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Old 02-22-2006, 11:52 AM   #1
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Question Engine Oil Preferences

A quick search through the forum archives didn't reveal a lot of info on riders' engine oil preferences. I know that KTM recommends Motorex Synthetic ( could they possibly have a proprietary interest in the brand?) & my dealer also recommends the same. But the $12/liter price tag is a bit staggering. Since I have used Mobil 1 in my BMW oilhead, Ducati, & Honda for years with no obvious adverse effects, I am inclined to continue the practice in the 950. And, admittedly, I subscribe to the dictum that it is more important to change your engine oil/filter regularly than the brand of synthetic oil. I do understand, however, the argument in favor of motorcycle-specific oils with specific additives. What are the thoughts of those of you who have had a long relationship with your 950?

As usual, thanks for your patient indulgence.

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Old 02-22-2006, 12:12 PM   #2
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Valvoline dino - @ the proper viscosity.

Now I've gotten 5 - 5qt containers of Mobil 1 from my neighbor who sold his Powersmoke diesel and had it laying around so I'll use that up but usually.....valvoline.
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Old 02-22-2006, 12:29 PM   #3
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I use the Kawasaki Synth--no real reason, I used to get a good deal on it and I just keep using it. I have thought about trying Motul or Amsoil too.

In other bike I have used the Mobil 1 red cap and it never let me down.
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Old 02-22-2006, 12:58 PM   #4
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You might want to read through this.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=60533
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Old 02-22-2006, 07:30 PM   #5
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You might want to read through this.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=60533
Mort... Thanks for the thead. It confirmed my assumption that there are as many differnent opinions on engine oil as there are engine oils.
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Old 05-10-2006, 11:17 PM   #6
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Let's try connecting clutch-drag with oil brand used!!

I have clutch drag problems, was using Shell Advance semisynthetic 10-40 and now use the same fully synthetic, with no signifficant difference in clutch dragging! How about you??
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Old 10-19-2007, 07:51 AM   #7
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Just to add some fuel to the fire here.. hehe.. but I've ran Mobil 1 full synthetic 10w30 in my bikes and cars for years, its great stuff.

On a whim, I tried some of the Shell Rotella T dino oil in my 950SM at the last oilchange, b/c i had heard lots of great things about it [great oil, super cheap], and figured, why not.

The darn bikes shifts and runs easily 2-3x better than it did with the Mobil synthetic in it.

Apparently, the gearbox likes the heavy, thick dino oil better than the super slippery synthetic :)

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Old 10-19-2007, 08:03 AM   #8
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Rotella is cheap and bikes love it. Given how frequent oil chages are it's good stuff.

Personally I use Castrol Actevo 4T Full Synthetic in the engine and Honda GN4 80w85 in the trans - of my CRF. KTM.... not sure yet since I have yet to do the first oil change for breaking in.
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Old 10-19-2007, 08:09 AM   #9
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I only use the Motorex that KTM recommend. I see no reason to take any sort of risk to save a few quid (or US dollars, even if they are virtually worthless these days ).

Also, I may be happy in the future, when I have engine / transmission problems, because I can rule out oil as a cause.
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Old 10-19-2007, 08:30 AM   #10
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Just to add some fuel to the fire here.. hehe.. but I've ran Mobil 1 full synthetic 10w30 in my bikes and cars for years, its great stuff.

On a whim, I tried some of the Shell Rotella T dino oil in my 950SM at the last oilchange, b/c i had heard lots of great things about it [great oil, super cheap], and figured, why not.

The darn bikes shifts and runs easily 2-3x better than it did with the Mobil synthetic in it.

Apparently, the gearbox likes the heavy, thick dino oil better than the super slippery synthetic :)

Hope this helps!
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I have run dino 15w50w since day one on my 04. Love it. Tried synthetic once 10w40w Hated it! Glup on my front carb, and damaged air filter. This despite having an oil separator on my breather. It was a high speed cold trip which may have contributed. I still get cold clutch chatter when starting off.

$65AU for 20 Lt drum, and stainless filter. I use the same in a 2Lt turbo car @ 5,000 Km each.
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Old 10-19-2007, 09:17 AM   #12
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My bike runs Motrex although my KTM 450exc runs fine on Putoline DX4(cheapest Putoline oil).....when the warranty runs out i shall run the 950adv on Putoline DX4 i think.
I aint penny pinching,it just seems a good enough oil in my opinion.
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Old 10-19-2007, 10:14 AM   #13
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After using the stuff that the dealers were using/had on their shelves anything from Rock to Putoline (always 10w/50 fully synth) I tried Moterex that is recommended. What a load of shit. It was noisier and it drank it. Tried a Silkolene which was good but expensive, but have settled on Castrol R4 racing 10w/50. Smoother, quieter and burns less and £20 cheaper per can, result
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Old 10-19-2007, 10:16 AM   #14
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http://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/Oils1.html

Above link is a long read, but worth the time.
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Old 10-19-2007, 03:39 PM   #15
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I'm one up on ya CM, how's K-Mart Recycled Oil sound ?

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