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post #1 of 13 Old 09-02-2011, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Rotella synthetic oil

I take it from research done on this website and others that the Rotella synthetic oil is OK and CAN be used on the KLR. Thinking of making the switch, and as the saying goes; "measure twice, cut once." Any input appreciated. Thanks.
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Nothing wrong with Rotella synthetic if synthetic is what you want to use. Actually probably the best choice.
Personally I use Rotella dino-juice and it works just fine.

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Either Rotella is OK.

Truth be known, the synthetic Rotella is not synthetic. It begins with a petroleum base stock and gets highly refined, but it's still a dino oil.

I use either Rotella or Delo 400, depending on which is a buck cheaper at Kragen.

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Inconvenient truth; Rotella synthetic violates Kawasaki viscosity recommendation; 5 W is lower than any manual directs . . .



Rotella aficionados turn their heads, ignoring this disregard of factory doctrine . . .

Truth be told; I use Rotella synthetic myself, when affordable on sale . . .

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TRUE KLR riders are too cheap to even run actual Rotella.. I run Walmart's equivelent 15w-40 Diesel engine oil.. $10 a gallon.. Although I've found the Chevron stuff for the same price on occasion..

Actually, I run 15w-40 in all my bikes. Sometimes Rotella, sometimes the Chevron, and yes, even Walmart's Super Tec.

And without starting an oil war thread, just remember that the most important part of choosing an oil is that you actually CHANGE IT!!! The slickest oil in the world doesn't do much good when it's dirty.. Clean oil is where it's at!!!!
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Inconvenient truth; Rotella synthetic violates Kawasaki viscosity recommendation; 5 W is lower than any manual directs . . .

I wouldn't worry about the 5W at all. I would be more concerned about the second number and thus would not use 5W-20. The "5" is only an indication of cold starting viscosity. Actually the lower the better as it provides faster oil flow at colder temperatures. Not too many ride a bike at -20 so there is really no need to go to a 5W oil. I have however used a 0W-40 oil with no ill effects.

Kawasaki does say in the manual that "viscosity may need to be changed to accommodate conditions in your area".

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Inconvenient truth . . .
The truth is that the fluids that manufacturer's "recommend" for use in their vehicles are fluids that they have actually tested in their vehicles and have been satisfied with the results.

Fluids that don't fall within the "recommended" catagory more often than not are fluids that were never tested, so the manufacturer has gathered no empirical evidence to their suitability or unsuitability.

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Thanks everyone for your input. I do believe that I will change over to the Rotella (due to easy availability across the U.S.) on my next oil change.
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It's a great oil product, and the fact that it's available at every truck stop is a good thing, too..
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The truth is that the fluids that manufacturer's "recommend" for use in their vehicles are fluids that they have actually tested in their vehicles and have been satisfied with the results.

Fluids that don't fall within the "recommended" catagory more often than not are fluids that were never tested, so the manufacturer has gathered no empirical evidence to their suitability or unsuitability.
Maybe so, Some Mook, but . . . I'm intrigued by those who cling to SOME admonitions in the manual as gospel, or dogma, fearing warranty voiding, and maybe worse, from failure to follow obediently the factory guidance. In this case, we give the "W" viscosity a pass.

Then, folklore and mythology play a role; although I'm unaware of any Kawasaki caution (or, kaution), some run, screaming, from the thought of "friction modifying" or "energy conserving" lubricants . . .

Within recommended viscosities and API service codes, I think there's little to fear--ZINC compounds, abundantly present in premium oils (e.g., Mobil 1), are "friction modifiers," for goodness' sake . . .

(I've already confessed to using 5W-40 Rotella synthetic, myself!)
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