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« on: May 19, 2018, 07:13:06 PM »

I am just curious what brands of motor oil you folks prefer? I have heard the old saying that "it does not matter as long as it is changed often enough" and that "you get what you pay for". There are many choices and it may get confusing to some. I have been using Castrol for years and never had a lubrication related problem but I am open to opinions.
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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2018, 07:53:52 PM »

I am just curious what brands of motor oil you folks prefer?

Not suggesting it's the 'best' motor oil or anything... though your scooter may fall apart using anything else... but Yamalube is my choice. I often buy a case on Black Friday and/or July 4th weekend when heavily discounted by a local dealership.
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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2018, 07:57:46 PM »

LOL......funny response and your recommendation is noted. Thanks for your opinion.
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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2018, 09:10:45 PM »

   I read a few years back that some brands of oil marked 'racing' contained some slick additives that were banned from use in oils intended for roadway use but slicker additives may have been discovered by now and does that tad more slickness matter anyhow. I have used Mobil One full synthetic in the Kwang Yang since purchase mainly because when caught on sale there isn't much difference in cost from partial synthetics or conventional lately. Speaking of oil, does anyone know the statute of limitations for being prosecuted for using Mobil One motorcycle racing oil in street bikes, just curious?
   I purchased a 1979 Yamaha 750 triple in 1989, first few years I used Castrol, last 10 or so years it got store brand from various sources. I dumped the motorbike on a friend in 2006 for $250.00 more than I paid for it. Due to health issues he recently gave up riding and sold it a couple months ago. As the engine has yet to be opened damage from store brand oil is yet to be ascertained so I can't recommend using cheap oil.
   Bottom line, regardless of brand, I recommend everyone use the most advanced and expensive oil available so the person you sell the motorbike to can enjoy it as much as you did. It could be me.
   
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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2018, 10:34:56 PM »

In my BMW, I use BMW brand oil.  I use MOTUL in my Vespa.
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« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2018, 11:18:05 PM »

Thanks for sharing....
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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2018, 06:32:08 AM »

In the SYM I used cheap automotive oil (10W-50 if I remember correctly) and changed it every 1000 miles (1600km) because it only took a matter of a few minutes.

In the Piaggio I'm still using iRide which is Piaggio's brand.

Final analysis... I don't think the brand makes near as much difference as the maintenance schedule.
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« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2018, 01:36:23 PM »

I tend to like Rotella.   However Iím super anal and change my oil probably way to often on all the bikes.

On my little Bet & Win I would change it every 1,000 miles.   I got 50k (high speed mileage) on that little scoot before I gave her away.
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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2018, 12:33:51 AM »

I typically use what the manufacturer suggests and switch to synthetic at the first service. Yamalube for the Xmax and iRide for the 946. Honestly in over 7 digits of miles riding I have never ever had an oil issue. I tend to agree with others, follow your maintenance schedule closely and you should be good to go.
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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2018, 08:55:44 PM »

Oil, like politics and religion, is an area rife with
pitfalls for polite conversation.  I'm happy nobody
has gotten their dander up.

There is a major difference between the demands
of wet clutch/integrated crankcase/transmission
machines and the typical scooter setup.

Using a friction-modifier in most motorcycles can
totally trash the tranny.  I use a proprietary PTFE
(teflon) product called Tufoil that was recommended
to me by a 7th quarter aviation maintenance
instructor I admired and trusted.  That was well
over 30 years ago and the increased longevity
has proven itself in numerous applications.

I am so happy that at least one of my two-
wheelers (the mighty SWing, of course) can
take advantage of the "Slipperiest Substance
Known to Man" - Guinness Book of Records.

Someone said it though:  The specific oil is
not nearly as important as a policy of regularly
renewing the basic oil (not to mention keeping
a top grade filter installed and actually
CHECKING it every time you ride!)

Shear action of piston rings, dilution byproducts
from fuel and heat are the main culprits.  Pay
me now or pay me later.

If you don't have a strong background in lubricants,
plus a strong opinion backed up by personal experience,
you can't go wrong by sticking to your manufacturers
recommendations...



MCT oil works best for the
engine on this machine!

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« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2018, 12:24:00 AM »

Great advice from all and thanks for the tip on Tufoil.
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« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2018, 05:53:30 AM »

If you are trying to save money, a lot of people swear by using Rotella Diesel oil.
It has some of the additives that have been removed from regular car oil because of the catalytic converters.
Otherwise make sure to use SJ rated oil.
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