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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 11-13-2012, 05:15 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm using Shell Advance fully synthetic 4T. It meets all the specs, good price, no clutch slip and silky smooth gear changes.

Oh NOOO, this is turning into ANOTHER OIL THREAD !!!!
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:53 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Try Castrol Power One racing 4T 10w-40 Fully-synthetic sometime, feels great. It's also one of the recommended oils in the latest handbooks.
I just changed the oil in my 2012 Thunderbird with Castrol Power RS 4T (R4 Racing) Fully Synthetic 10W-40. Wow, it's really extra smooth shifting.


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Old 11-13-2012, 07:26 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I just changed the oil in my 2012 Thunderbird with Castrol Power RS 4T (R4 Racing) Fully Synthetic 10W-40. Wow, it's really extra smooth shifting.
I've noticed that as well. Apparently there's a performance bonus to be had. Castrol documents this on their site and there's other evidence from users as well. A cheap form of tuning, non-invasive, and gets you top class engine protection into the bargain...
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:36 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I wonder where I'll be able to find Castrol Power 4T for cheap.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:50 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Found it cheap on amazon:
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:29 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I do not understand why some guys will spend between 7-9 thousand dollars for their Triumph, then want to put in 5 dollar a quart oil. Yes, Mobil racing 4T synthetic is expensive. It also works great in the Bonneville. I use the Mobil 4t syn and a Triumph factory oil filter exclusively for my beloved Bonneville. On a side note, my carburator Bonneville also LOVES non ethanol gas. It is worth it to use both of those products in my bike.
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Old 11-13-2012, 03:19 PM   #17 (permalink)
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At least for Florida, I would think 5w-40 would be at the light end of the acceptable viscosity range for the bike. I run 15w-50 and shifting is very smooth with no clutch issues. In any case, I don't think a 5w-40 is going to make a clutch slip- there's more going on if that happens- but it could affect shifting smoothness.

Ain't going to mention brands, though.
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:03 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I've used Rotella T6 in several bikes, including my 2012 T100. I've not noticed any issues with shifting in any of the bikes, including Honda VTX 1800, Shadow Sabre 1100, V-Strom, Kawasaki ER-6n.

This oil seems to be the oil of choice at the V-Strom forum.

Could there be something specific about Triumphs that doesn't agree with Rotella T6? I put just over 2000 miles on my 2012 T100, with about 1500 using the Rotella T6. As I mentioned, shifting seems to be very smooth.
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Old 11-13-2012, 06:09 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Could there be something specific about Triumphs that doesn't agree with Rotella T6?
It doesn't seem to meet the Factory specs, clearly stated in the handbook, either in viscosity or classification. It's also an "energy saving" oil which has been known to interfere with wet clutches.

Why not just stick to the Factory recommendations?, I quote:

"...semi or fully synthetic 10W/40 or 15W/50 motorcycle engine oil which meets specification API SH or higher (i.e. SJ, SK or SL) AND JASO MA..."

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Old 11-13-2012, 06:49 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I maybe wrong but I think there is more then 1 type of Rotella and you maybe useing the wrong type. I have used alot of brands of oil in these bikes over the years.I dont think any oil will make them shift better.But temp can change the way they shift If it has cooled off where you are lately that can and will make them harder to shift.
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