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I've been using automotive full synthetic oil in my motorcycles since it was invented. I've never noticed any clutch problems, even in my 145 hp VMax with 38,000 miles on it's clutch. I use synthetic instead of dyno oil because it smells better and can handle high heat better. I live in Las Vegas and it gets HOT out here. Sometimes, very rarely, I'll use full synthetic motorcycle oil but it costs 3 times as much and doesn't do anything any better than any other oil that I've used.

I use 40 weight oil. I don't care about the 5W, 10W or 20W part of the oils viscosity because that's the oil's weight at 32F (the freezing point of water) which we don't see here in Vegas very often. My car has an oil temperature gauge and at startup in the garage it's oil temperature is between 45F in the winter and 98F in the summer.

I never ride my bike until it's warmed up at least 2 minutes, even in the summer time, more in the winter. I never run it to high rpms untill at least 5 miles are on it. So the oil is never cold when I rev the engine. In my car I wait till the oil temperature is 175 or higher before I rev the engine but my current motorcycle (Ninja 500R) doesn't have an oil temperature gauge so I don't know what it's oil temperature is. I have had oil temperature gauges on other bikes and it takes 10 miles for the oil to reach maximum temperature (I don't remember what that temperature was but in my car it's 214F).
 
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sweet, looks like the rotella i use gets high marks... the stuff is relatively cheap also. i use the regular, not synthetic, but i do quite frequent maintenance
 

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I know all about this debate but honestly, motor oil is motor oil as long as you change it every 2-3k, you cant go wrong.

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Janinja said:
I know all about this debate but honestly, motor oil is motor oil as long as you change it every 2-3k, you cant go wrong.

Janinja
you're right. oil is oil as long as it's changed.

unless you don't need to change it, at which point you'd be tossing money down the drain... anyone interested in doing some OIl studies? I've got my Amsoil kit on the way!
 

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i've been using amsoil for years and really believe in the stuff. i hardcore dragraced for 5 years and amsoil made the difference. i'm using it in the ex now just changed to it. read this comparsion to help you make a choice. it all comes down to the ballbearing test and amsoil usually wins.

http://www.amsoil.com/lit/g2156.pdf

ps i'm not an amsoil dealer either, i just like the products!!!
 

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sweet, looks like the rotella i use gets high marks... the stuff is relatively cheap also. i use the regular, not synthetic, but i do quite frequent maintenance
I use the Shell Rotella-T as well. Not sure what that qualifies as in the poll - I guess automotive full syn right?
 
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Castrol 10w40. May try synthetic next year, but this has got me this far without any problems.
 

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what weight does the rotella come in and what do you use?
 
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I rock the R4 fully synthetic in my bike. With 40k miles it has really smoothed out the shifting and makes it run a little better/smoother.
 

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Castrol 10w40 may eventually go to synthetic
 

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right now I used valvoline motorcycle 10w 40 sometimes the trans feels a bit funky anyone else use it before?
 
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