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post #1 of 87 Old 05-05-2006, 01:14 AM Thread Starter
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Carrying on the Rotella debate

Over the last few days I think I've read all the posts on which oil is considered best for my Strom. I also took the time to read the info on oils and filters at the links many of you kindly provided. There was a ton of info to wade through.
Anyway, to make a long story short, today I changed my oil using Shell Rotella T 15W-40 and a Suzuki filter. Only went for a short ride and didn't really notice any difference, except there if a lot less 'clunk' going into 1st gear - that alone makes the change worthwhile.
Prior to this I was using Motorex 4T Formula semi-synthetic (Swiss make) @ $35 for a 4 litre jug - the Rotella was $14!!
So far, I'm happy :lol:

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post #2 of 87 Old 05-05-2006, 07:35 AM
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Al, Good choice. And if you like the Rotella, next time spring for the Rotella T synthetic, the VStrom likes that stuff even better - I know, I've tried both.
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Al, Good choice. And if you like the Rotella, next time spring for the Rotella T synthetic, the VStrom likes that stuff even better - I know, I've tried both.
And it's STILL cheaper than Mobil 1 or "motorcycle" synthetic.

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Now that I have over 3000 miles on my bike, that's my next step. I didn't want to run syn until the break in period was over. With a 4000+ mile trip coming up with no oil changes planned, syn is probably a good idea along with a new filter.

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I ran Rotella T 15W40 in my 01 Bandit 1200, for 50,000 miles with zero problems. It's a great oil IMHO.
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post #6 of 87 Old 05-05-2006, 09:30 PM
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I run Johnson's Baby Oil.. (It's not made of babies) or olive oil (it IS made of olives)... :wink:

I've been thinking about Rotella.. It's been a while since I had a bike that didn't have seperate lube for the gearbox, (former BMW rider) so Rotella looks like a good plan, and it's available EVERYWHERE.. Also a good thing..

I kicked around running bacon drippings, but I figured nobody would leave my bike alone.. :lol:

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Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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Getting back to the original subject :lol:

It just gets better! Approx 300kms (180 miles) later, the engine SEEMS quieter and shifting is soooooo smooth. This bike has been a pleasure to ride since new (none of the slow speed stumbling and farting I've read about on US bikes) and I'd learned to live with the 'clunky' transmission.
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We can do that??? :shock: :lol:

Again, thanks for bringing up Rotella.. I think I may use it at my next oil change..

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I have been running Rotell T 15 40 in my 2002 DL 1000 for the last 12,000 of my 18,000 miles. Shifts are smoother and oil is easy to find.
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