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Old 02-21-2013, 01:00 PM   #1
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Synthetic Oil In Southern Mexico???

Good afternoon gents

We are struggling to find Synthetic oil for Maya, will be needing it within the next few hundred km, we are in Pelanque at the mo heading towards Merida then Cancun.

We added 2.5 L of dinosaur oil when the oil pipe split so we have 3/4 clean oil in there anyway but we are due a change shortly and wouldn't mind putting in the good stuff.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 02-21-2013, 05:12 PM   #2
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You should be able to find most any engine oils in Villahermosa, not very far away.
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:16 PM   #3
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Autozone. There are 6 in Merida and 2 in Campeche. It wont have motorcycle specific synthetic but they have Mobil 1 and several other full synthetics. Any big city will have 5-10 bike shops that service little work bikes and 1 or 2 that service bigger sport bikes. The big bike shop will usually carry synthetic for motorcycles. Could be as much as 200 pesos/liter.

http://www.tiendasautozone.com/


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Old 02-21-2013, 07:42 PM   #4
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I used the Mobil 1 synth on more than a few occasions in Latin America on my LC8. I had read that it didn't have friction modifiers but was unsure about that. After using it there were no ill effects on the wet clutch that I could tell, so I guess it doesnt have friction modifiers.

I've also used synth diesel motor oil and that worked well too.

I also used dino moto oil on a couple of occasions but changed it out after a little more than 1000 miles. Didn't hurt the LC8 as far as I could tell. over 60,000 miles and still uses less than .2 liters per 10,000 kms.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:28 AM   #5
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As long as it's motorcycle oil you should be fine..The moto oil usually has a 4T on it but maybe not always.
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Old 02-22-2013, 03:58 PM   #6
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We can get heaps of dino oil 20 -50 4T, we are in Campeche now so will see what I can find.

Is it ok to keep using the like of Bardhal 20 -50 4T?, would rather do that and change it more often.

Remembering here gents we are very much cruzing so no punishing the bike as they were designed for.

What do you say Misery Goat and Crashmaster?
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:22 PM   #7
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I used mucho 20-50 for tons of miles south.

In Mex, they also offer a funny colored 'racing' oil.
I like that sht, too.

Villahermosa will have good supplies.
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You could run the dino, change it often, especially if you wind up heating up a lot in traffic. The good part is that an oil change on the SE is quick and easy, and 20-50 4T dino oil is available at just about every street corner moto shop. The longest I went on dino oil was about 7500 kms, and it was absolutely burnt to shit, but the bike was shifting poorly before that, so I knew the oil was breaking down. That LC8 does run hot normally, so the synth oil lasts longer IMO. I would change the dino out at about 2000-3000 kms and see how it looks/smells. I only ran dino oil a handful of times. The rest of the time I found full synth. You can always try the Mobil 1 car oil and run it for 7,500 kms without worry. Like I said, I used it several times without issue to the clutch, but that was a couple years ago, so the Mobil 1 may include friction modifiers now, I just dont know for sure.

Full synth moto specific oil in Latin America will run you about 20 bucks a liter, but its not that much less in the states either. The biggest difference that I noticed with dino oil, change interval notwithstanding, was that the bike did not shift as smoothly as it did with a good full synth oil. That LC8 has a buttery smooth gear box normally, so you will probably notice it not shifting up to par.
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Old 02-23-2013, 01:27 AM   #9
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In Mex, they also offer a funny colored 'racing' oil.
I like that sht, too.

Elf 'Racing?' IIRC its pink or some such shit? It works.
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You will find Castrol dino motorcycle oil 20w-50 even in some grocery stores.
Look for a Japanese bike dealership like Yamaha or Honda and you might find synthetic but it will hurt the wallet.

The easiest route is to a MotoMundo location as they normally stock synthetic oils. They don't sell a lot, but they stock it.

There are 3 MotoMundos in Merida, Yucatan.
http://www.motomundo.com/home/sucursales.asp

It is a fairly safe bet that among the 3 they will have enough of a synthetic brand and blend to see you through.

Let me know if you are coming back through Veracruz.
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Elf 'Racing?' IIRC its pink or some such shit? It works.
I 'think' it was Castrol...maybe Valvoline...

Yeah, a reddish, pinkish color. Just figured it must be 'the shit'.

Just keep oil in the bike, change it when it looks like it's going dirty, and have some spare filters along for the journey.
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We got it at Yamaha in Mexico. They have it at BMW in Guatemala City. Mario has it at Motorider in San Salvador. Sara
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That LC8 does run hot normally,
Yeah Maya sits at 4 bar at 90 km/hr plus, 4 - 5 bars 70 -79 ish, below that five bars pretty well continuously in the heat we are in.

Got to 6 bars once at 40 deg C in traffic
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Let me know if you are coming back through Veracruz.
Heya Mike, we were going to come over your way but we are now paying catch up trying to keep with the seasons for better traveling .... we maybe back yet but down the track, thanks for the invite.

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Just keep oil in the bike, change it when it looks like it's going dirty, and have some spare filters along for the journey.
Yeah I won't stress, if I can't get the spendie stuff we will get teh dino oil and change it at say 5 k instead of the 7500 k, good thing is then engine has good long runs so it is not stop start stuff.

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We got it at Yamaha in Mexico. They have it at BMW in Guatemala City. Mario has it at Motorider in San Salvador. Sara
Heya Sara, thanks dude, will see what we can find.
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You will find synthetic at the Yamaha dealership in Playa del Carmen (send me a PM if you are in Playa)

I am sure Yamaha or Honda will have it in Merida as well.
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