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View Poll Results: Rotella T, Synthetic, or Standard Motorcycle oil
Rotella T 12 30.77%
Synthetic 18 46.15%
Standard Motorcycle oil 9 23.08%
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Old 01-25-2008, 12:33 PM   #1
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To run Rotella T or not to run Rotella T, that is the question...

I am about to change the oil in my bike (again) because the quaker state 4 stroke oil I used last time seems to be causing hard shifts and my little SV does not seem as happy since that last oil change.
I'm curious to see how many of you prefer Rotella T, a synthetic, or just normal motorcycle oil.
Thanks, in advance, for the input!
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Old 01-25-2008, 12:35 PM   #2
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i ran regular rotella 15-40 in my rc51 and sv. Did just fine. shifted great and was really cheap.
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Old 01-25-2008, 12:35 PM   #3
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I used the shwag stuff(reg oil) in my SV and just changed it very often(b/c of track days).
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rotella is great for the price. i used to run it in my 250 and changed it every 1500. never had any problems with it.
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Old 01-25-2008, 12:43 PM   #5
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I am about to change the oil in my bike (again) because the quaker state 4 stroke oil I used last time seems to be causing hard shifts and my little SV does not seem as happy since that last oil change.
I'm curious to see how many of you prefer Rotella T, a synthetic, or just normal motorcycle oil.
Thanks, in advance, for the input!
i would not suggest synthetic unless you have over 10k miles. by "motorcycle" oil, i'm not sure what you mean. companies market their oil as "motorcycle" so you will pay more, but its the same as car oil. just don't get any special additives like extended mileage or like that. i believe the effect of some of those additives is a slipping clutch... IIRC
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Old 01-25-2008, 12:44 PM   #6
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Well, a guy I work with gave me that 4 stroke mcyl quaker state oil and it just seems horrible. Anyone had any problems with this stuff before?
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Old 01-25-2008, 12:45 PM   #7
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I change my oil every 3k to 4k miles cuz I ride it every day. I guess I should change that policy soon...
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Old 01-25-2008, 12:51 PM   #8
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Full synthetic really seems to make a difference... you can feel it when you shift, its much smoother.

Of course, don't use full synthetic unless you're FULLY broken in and plan to ALWAYS use synthetic.
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My bike has a little over 9k on it, so I'm pretty sure it's safe to go to synthetic now, but is there a difference between mobil 1 for a car and mobil 1 for a bike? I've heard mixed reviews on whether it's just packaged differently or really is a different formula.
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Just wait for Patrick to chime in, he's got all the answers.

I think twins use a slightly different weight than fours do, if I'm not mistaken...
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REGULAR old oil...the key is to change it as necessary.
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motul.... from patrick; motorcycle oil, mineral based
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I use synthetic Rotella in my 636, and I don't have a single complaint, as are a lot of the guys on Kawiforums.
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MOTUL oil ftw!!!!! get it from patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited also.

i think there is a difference......especially because the oil in our engines also lubricate our transmissions.....but that's just my speculation.
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I RUN AMSOIL SYNTHETIC OIL AND I NEED TO CHANGE IT AGAIN. NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH IT ALTOUGH IS PRICIER THAN THE REST. HOWEVER, I THINK IS CHANGE FOR A CHANGE.
SO FOR THOSE WHO PONTIFICATE ON ANY PARTICULAR BRAND, HAVE YOU TRIED ALL THE OTHERS WHEN ARRIVING TO A FINAL CONCLUSION ABOUT QUALITY?
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I RUN AMSOIL SYNTHETIC OIL AND I NEED TO CHANGE IT AGAIN. NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH IT ALTOUGH IS PRICIER THAN THE REST. HOWEVER, I THINK IS CHANGE FOR A CHANGE.
SO FOR THOSE WHO PONTIFICATE ON ANY PARTICULAR BRAND, HAVE YOU TRIED ALL THE OTHERS WHEN ARRIVING TO A FINAL CONCLUSION ABOUT QUALITY?
AMSOIL FTW the only thing that is better is that Royal purple but that SH*T cost to much for me
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I disagree with running Rotella, here's my reasons why;

Rotella is designed to run in diesel engines, so it has detergents, anti-soot additives as well as some anti friction additives that can cause issues.

I know a lot of people that run it without issues, but because of the reasons listed above, I wouldn't, just my 2 cents.

As was already stated, a good quality motorcycle specific oil like Motul works well.
If your bike has over 6-8k miles on it, you can run a synthetic, but sometimes there's no clear cut advantage to doing so.

On your SV, because you run high mileage and because that bike tends to load it's rod bearings pretty well, I'd recommend a synthese like Motul 5100.

It'll improve your shifting and provides a good shear quality to help protect yuor bearings under a load.

My 2 cents, YMMV.
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NOW THAT THE BEST OIL CHOICE HAS BEEN DETERMINED BY PATRICK, WHAT OIL FILTER IS THE BEST TO USE ON GENERAL?
I'VE SEEN THE SCOOT OIL FILTER ADS THAT CLAIM THAT PARTICULAR FILTER ALLEGEDLY LASTS FOREVER REQUIRING ONLY CLEANING WITHIN CERTAIN TIME PERIODS, ANY ONE HAS INPUT ON THAT?
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patrick has spoken. IMO ignore the poll and go w/ what he says
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