I changed the oil (and filter) at 250, 500, 1000, and 2000 miles, and haven't used two whole quarts yet! Guess the only way to completely drain the motor is to remove the timing-side case, and that seems a little extreme to me...Mike and Stumpy in Michigan
You pretty rugged yourself riding at 12*. I hope nobody spits in the street. You run over it you may slip down. Well, hinda an exageration, but, be careful. I have had several bad experiences with ice,( more than once it was in my glass, with a strong beverage) none on a motorcycle, but none were pain free either.
I have an '02 500ES that I bought new. The original dealer started it with synthetic and I have kept it that way(Mobil 1 15w50) .The beast currently has 11,000 miles on it. It is my daily commuter all year 'round to work (I ride it about 200 days a year, winter too). So it is mostly short trips in 100 degree down to 12 degree weather. No problems so far with lubrication. I am continually amazed at the ruggedness of the design. A great machine.
To: little_a_o:I am not really taking a stand on the mineral to synthetic transition;