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Twins Technical Talk Technical Talk for Hinckley Triumph Twins: Bonneville, T100, Speedmaster, America, Thruxton, and Scrambler.

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Old 11-08-2012, 02:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Oil change for Bonnie!

Hello, folks...greetings from the Midwest! After getting my over $100.00 estimate for my 2011 Bonnie's first oil change, I've decided to try to do it myself. Any suggestions on type of oil/filter, and where to get them? Much appreciated...

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Old 11-08-2012, 03:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Personally, I use the Shell Rotella T6 5W40 fully synthetic oil from Wal-Mart at $21 a gallon.
I put on the K&N-204 filter last time but I think I will try another brand next time as I hear K&N are not good enough.
I do all my own maintenance, as warranties and I have never gotten along.
They always find some small print reason to not cover it.
They hold all the cards.
My advise, do it yourself, no one will treat your bike better than you.
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Where is your info from on the K&N ?

Their filters have been top rated for years. Mobil 1 is a K &N without the weld nut. A little pricy but why would skimp on such an important component ?


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I use Mobil 1 V-Twin 20w-50 and a Purolator Pl-14612 filter. The whole thing costs me anywhere from $38 - $46. Depends on if I can find the oil on sale.

Here is a site that explains the different types of oil pretty good.

http://www.calsci.com/motorcycleinfo/Oils1.html
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Where is your info from on the K&N ?

Their filters have been top rated for years. Mobil 1 is a K &N without the weld nut. A little pricy but why would skimp on such an important component ?
I got my information from this page. Same site as the oil link above.

Scroll down to the "Spin on oil filter" section, table number 5.
The K&N-204 are in the "not recommended" section.
Although I'm sure K&N are great filters, according to the web page, there are better and cheaper.
I am currently using the K&N, because it was readily available, I will try one of the 2.5" "recommended" types just to see for myself next time I change the oil.
I can't use the 3.25" filters as they hang too low on my bike and I won't be able to put my skid plate back on.

As with most information on the internet, please take this with a grain of salt.
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Agree with your last statement.
But I have little faith in someone who does not even know that a Mobil 1 filter is nothing more than a K&N painted black and sans the nut.


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Old 11-08-2012, 06:47 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Matthew - attached is a link to filters that will fit Triumphs. I just changed the oil on my speedmaster and installed a BOSCH 3300. Just make sure your oil light goes off right after startup and check under your bike for any leaks around the filter. I was able to pick up the filter and oil (Castroil 10w-40 RS 4T Synthetic Racing Oil) at the local autoparts store. Get youself a filter socket (I believe size F) which will help getting the factory filter off.



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Per my impartial and independent mechanic, k&n oil filters are inferior to triumph oem filters. Also, you shouldn't use full synthetic oil. While some people report using it with no problems, there have been many reports of it causing clutch slippage and causing damage as a result. That was also confirmed by my mechanic. Best bet is to just use what triumph recommends. As for changing it yourself, it's pretty simple and can save you a few bucks... I did mine on my lunch break from work...


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Hello, folks...greetings from the Midwest! After getting my over $100.00 estimate for my 2011 Bonnie's first oil change, I've decided to try to do it myself. Any suggestions on type of oil/filter, and where to get them? Much appreciated...

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