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Dino 14 77.78%
Synth 3 16.67%
Change oil? 1 5.56%
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post #1 of 24 Old 08-01-2010, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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What oil is the popular vote?

My bike just turned past 6500 miles and I was wondering what type of oil people were using. I have been sticking with a patroleum base so far, has anyone switched to a synthetic and if so which brand and type and how is it working for you? Breck

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post #2 of 24 Old 08-01-2010, 10:24 AM
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I am using dino oil (Castrol 10w-40) now but have considered switching to synthetic.

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post #3 of 24 Old 08-01-2010, 10:24 AM
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Breck,
I hope you don't mind, but I added a poll to your question.. Easier to keep track and easier to see the winner..

I run Shell Rotella (or equivelent) 15w-40 dino oil in all my bikes. Around $10 a gallon and it's a proven perfomer in motorcycle applications.
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Thanks Paper, Do you but the Rotella from an auto parts store?

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Thanks Paper, Do you but the Rotella from an auto parts store?
I buy Rotella at Walmart.

I should add to this...

Rotella is "designed" as a diesel engine oil. I've been running it for 10 years on a recommendation from a forum I've long since forgotten..

Anyway, it's a very available oil at any time of the day.. Most places that carry oil will have it, and I don't think I've been to a truck stop that doesn't have it on hand, too. That's one of my favorite things about Rotella, Delo 400, or even Walmart's 15w-40 diesel oil (green label)... My 2002 KLR sips a bit of oil, and I often take it on longer trips.. 1400 miles over 4th of July weekend this year had me 400 miles from home and in need of a top off on a Sunday. Wandered into Walmart in Bayfield, WI, grabbed a quart of Rotella and a Gatorade.. Tossed 1/3 of a quart in the KLR, slugged down the drink, and off I went.

Try to find a motorcycle specific oil, or any other fancy oil (Amsoil, for example) in the middle of no where on a Sunday.. And what day do I ride the most?? Sunday..

Truthfully, just changing oil is WAY more important than what oil you're running. I'd guess the KLR would run fine on Olive Oil, as long as you change it on a regular basis..

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Being of the thrifty mind myself and liking to be in the middle of no where Rotella sounds like a solid front runner so far. I will check my local wally world today!! At ten bux a gallon ya cant ask for much more. And I agree with you on the change it often and it wont really matter what cha put in her!!

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At ten bux a gallon ya cant ask for much more. And I agree with you on the change it often and it wont really matter what cha put in her!!
My local WallyWorld has it at $11 a gallon, but Chevron Delo 400 is only $8.50, and Walmart's own brand is $9.50.. (which I've been told is Shell Rotella).

For some reason, I've seen Rotella at anywhere from $10 to $13.50, depending on where in the country I'm at and the current price of oil.

As a side note, Goldwings are picky about oil when it comes to shifting. My 1500 liked Rotella and didn't like Delo 400, and my current 1800 is the same. My KLR doesn't care, though..
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post #8 of 24 Old 08-01-2010, 12:12 PM
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Sorry if this sounds like I own Shell Stock... I don't have anything to do with the product or the company..
I just finished mowing lawn and I'm cooling down in front of the computer..

Anyway, here's some interesting reading..

http://www.shellusserver.com/ubbthre...er=310&page=24

http://www.calsci.com/motorcycleinfo/Consumables.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shell_Rotella_T

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=165074
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I've been using Rotella for a while now. WISH I could get it that cheap, though.




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I use a diesel spec'd 15-40 dino engine oil. I lean towards Mobil Delvac 1300 Super 15W-40. Another oil that can be picked up at most Wal Mart's for under 10 bucks a gallon.

Otherwise, any of the diesel spec'd oils work for me. I am more concerned with frequency of the oil change than marketing hype of the oil itself.
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