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post #11 of 28 Old 08-31-2019, 07:10 PM
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not another oil thread. ok, i use amsoil. stop the presses. i use amsoil in every vehicle i own. stop the presses.
Same here, can't believe how much it reduced vibration. Didn't know oil could make that big of difference.

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post #12 of 28 Old 08-31-2019, 07:39 PM
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not another oil thread. ok, i use amsoil. stop the presses. i use amsoil in every vehicle i own. stop the presses.
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Same here, can't believe how much it reduced vibration. Didn't know oil could make that big of difference.
I'd really be interested to read a BSL oil analysis of the Amsoil from either or both of you with about 3000 miles on your chosen oil from your KLR's.
Here is my Oil analysis thread to post a sample, https://www.klrforum.com/klr-other-m...is-thread.html

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post #13 of 28 Old 08-31-2019, 08:42 PM
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All better men than I. Motorex ? Bel ray ? For a KLR ? Why not just run some champagne?

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Rotella is MA compliant last i checked.

Motorex is for my KTM cuz she is a little bitchy.

The KLR is my polish cleaning lady and she is just happy for a place in the garage and an occasional pat on the head.

Bel Ray Thumper for $7 a liter is hardly champagne.
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post #14 of 28 Old 09-01-2019, 10:30 PM
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As long as it is intended for "Motorcycles" and its 10w40 you're good to go (automotive oil can ruin your clutch, which i was always trained could happen, but never seen it myself)

Motorcycle oil is supposed to have a low Molybdenum content. Molybdenum can build up in the clutch over time. Molybdenum is a friction reducing compound. The fact that the clutch plates can absorb more and more over time is the concern.

quality partially determines frequency of changes.

I change my oil often so i use cheap oil
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post #15 of 28 Old 09-02-2019, 05:45 PM
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After shutting the bike off how long do you wait to check it?
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post #16 of 28 Old 09-03-2019, 10:12 AM
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After shutting the bike off how long do you wait to check it?
2 - 5 minutes is enough shut-down time, after an oil change or at the gas station for a quick check to be mid-window or above. Fully hot oil can drain back quite quickly.

But I strongly recommend that it be checked 1st thing of the day also.

The KLR high mounted oil filter mostly drains back into the sump over night and it is best to have a FULL sight window before 1st start of the day for most accurate indication. This is what confuses people. Automotive filters can't drain back.
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post #18 of 28 Old 09-03-2019, 10:56 AM
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My issue is first thing in the am barley shows then fire her up less than 1 minute let sit for 5 minutes WAY past full. Another 10-20 min lean her on kick stand to flow away from window still full
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You may need to hold the bike vertical for 1-2 minutes with cold oil to allow the cold oil to flow thru the bearings & passageways first thing in the AM.

You will get used to its habits, cold & hot. A window Full is a good thing!

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post #20 of 28 Old 09-03-2019, 03:30 PM
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(automotive oil can ruin your clutch, which i was always trained could happen, but never seen it myself)
Me either.

And I ran Castrol 20W-50 automotive oil in my old Nortons and Triumphs for years. I can hear the suspension "purists" squealling as I type this, but I have used and continue to use ATF in the front forks in all my bikes.

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