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Old 05-13-2011, 09:50 PM   #1
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Thumb Triumph oil? For Tiger 800...

Rapidly coming up to my 500 mile oil change... What are you guys using in Tiger 800s or any Triumph triples? Castrol synthetic?
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:47 AM   #2
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Mobil Racing 4T Syn 10-W40 is what service manaul recommends for Tiger 1050.
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Old 05-14-2011, 09:11 PM   #3
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Castrol

Triumph has a deal with Castrol, there's a sticker by the oil plug, at least there was on the XC I saw. Rod
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:37 AM   #4
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AMS 10-40 for mine. Let the oil wars begin !!
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Old 05-15-2011, 11:47 AM   #5
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Just put somthing in it. Probably wont own it long enough for motor to fail due to poor lubrication

Rotella somthin or other synthetic.
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Old 05-16-2011, 04:53 PM   #6
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Triumph used to have a deal with Mobil 1, now they have a deal with Castrol. I guess Castrol pays more $ for the name drop.

However, the owner's manual makes it real simple and non-brand-specific:

"Semi or fully synthetic 10W/40 or 10W/50 motorcycle engine oil which meets specification API SH (or higher) and JASO MA."

The emphasis exists in the original text. They then go on to name-drop the Castrol Power 1 Racing 4T but the Mobil 1 Racing 4T works just as well.

So either of those two or any other oil of the specified weight which meets those specs will do just fine.
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Old 05-16-2011, 06:21 PM   #7
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Rotella 5w40 syn
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Old 05-19-2011, 08:45 PM   #8
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rottela 5w40 for my tiger 955i,it comes in a 4 litre jug,perfect amount of oil with filter change and half price of the 4t synth
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Old 05-20-2011, 07:14 PM   #9
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Thumb Shell Rotella 5w40 synthetic

Shell Rotella 5W40 syn will get you a few more mpg.
I run it in my Tiger 1050 and have perfect performance. 23,800 miles, no consumption and easy starting in the cold weather.
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Old 05-23-2011, 12:39 PM   #10
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Manual doesn't specify how much? 4 qts? 3? 15?
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Old 05-23-2011, 12:56 PM   #11
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It holds just shy of 4 quarts with a filter change.

I changed out the original oil at about 100 miles with Rotella non-syn to finish breaking it in. I'll run this for 1500-2000 miles, then start running 10w-40 Motorex fully synthetic. Great oil. On my Bandit 1200 and my XR650L, I was really suprised when I went from Mobil 1 to Motorex... could easily tell a difference in shifting and actually had to turn the idle down just a bit on both bikes after making the switch.
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Old 05-23-2011, 06:46 PM   #12
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Manual doesn't specify how much? 4 qts? 3? 15?
Manual does specify how much, 3.6L on an oil/filter change. Page 120. You're welcome.
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Old 05-24-2011, 06:25 AM   #13
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Spectro Platinum Full Syn. 10W-40

I use Mobil1 Full Syn 10W-40 in my R1. The Spectro is arguably better, and it's only $10/liter vs. $12/qt.

Use what you want, change it properly, and you're OK. Triumph specs a 6,000 mile oil change interval, which is likely why they spec semi or full synthetic. I'll probably change it much sooner as 6,000 miles is a very busy season for the cold of IA.
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Old 05-24-2011, 10:37 AM   #14
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Manual does specify how much, 3.6L on an oil/filter change. Page 120. You're welcome.
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Old 06-08-2011, 08:47 PM   #15
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Oil condition at first change

Anyone care to share their observations on the state of the oil drained at the first change? I have just changed the oil and filter after 380 miles, and it was darker than I was expecting, and opaque with very fine dark particles.

Because of the early change I stuck with Castrol 10W 40 semi-synthetic, will be keeping an eye on the sight glass but will probably go full synthetic in a few hundred miles.
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