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Conventional motorcycle oil 139 22.53%
Synthetic blend motorcycle oil 83 13.45%
Full synthetic motorcycle oil 172 27.88%
Conventional auto oil 80 12.97%
Synthetic blend auto oil 23 3.73%
Full synthetic auto oil 74 11.99%
Other (!?) 46 7.46%
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post #26 of 59 (permalink) Old 5-25-2008, 12:11 PM
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Re: What Type of Oil Do You Use?

i use Silkolene oil... it's cheap and i heard that its one of the best for Kawasaki motorcycles

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post #27 of 59 (permalink) Old 5-27-2008, 12:06 AM
 
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Re: What Type of Oil Do You Use?

5w-40 Shell Rotella T Synthetic

Watch out for the regular Mobil 1- oils that have the 'energy conserving' starburst or those words in the rating circle don't get along with our wet clutches. 'energy conserving' refers to an additive.
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post #28 of 59 (permalink) Old 6-18-2008, 2:57 PM
 
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Re: What Type of Oil Do You Use?

I prefer to use Amsoil. I was sponsored by a dealer back in Cali or autocross and noticed a big difference in the 0-30 race oil, especially in service intervals. I would get 12K on the oil and a filter every 3 to 5. Service life on the oil was 25K or one year.

I was a dealer at one point and now am not but I will pay the money for the Amsoil for both my race car (99 Neon RT with a built motor) and the bike I get.
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Re: What Type of Oil Do You Use?

Rotella T Synthetic 5W-40W.

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Re: What Type of Oil Do You Use?

I have made the change to motorcycle specific oil, Spectro 10w-50. Shifts better than it ever has. I used to use Rotella T Syn 5w-40.


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Re: What Type of Oil Do You Use?

rotella syn. 5w40
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Re: What Type of Oil Do You Use?

Motul 5100 10 W 40.

Not for sport riding but for normal riding it's really ok.

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post #33 of 59 (permalink) Old 7-30-2008, 2:31 PM
 
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castrol gtx 20w-50 is this too heavy
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post #34 of 59 (permalink) Old 8-8-2008, 9:29 PM
 
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Isnt it bad to use rotella seeing as it is designed for low reving high powered diesel engines? Doesnt that strike anyone as odd?
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post #35 of 59 (permalink) Old 8-21-2008, 2:48 AM
 
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Re: What Type of Oil Do You Use?

Castrol GTX 10-W40. (If its engineered for smaller engines, it's gotta be right for my EX-500)
Been using it for years with no probs. While we're at it...........I also lube my chain with it every 2 weeks. If it can hadle the heat and friction of pistons in cylinders, chain plate on chain plate shouldnt be any problem at all!!
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post #36 of 59 (permalink) Old 9-6-2008, 1:50 AM
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AMSoil. In everything. My bike, wifes car, both trucks, my rock crawler, my bass boat, all three 4 wheelers, both mowers, both tillers, my weedeater, my chainsaw, my blower, etc. If it runs and is at my house, it has AMSoil in it. There is nothing better in my opinion.

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post #37 of 59 (permalink) Old 11-13-2008, 4:12 AM
 
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Re: What Type of Oil Do You Use?

whats best for hot weather?
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What is hot?

I'm looking at the manual right now pg 18-6.
10w-40 is recommended. However operations over 100 F show 20w-50 for above 32F and 10w-50 down to 14 F.


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post #39 of 59 (permalink) Old 11-28-2008, 11:11 PM
 
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Re: What Type of Oil Do You Use?

Honda Gn-4 non synthetic in both the 919 and the Ninja 500.
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post #40 of 59 (permalink) Old 1-16-2009, 4:04 AM
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Re: What Type of Oil Do You Use?

currently on a semi-synthetic as I'm "rinsing" out the engine.
will ditch that by spring for MOTUL 300V 4T 10W40 or Silkolene Pro4 10W40 4T.
Both are Ester fully synthetic's.

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i've noticed the ester oils tend to be less noisy on start up. The properties of the oil mean there is more left around the vital parts of the engine. You notice this most on older cars with hydraulic lifters as they either don't tap at all or its for about half a second as opposed to about 5 seconds for a non ester.
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Mobile1 full synthetic is the way i go in everything havent tried amsoil but i hear its better dont know and i change my oil and filter at 2500 miles but usually 2000 miles i tend not to have time to ride my bikes as often as I drive my car

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Re: What Type of Oil Do You Use?

I use Gastrol GTX 20w50 in the Ninja.

In the CBR and VFR I use Rotella T 5w40.

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I use Castrol synthetic blend motorcycle oil.

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Amsoil 10w 40, at 10k service intervals = saved time and money
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Rotella T6 full synth.
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Rotella T 15w-40
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Re: What Type of Oil Do You Use?

I run Castrol 4T 20w-50 in the summer and Castrol 4T 10w-40 in the winter. I watch the color of the oil and the changes vary but I would say i am averaging about 4k per oil change. I change the oil filter everytime.

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I have used lots of different oils over the years, and most likely wasted a lot of money. My oil of choice for all my bikes has been Castrol GTX 20w50 car oil for many years now, changed often. No problems.

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From brand new and through the entire life of the bike.
Always have used Spectro4 non-synthetic 10w-40.
At over 95,000 miles on the bike, still does not burn any oil.

2006 Ninja500R Purchased new July 2006; 0 miles. Miles as of January 2020; 108,827 . It's a GO bike, not a SHOW bike.
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