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Old 06-08-2011, 09:26 PM   #16
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My second change at 1800km showed fairly clean oil with no shiny bits. Replaced oil filter and filled with non-synth Maxima Premium4 10W-40. Next change in about 2000km will be full synth.
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Old 06-08-2011, 11:39 PM   #17
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My second change at 1800km showed fairly clean oil with no shiny bits. Replaced oil filter and filled with non-synth Maxima Premium4 10W-40. Next change in about 2000km will be full synth.
Cheers Cariboo- did you see the oil from the first change or did you get the first service done at the dealer?
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Old 06-09-2011, 02:01 AM   #18
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I did oil and filter at ~300kms and the oil was dark compared to what I was expecting.
Did the wee strom at the same time and about same kms oil that came out was lighter in colour than T800

Filled both bikes with same oil (T800 took almost 4 litres to reach the upper level mark) and after another ~400kms the oil thru the sight glass on the T800 is dark compared to the wee strom which is a light honey colour. Perhaps the sight glass on teh T800 is tinted or darker or something, not sure. Might have to have a good look
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Old 06-09-2011, 06:37 AM   #19
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Cheers Cariboo- did you see the oil from the first change or did you get the first service done at the dealer?
First change done by dealer at ~450km, didn't get a chance to see it.
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Old 06-09-2011, 06:47 AM   #20
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Synthetic.......

I'm suprised the Manual calls for Synthetic from Day 1. I have always heard "break-in should be done with Dino oil, after 2,000 miles or so, switch to Synthetic" ??? (to allow the rings to seat properly)
Note: I don't own a Trump, just axing the question.
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Old 06-09-2011, 08:30 AM   #21
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Rapidly coming up to my 500 mile oil change... What are you guys using in Tiger 800s or any Triumph triples? Castrol synthetic?

I got a whole lot of 10/50 synthetic BMW oil left over which I will gladly use in the Tiger.......should be just fine...
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Old 01-14-2012, 03:18 AM   #22
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I'm suprised the Manual calls for Synthetic from Day 1. I have always heard "break-in should be done with Dino oil, after 2,000 miles or so, switch to Synthetic" ??? (to allow the rings to seat properly)
Note: I don't own a Trump, just axing the question.

The manual does not call for synthetic.

There is no point at all in using full synth in this tiger engine , semi is fine
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Old 04-01-2012, 06:18 PM   #23
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2012 Owner's Handbook, Tiger 800, page 80:

"Fill the engine with a 10W/40 or 10W/50 semi or fully synthetic motorcyle engine oil that meets spcification API SH (or higher) AND JASA MH such as Castrol Power 1 Racing 4T 10W-40 (fully synthetic)."

I'm experiencing high-effort shifting with my 800 Roadie, suspect that the dealer may have used a semi or even non-synthetic at the 600 mile service. I will be replacing whatever is in my engine with a motorcycle-specific fully synthetic oil this week.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:15 AM   #24
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I'm suprised the Manual calls for Synthetic from Day 1. I have always heard "break-in should be done with Dino oil, after 2,000 miles or so, switch to Synthetic" ??? (to allow the rings to seat properly)
Note: I don't own a Trump, just axing the question.
Many companies are shipping high performance cars and bike with fully synthetic from the factory. Experiments have shown that the "break-in with dino oil" line of thinking was just a myth. The rings seat just fine and synthetic oil reduces wear. Reduced wear is a good thing at every point in an engine's life. High performance engine builders will also mostly tell you to break it in exactly like you plan on using it. Run it like you stole it from day one. Performance will increase as it breaks in and you aren't going to hurt it.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:32 AM   #25
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I am using Castrol Power RS 10W50 (full synth) and my shifter is "snick snick" smooth.
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:59 AM   #26
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Amsoil! Oh so smooth. Best oil IMO!!
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Old 08-24-2012, 10:32 AM   #27
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Amsoil! Oh so smooth. Best oil IMO!!
I'm just getting ready to do the second oil change (3000 mi) on my 800, and plan to use Amsoil 10W 40... are you still happy with your choice?
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Old 08-24-2012, 01:44 PM   #28
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First change at 300 - Maxima 10-40 semi-synthetic.
Just did the second - 2200 miles - Amsoil 10-40 synthetic motorcyle oil.

It did smooth out the shifting. Otherwise no difference. I'm just an amsoil fanatic - run it in every vehicle I own...I've got a mini-fleet.

The maxima wasn't that dirty, but once all drained out it was pretty opaque so I was glad to change it.

I'm just not gettting the fuel economy though. But then I ride it like a striped-assed ape.
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Old 08-24-2012, 07:06 PM   #29
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Tiger 800 oil

I use Amsoil 20-50 in all my bikes. 10-50 or 20-50 not much difference. It's good stuff.

Cheers, Moe
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Old 08-28-2012, 06:59 AM   #30
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Oil threads are like train wrecks...

My dealer, Brian, at D&D Import Cycles in Norfolk, VA (GREAT guy/dealer) told me Triumph had supply problems with Mobil 1 and this is the reason they switched to Castrol. He also told me he has seen Speed Triples where the rings did not seat following Triumph's recommendation to switch to full synthetic at the first oil change and so he recommends not switching to full synthetic until the second oil change to ensure proper seating of the rings. Bottom line: It won't hurt to continue using semi synthetic indefinitely, but it could hurt to switch to synthetic too soon. For some reason the T-800's darken the oil very quickly and maybe someone here can explain likely reasons. My XC's four quarts turn as dark in 250 miles as my DR650's two quarts turn in 500 (estimated, but you get the idea). Higher operating temps???
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