Cruizin Posted June 9, 2020 Share Posted June 9, 2020 Motorcycle oil discussion. For years and years, I've been using Shell Rotella T6 diesel oil in my bikes, my cars, my lawn mower, on my pancakes, and even as sex lube. Ok, Im joking about one of those scenarios. But, when I get a brand new bike (rare for me) I usually use that brand's factory oil for the first year. When I bought my new 2011 Honda CRF 450R, I used Honda Pro HP4 , which is actually really freaking good oil, comes with moly in it. If you ever find Pro HP 4 for cheap, snag as much as you can and just use it. Great oil. When I bought my brand new 2015 Orange FZ09 , I ran regular Yama lube 10/40 General purpose for the first 800 miles and then switched over to Yama lube Semi Synthetic.. Semi Synthetic is just as good as full synthetic oil, in my book and usually a bit cheaper. In fact, if you find any Yamalube Semi synthetic, snag up as much as you can and run it. But as soon as that one year warranty period ends, I usually turn to the cheap liquid gold, Shell Rotella T-6 . It has been used by riders for many many years. And if ya look at Walmart, it's cheap. Why is it cheap? Because it's mass produced for semi trucks, and also because so many of us old timer ADV riders buy it up off the shelves. It's been trusty for me and up until my last bike, I had no issues. But on my KTM 250 Two Stroke, it started making my shifts feel kind of notchy. It just wouldn't shift right, and I ended up switching back to Motul, the expensive shet here in the USA and the notchy shifting went away. So, I am going to stick with Yamalube this first year, and try to find some Yamalube Semi synthetic cheap, but thats getting harder and harder to find cheap anymore. But honestly, you can use most any oil you want, as long as it is SG/JASO MA rated. The frequency of oil and filter change is more important than brand of oil. Back in the 70's and 80's, there wasn't any motorcycle specific oil. We were putting straight 30 weight car oil in our bikes and it worked ok, our engines lasted, we just changed oil a lil more often then we do now. 1 The MT-07 forum The Tracer 900 Forum The MT-10 Forum Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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