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post #1 of 14 Old 05-21-2009, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
 
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Question Mobil One in KLR?

Just getting around to trying synthetic oil in my '06 KLR650. It has @ 7500 miles on it and I got it late last summer. Thought I'd give Mobil One a try. The only Mobil One 10-40W at the shop was the "High Mileage" version. The guy at the shop assured me it would be great for my relatively low mileage KLR tho. After checking the owners manual at home, I found that the oil types recommended were API SE, SF, SG, SH, and SJ w/ JASO MA(whatever that means!). The Mobil One "High Mileage" is listed as API SL/CF - which is/are not in the recommended list. So, can I use the Mobil One "High Mileage" or do I need to return it and find something that's on "the list"?

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It probably has a "low friction" additive which might lead to clutch slipping.
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It probably has a "low friction" additive which might lead to clutch slipping.
If you see this, put it in your car....

Or my car

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K.I.S.S. - oil choice

OK. Back to basics. Rather than take a chance with having additives in the synthetic -that "may cause clutch slipping" - I'm staying with godd old Castrol GTX 10-40. K.I.S.S.!

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JASO is a classification that is approved for wet clutches. If it doesn't say JASO on the bottle, walk away. Be safe.
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OK. Back to basics. Rather than take a chance with having additives in the synthetic -that "may cause clutch slipping" - I'm staying with godd old Castrol GTX 10-40. K.I.S.S.!

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If it doesn't say 'energy conserving' go for it. FWIW I use M1 in my 4 bikes and my car, have for years.

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Diddo.............. If it doesn't say 'energy conserving' it's fine! I doubt the clutch on a KLR would ever slip! I personally run 15w50 in my '09 KLR. ( I'm running 10w40 Amsoil motorcycle oil in my CBR 1k and VFR, though.)
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Why take a chance?

Just get the bottle that says JASO approved and have peace of mind. KLR clutches have slipped and can slip.

If the label fails to mention "energy conserving" it does not mean it doesn't have these additives in it.

Oil manufacturers have different labeling policies and some are downright deceptive within the restraints of the law.

Other than spending hours studying data sheets from all of these manufacturers and just try and find half of them....(good luck)....you may be fine.... you may not.

Just get the oil from any manufacturer that you please that confirms JASO on it. No reason not to.

Someone mentioned Amsoil...... good stuff. Many use Rotella with good results. Not sure if that oil is labeled JASO or not, but if it isn't I'm sure that one is fine based on many many KLR's running it with no reported clutch slippage that I have heard of from multiple KLR sites. Not sure if Rotella is synthetic or not.... maybe they do both synthetic and petroleum based?
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A good amount of info here......

http://www.motorcycleanchor.com/moto...to/mc_oil.html

Gray-haired riders donít get that way from pure luck.

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Motorcycle oil

I always say, I wouldn't put motorcycle oil in my car, and I wouldn't put car oil in my bike. Motorcycle oil is engineered not only for wet clutches. It's also engineered for sharing a sump with the tranny. I always use Motul, however any good mc oil (10/40 like the manual says) should work well.
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