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Old 05-19-2008, 10:14 PM
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I don't know how picky you are about the oil you put in your bike and if you are completely happy with Dino 10W40 for $2 a quart, this post isn't for you. (Although, I am sure a couple cannot resist the temptation to post sarcastically.....Yeah, yeah....another oil thread.)

But, if you are like me, sitting on top of your engine, listening for every sound, feeling every vibration, wondering about power and questioning each quirk......wanting the best. Then I challenge you to a test.

For the past 8,000 miles, including regular oil changes around engine break-in....I have been using Rotella 5W40. After some conversations with friends that drive European sports cars and doing a lot of additional research, I changed to Mobile 1 0W40. (Oil Rating Algorithm in the Oil Bible: Rotella 5W40 - 730, M1 0W40 - 768) This oil was designed for high performance, high stressed, high RPM.....turbo charged sports cars.

I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt, I prefer it to Rotella.

Now, this oil is not for most, as it sells for about 6.99 a quart, but it will be my oil of choice until something better comes along.

Anyway, if you have an interest......give the 0W40 a try.

PS. In no way do I think Rotella is better than M1 0W40 (except flash point).....but Rotella could very well be the best choice in relation to the amount you spend. Rotella has more value, but it is not the best. The highest rated 40 weight was Amsoil 10W40 at 769.
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Old 05-19-2008, 10:25 PM
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........and here we go
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I like oil threads. Really, I do.
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I appreciate the information. I'm just getting ready to make the switch to Amsoil MC specific 10W40 and was wondering how it rated against other oils. You've given me the answer. Thanks.

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I love an oil thread as much as the next bloke..

but I need to ask you what you think about the friction additives in Mobil1 car oil and the clutch in your motorcycle..
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Old 05-20-2008, 10:18 AM
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After reading much (certainly not all...can't be done ) of the oil info on this site and others, including this http://www.trustmymechanic.com/motor-oil-bible.pdf and this http://calsci.com/motorcycleinfo/Oils1.html

I deceided to use this http://www.mobiloil.com/USA-English/...4T_10W-40.aspx (Mobil 1 Racing 4T 10W-40)

It was pricey at nearly $10US a quart but it seemed the 'safest' option. I also bought the NAPA GOLD 1359 oil filter. It seems that 'hedging' the oil question to save a few dollors isn't worth it. For that matter, just spending the time to research the 'oil question' isn't worth the savings.

Hmmm, just my .02 cents....
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If spending a lot of money on designer oil is your thing, then you should buy it by the drum. Racing oils, oils for high milage rides & any other "special lubercant" are special to the retailer.

Can you say, SNAKE OIL?

Marketing is great in this country. & do we all buy into it.

Your DL-1000 or DL-650 doesn't care if you spend $2. a qt or $12.

But we seem to get all warm & have great expectations as to how our motor/transmission & clutch for most MCs, are now going to be transformed into the fire breathing, asphalt blistering beast that we have always lusted for.

Sure there is some difference between some oils, but are we really driving a machine & then driving in such a way that we honestly believe we are in such a tiny percent of a percent that might even then reap the benefits that are the additive difference between oils?

If it makes you feel better to believe in "snake oil" & how a simple oil/filter chance w/ designer oil is the only way your bike will survive then empty your wallet. But to emply to the new bike owner that this or that is "better", just is not for the VStrom rider.

Follow the suggested guide lines in your manual & the weight for your climate.
That doesn't mean to buy the dealer's selection of oil.

It's you money, just don't get sucked into the BS of oil chat.
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Get ready to hurl in your wheaties. I have the coolest oil combo by far. Amsoil 10-40 w/ 10% lucas synthetic oil stabilizer. Everybody flags me down as I'm riding and says, "hey! Is that amsoil 10-40 w/ 10% lucas oil stabilizer you have in your crankcase"? To which I reply, "hell yeah motherf'er" --then we high five and exchange pleasantries. If it's a female, we rent a motel room and function as creepy animals for 20 min. As she moans approval of the lucas fuel treatment that I also use in every tank.
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my 2c Valvoline M/C 20-50 $4.29/ qt. 65K on 03 Vee. 70-100 mph daily. I bet that taking 2 identical bikes, one with a designer oil and one with a regular M/C specific oil, one would not be able to tell even the slightest difference between the two,in a blind test. I had a Suz. parts guy try to talk me into some $10.99/ qt Red Line oil once. He said that he runs it in his bike and loved it. I asked what the difference was that he noticed. He said that the tach needle on his bike was steadier at idle! Again, just my 2c Everybody be safe!!
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