Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: East of the Peak, Colorado
The Big Oil Thread!!!! The Only Oil Thread!!!!
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.
2007 DL650 - Gone but not forgotten