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Old 02-21-2013, 12:45 PM   #1
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Question Motor Oil Preference?

I have used Shell Rotella, Castrol Power Ride Smart and Mobil 1 and so far Mobil 1 seems to be the best out of the 3 in my case, was having shifting issues on the S1000RR when i first got the bike but after switching to Mobil 1, the shifting issues are no longer there.

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the heavy, thick stuff, synthtic is too thin
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Honda conventional. It tastes great and it's less filling
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Honda conventional. It tastes great and it's less filling
For both bikes?
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For both bikes?
Amsoil synthetic
For the HD, Amsoil or HD syn because that's what was in it when I bought it
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Mobil 1 full syn for about 45k, until my last oil change, went with amsoil full syn.
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Mobil 1 full syn for about 45k, until my last oil change, went with amsoil full syn.
you feel any difference after the switch?
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Not from mobil to amsoil, well, I can't really say that. I had a valve adjustment, re-jet, amongst other things when the switch was made so I wouldn't have been able to tell anyway. I do add Militec1 about every 10k though, and when I put the first dose in there was a noticeable difference in the way the bike sounded (engine wise, valve clatter, clutch basket), the bike got noticeably quiter and seemed to respond a little quicker. (As to the response, it could be in my head, but I have impeccable hearing and it's not the first vehicle I've used it in).
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you feel any difference after the switch?
I am sure his wallet is a bit lighter going to Amsoil.

I do keep some mobile one around in case of emergencies, but have not noticed any effect mixing them, course it is not your typical high performance bike either.
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find a reasonably priced 15w50 has been hard for the T

1st oil change was w/ Agip 15w50 (Too $$$)
tried M1, but it was 20w50 for HDs
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just put in Redline 20w50, sounds fine so far, shifting is good, not too much clatter, but it's only been few hundred miles.
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I am sure his wallet is a bit lighter going to Amsoil.

I do keep some mobile one around in case of emergencies, but have not noticed any effect mixing them, course it is not your typical high performance bike either.
i have always used the same oil that manufacturer recommends on the service manual but last time i wanted to try something different and after doing some research went with Mobil 1, i wasnt expecting any difference but the smooth shifting was very noticeable after switching to Mobil 1.
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I liked how amsoil kept my temps low, but cannot tell "much" difference than when i put rotella in. im going to start mixing the two 1:3 or 50/50

Now for a related question: Do you change your filter every change? (My maintenence schedule suggests changing it every OTHER change)
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Depends on the bike. Around these parts, low temp pour point is less of an issue, which is one of the advantages of a good synthetic oil. Synthetic oil isn't necessarily thinner, it's viscosity curve is just "flatter" compared to conventional oil. It doesn't thin down as much at higher temps, and it doesn't thicken up as much at lower temps.

The Houston summer heat does present some concern, but mostly only for air-cooled engines, and even then only if the engine see a high load (heavy accel, high passenger/gear load, steep incline,etc.) Water-cooled engine temps are typically regulated very well, so little such concerns. Unless you completely disregard maintenance , of course. Then again, if you're that type, you wouldn't be nitpicking oils.

Some wet-clutch bikes are a bit sensitive on what oil you put in. As long as it's a quality motorcycle-specific oil, no harm will be done. Only problem might be shifting. My C14 is like that with non-synthetic oil. If so, just change it out on the next oil/filter job.

Oils these days are very good, synthetic or conventional. Personally, I buy whatever's on sale. Autozone ran a sale on Mobil 1 synthetic last year, I just about wiped clean the inventory of the 3 stores on my commute route.
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I liked how amsoil kept my temps low, but cannot tell "much" difference than when i put rotella in. im going to start mixing the two 1:3 or 50/50

Now for a related question: Do you change your filter every change? (My maintenence schedule suggests changing it every OTHER change)
evry other on the filter for me or as needed for my riding hard or what not
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I liked how amsoil kept my temps low, but cannot tell "much" difference than when i put rotella in. im going to start mixing the two 1:3 or 50/50

Now for a related question: Do you change your filter every change? (My maintenence schedule suggests changing it every OTHER change)
Yes i do because it is so easy and take less than 1 minute to remove it so why not?
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Depends on the bike. Around these parts, low temp pour point is less of an issue, which is one of the advantages of a good synthetic oil. Synthetic oil isn't necessarily thinner, it's viscosity curve is just "flatter" compared to conventional oil. It doesn't thin down as much at higher temps, and it doesn't thicken up as much at lower temps.

The Houston summer heat does present some concern, but mostly only for air-cooled engines, and even then only if the engine see a high load (heavy accel, high passenger/gear load, steep incline,etc.) Water-cooled engine temps are typically regulated very well, so little such concerns. Unless you completely disregard maintenance , of course. Then again, if you're that type, you wouldn't be nitpicking oils.

Some wet-clutch bikes are a bit sensitive on what oil you put in. As long as it's a quality motorcycle-specific oil, no harm will be done. Only problem might be shifting. My C14 is like that with non-synthetic oil. If so, just change it out on the next oil/filter job.

Oils these days are very good, synthetic or conventional. Personally, I buy whatever's on sale. Autozone ran a sale on Mobil 1 synthetic last year, I just about wiped clean the inventory of the 3 stores on my commute route.
My next oil change is coming up in a week or so so i am debating wether to stick with Mobil 1 which has worked great for me on the bmw or switch to a more expensive option such as Amsoil.

A few other BMW owners such as Eric and Jimmy are having shifting issues on their bikes just like i did when the motor was new but after 3000 miles and switching from Castrol to Mobil 1, i havent had any issues shifting up or down, i want to believe it was the oil that fixed the problem but also wondering if it was just the engine being broken in after 3000 miles so everything runs smoother
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Mobile 1 racing 4t or Amsoil full synthetic in anything with a wet slipper clutch like that bmw has.. For any non synthetic app i like repsol (not the full synthetic or the synthetic blend) repsol is high in detergent and cleaning agents which is ideal for offroad- poor conditions and it's cheap. My 2 cents
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