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Old 11-12-2010, 09:59 AM   #5
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Joined: Dec 2004
Location: Richardson, TX
Oddometer: 7,600

I use Shell Rotella conventional. I avoid synthetics in my DR for two reasons:

First, there have complaints of notchy shifting with some synthetic oil that were "cured" by switching to dino.

Second, my DR is an '01, and still has the leak prone early base gasket. Mine doesn't leak. Since synthetic oil molecules are smaller, they can weep past gaskets that conventional oil can't. It was a problem on older bikes when synthetics became widely available. Probably irrational of me, but I'd rather not take the chance...
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