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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 11-12-2012, 12:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Angry Thumbs down for Rotella T6

I don't deny the good experiences that many of you have had with this oil in your bikes, but for my '01 Bonnie, Rotella T6 has not been a winner.

My shifting quality has become tougher and notchier with the Rotella over the Mobil synthetic that was in it before.

It's cheap and it works, but the fact is is that it doesn't work well for MY bike.

I will be switching back to Mobil 1 v-twin synthetic or trying Motul 5100 in 2000 miles. I might even try draining a quart or so of the Rotella and throwing in a quart of the Mobil or Motul to see if that helps.

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Old 11-12-2012, 02:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think it would be a good idea to mix different oils. I had a similar situation with another motorcycle and the oil actually looked like it was globbing up. I quickly changed the oil out and replaced it with what was recommended by the manual.........The bike loved it and I had no more problems ! The Meister
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:21 AM   #3 (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.
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Gotta admit, I had the same issue with Rotella. I didn't notice it so much until I got a deal on some Mobil 1 v-twin. SO much better now.
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
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What is a good deal on v-twin? The best I've seen is around 40-45 for 4 quarts
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:57 PM   #6 (permalink)
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My 01 hated Rotella too. Dumped it and put Mobil1 20w50 Vtwin oil back in. No more sticking clutch plates and smoother shifting
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Walmart $40...most Auto parts stores are about $45.00. I have scored it on sale as low as $30 but thats rare...
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I've noticed the clutching action is worse as well. I dunno if it's a "sticking" but I've noticed that I need alot of clutch slip to get the bike moving from stopped.
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The Shell Rotella T6 does not meet the requirements for our motorcycles.

Why would anyone who has spent thousands of dollars on the purchase of their Triumph want to save a few dollars to run an oil that does not meet the manufacturer's requirements ? And chance doing damage to the motor/trans. Or than complain about the poor performance of the product not designed for the application.
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:26 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I have stuck with the Mobil 4T synthetic oil zero problems and my opinion they have the best quality oil on the market.
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