Grand Prix 500
Main Motorcycle: Triumph America
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: North Carolina
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I use a 10/30W. The reason being is for better fuel economy, quicker revs etc. Semi synthetic. The recommend oil for my bike is Mobil 1 but here in Australia for 4 litres it is $100.00. I can buy other brands for around $38.00 for five litres.
A thicker oil would be good in summer here in Australia (plus 48 degree Celsius, 118.4 degree Fahrenheit) but my bike seems to like the thinner oil but I suppose as it gets more and more km's (miles) on it the thicker oil would help with clearances. It only has 100,000km's (60,000miles so far) I really think it depends on how you ride(hard or just cruising) and what temperature you mostly ride in and condition of the bikes engine.
FWIW, you REALLY shouldn't use car oil in a motorcycle with a wet clutch. Having said that, do what you want...
I appreciate the input. Look, I understand this is a touchy subject & doNot want to pick a fight. I was just wondering if there really is a difference in the synthetic oils in terms of additive packages that justifies the expense of the JASCO rated vs. car oils.
I've used Mobil 1 15/50 (Non M/C specific) for more than 20,000 miles in my bike, and at 43,000 miles, the clutch is fine. There is a ton of info out there, so do some research, and make your own informed decision. Any oil that has Energy Conserving on the label should not be used in a wet clutch. I think M/C oils are a great way of separating the consumer from his money...
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