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Old 04-15-2010, 07:09 PM
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Has anyone ever use synthetic oil in their ride. I have a 1200cl and want to know if this is a good idea?
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Old 04-17-2010, 11:05 PM
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After putting 1000 miles with oil originally filled from the Harley factory (which I assume is regular dino oil), I immediately switched out to fully synthetic Mobil 20W-50 V-Twin.

A lot of bikers in the Harley forum run either Mobil or Amsoil fully synthetic after break-in, and they report 10-20 degrees cooler operating temperatures.

And with an air-cooled V-Twin, I thought it would be a good idea to run synthetic.
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Old 04-18-2010, 07:31 AM
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Thanks for the heads up. I have heard from other riders that their bike run cooler also.
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Old 04-18-2010, 08:57 PM
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I had a Buell and also switched to synthetic after 1K miles and I also believe it made my engine run cooler overall.
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Old 04-19-2010, 07:57 PM
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I ran synthetic in my F4i and 600rr, I'll be using it in every bike I own.
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Old 04-24-2010, 08:59 AM
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Old 08-05-2010, 07:14 PM
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Has anyone ever use synthetic oil in their ride. I have a 1200cl and want to know if this is a good idea?
I have a R1200 GSA- At 10,000 miles I switched from the bmw oil to to Motorex 10/60 for the hot summer conditions and gotta say it makes a big difference- smoother- quieter. For the Euro bikes- I suggest Motorex-Repsol- Castrol; for the American Vtwin- Redline- BelRay- Amsol. Redline seems to be a popular choice to run HD in all 3 holes for the 96-103" , and especiallly in the 110" CI motors which run hot.
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Old 08-10-2010, 02:27 AM
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i have seen this topic many times on other forums, it would be a good idea to ask your dealer how long break in is. it varies depending on you bike, i was told not to switch mine until 20-25k. so i recently switched to royal purple, it seems to be the new great thing in the oil world. i dont have a temp gauge or anything so i havent really noticed a difference but from everything im told its better to use synthetic
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Old 08-10-2010, 06:11 AM
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if your running a HD go with Mobil1 v-twin synthetic, if you are running just about any other brand twin, BMW,Aprilia Kawasaki,Ducati. put the MX4T in your twin as the v-twin mobil 1 is formulated for the lower revving HD motor and the MX4T for higher revving engines. this is what a friend of mine who is a phd chemist for one of the major oil companies advised me. been using it for years in all my bikes with good results.
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Old 08-13-2010, 04:42 AM
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Thanks for all the info
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Old 11-03-2010, 11:45 PM
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The service manual for my '03 BMW F650GS stated not to use synthetic oils in the Rotax engine. But, I used a Honda (Gold) 10w-40 synthetic blend in it, for about the last 10K miles (2 oil changes) without any noticeable problems- including no clutch slippage. I plan to continue using this same oil.
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Old 01-08-2011, 09:17 PM
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Bikes in particular should be running full synthetics... Preferably JASO MA spec.
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:12 PM
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I switched over to Redline motorcycle oil and I swear that the bike runs noticeable smoother. It's good stuff.
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Old 09-16-2011, 12:02 AM
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I was told that I would not get any difference in performance or longevity in my K100RS with synthetic oil, but that I would get extended oil change intervals. The dealer said that was the main reason to use synthetics, to void the trouble of stripping off the plastic, the covers, filter, gasket, and replacing all of it. Mine is water cooled, so the thermostat handles the issues other have brought up.
I asked a long time ago if it was worth the extra cost to go with the factory filters. The answer was "Can you afford NOT to use the best ones available?"
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Old 11-20-2011, 06:30 PM
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Smile syn oil

The best part of syn is the oil change milage.Standard is 3000 and syn is 6000,never use on a new machine wait till 600 or more miles than change.
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Old 12-21-2011, 07:50 PM
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Most diffently use syn, best reason, 6000 miles between oil changes instead of 3000 mile
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Old 12-23-2011, 04:49 PM
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Has anyone ever use synthetic oil in their ride. I have a 1200cl and want to know if this is a good idea?
Depends.
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