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post #1 of 13 Old 03-13-2012, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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I'm new here. Just bought a new 2011 KLR. Once it's broken in, what's the deal on motor oil? Is synthetic ok or should it be avoided? I see some riders use Rotella. Is that the Rotella T used in diesel engines?
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post #2 of 13 Old 03-13-2012, 09:02 PM
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I run motul 10w40 300v fully synthetic and the bike runs great on it. Doesn't burn a drop of oil.


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Is that the Rotella T used in diesel engines?
Yes.. 15W-40 Rotella T is very often used.. Some have gone the Synthetic Rotella direction..

Truthfully, as long as you not using an energy saving oil, most oils will work just fine.. The big thing is to change it, rather than worry about what you're putting in the bike.

I'm one of the Rotella T users.. I not only am happy with the engine performance, but I also like the way the bike shifts with Rotella.. And since it's an excellent heavy duty oil, I use it in all my bikes.. I've also used Chevron 15W-40 and also have happily used Walmart's Supertech 15W-40 diesel engine oil..

Again, the big thing to remember is to just change it.
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First post an oil thread...
Catholic or protestant? Jew or muslim?
Lots of people using lots of stuff with great success, yet everyone's is the one true oil.

Me, Amsoil, I'm a dealer. In a pinch or on the road, I'll use whatever says motorcycle next to numbers that are close to the ones I want.
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lol. good call. thats what i was thinking. oh, and what tires should i put on? Jk. peace.

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Rotella. I like it.




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Truthfully, as long as you not using an energy saving oil, most oils will work just fine.
I know of no official caveat from Kawasaki against using "energy-conserving," or even "friction-modifying" oils.

The urban legend persists, "You'll RUIN your clutch!", by using such lubricants, but . . . don't know of any actual cases of such catastrophe.

Kawasaki's guidance, Owner's and Service Manuals, is pretty broad: Some API service codes, and some ambient temperature-based viscosity recommendations. No cautions against "energy-conserving" or "friction-modifying" lubricants I'm aware of.

From '07 Owner's Manual:

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Premium synthetic motor oils, like Mobil 1, have copious quantities of zinc compounds; themselves, "friction modifiers." Wouldn't run, screaming, from the room myself from Mobil 1; YMMV!

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The urban legend persists, "You'll RUIN your clutch!", by using such lubricants, but . . . don't know of any actual cases of such catastrophe.
Neither do I, but I also don't know, or even heard of anyone who's actually run 0w-20 in their KLR.. The lightest I've ever run is 10w-40, and I didn't like the way it shifted..
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Premium synthetic motor oils, like Mobil 1, have copious quantities of zinc compounds; themselves, "friction modifiers." Wouldn't run, screaming, from the room myself from Mobil 1; YMMV!

Not sure why I'm responding to an oil thread...

Zinc is an anti-wear additive not a friction modifier. The Japanese Automotive Standards Organization (JASO) are the ones that came up with motorcycle specific ratings, MA or MB. You want to run a JASO MA oil in a KLR or any bike with a wet clutch. The ratings are on the back of the container. Rotella T 15-40 is JASO MA rated.

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Not sure why I'm responding to an oil thread...
You can't help yourself, none of us can, it's why all oil threads are destined to end poorly.

You know, there are whole forums whose sole purpose is oil threads... Here, have fun: http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php

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