020 6:08 pm quote
I'm thinking the "S" in SW refers to it being synthetic.

Vespa recommends 5W-40 as it does not thin out as readily as 5W-30 oil. I never use anything other than 5W-40. Vespa motors are high rpm and hot running. You need a really good oil.
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Sat Nov 07, 2020 6:53 pm quote
Re: Motor oil
MarshWasp wrote:
Is it ok to put SW5-30 motor oil in my 2020 Vespa 300 gts hpe? Or do I need to return it and get SW5-40 motor oil?
If the book says xxx/40 then you should use 40 weight oil. The "W" stands for winter so unles you plan to ride in January...
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Sat Nov 07, 2020 7:14 pm quote
It's easy to buy the right oil. If you live near a Cycle Gear, you can even pick it up in store!
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Sat Nov 07, 2020 7:55 pm quote
Also easy if you live near any motorcycle dealer. They all have oil.
Molto Verboso
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Sat Nov 07, 2020 8:07 pm quote
Good oil

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Sat Nov 07, 2020 8:15 pm quote
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Sun Nov 08, 2020 12:39 am quote
Sledge... Ooooookkayyyyyy..!
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Sun Nov 08, 2020 1:26 am quote
Re: Motor oil
MarshWasp wrote:
Is it ok to put SW5-30 motor oil in my 2020 Vespa 300 gts hpe? Or do I need to return it and get SW5-40 motor oil?
Welcome to the site.

Yes, unless you are in a very cold environment I'd go with the genuine 5w-40 fully synthetic motorcycle oil. It will protect your engine much better.

Take a look at this.

https://www.total.co.uk/difference-between-5w30-5w40-engine-oil

It's the same irrespective of whether you are talking about car or mc oil.

Good luck.
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GTS 300, 2020 hpe
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Location: Carlsbad Ca.
Sun Nov 08, 2020 7:12 am quote
Thank you for your help, good information to know
Veni, Vidi, Posti
Lx 50 4T (totaled), GTS 250, S 150 (Missing in KS), Something Chinese, GT 200 (sold)
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Mon Nov 09, 2020 10:59 am quote
MarshWasp wrote:
Thank you for your help, good information to know
You are very polite. An oil thread that has not gone South.🙂
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Tue Nov 10, 2020 2:09 am quote
From what I can see very very few oil threads actually go bad! Even the ones that go bad are hardly bad at all.

Yes they are!

No they're not! Lol....
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Tue Nov 10, 2020 2:13 am quote
Max6200 wrote:
MarshWasp wrote:
Thank you for your help, good information to know
You are very polite. An oil thread that has not gone South.🙂
WHATS WRONG WITH BEING SOUTH?
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Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:54 am quote
znomit wrote:
Max6200 wrote:
MarshWasp wrote:
Thank you for your help, good information to know
You are very polite. An oil thread that has not gone South.🙂
WHATS WRONG WITH BEING SOUTH?
Hey nothing at all when you are down under🤠
Molto Verboso
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Thu Nov 19, 2020 1:48 am quote
Max6200 wrote:
znomit wrote:
Max6200 wrote:
MarshWasp wrote:
Thank you for your help, good information to know
You are very polite. An oil thread that has not gone South.🙂
WHATS WRONG WITH BEING SOUTH?
Hey nothing at all when you are down under🤠
Who says it's us that's down under. Maybe we are up over and it's others who are down under.
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2016 Vespa GTS300ie abs/asr/ess Settantesimo '70'
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Thu Nov 19, 2020 3:49 am quote
It just depends whether you believe the earth is flat or round!
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