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Old 11-24-2012, 04:24 AM   #1
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Question Yep I'm gonna ask it....what oils do you like and run in your thumpers?

Everybody loves talking about oils right? So I thought I'd get some opinions on what my fellow thumper riders are using oil-wise. I run Mobil 4T Racing full syn in my street bikes, but I just noticed that Valvoline makes a full syn 4T bike oil as well, and its a buck cheaper than the Mobil. I've heard good things about the Valvoline, so I'm going to try it in my air-cooled thumper.

Just curious what experiences you've had with this or other oils in your bikes
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Old 11-24-2012, 04:50 AM   #2
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Old 11-24-2012, 05:10 AM   #3
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Old 11-24-2012, 05:31 AM   #4
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Old 11-24-2012, 05:37 AM   #5
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My KLR recently turned over 40K. I've never run anything motorcycle specific/JASO approved, and she is still thumping along just fine. Run either M1 15w50 or Mobil Delvac 15w40.
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Old 11-24-2012, 05:41 AM   #6
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this might tell my age/experience here at advrider but just search for it. there is a ton of info on this subject.

IMO i would not be trying to save a dollar.on oil. Now I will say that the motorex stuff is way over priced. 30 dollars for 2 quarts of oil? I'll pass.
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Old 11-24-2012, 05:51 AM   #7
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Old 11-24-2012, 06:59 AM   #8
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:06 AM   #9
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Went from Rotella T to Delo 400E because it's cheaper at Costco. With 3 bikes thats a decider for me. Both good oils. I change often.
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:08 AM   #10
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Hey, it's a KLR!

No, seriously, Rotella.
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Old 11-24-2012, 07:09 AM   #11
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Rotella T here as well!!

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Old 11-24-2012, 07:26 AM   #12
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For the price, how could I not ?
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:09 AM   #13
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in my bmw f650gs i like regular yamalube for 5 bucks a quart. seems to run the quietest with it. my clutch doesnt like synthetic oils.
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:53 PM   #14
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I've run Amsoil in everything I own for years. The difference in engine sound when I switched from Mobil 1 was substantial. It's not the most expensive oil (~ $8 per qt), but it's far from the cheapest. I really do think it lasts a bit longer before needing changed compared to other oils, but many folks will disagree.

I may make the switch to Rotella T next year though, 8 oil changes a year gets a bit pricey.
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Old 11-24-2012, 01:24 PM   #15
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I run Rotella synthetic in my boat but I wasn't happy with it in the LC4. Shifting got notchy as soon as I used it. It blew my mind that oil could make a difference in shifter feel. It never has on any other bike I have ever owned when I ran Rotella.

But the difference between Rotella synthetic and the Mobil1 that had been in it was obvious as soon as I rode the bike. Then switching the Rotella out for Motorex was quite distinct. So I will bite the bullet and feed my LC4E the expensive oil.
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