82 GL1100I What Type And Brand Oil Do You Use?


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82 GL1100I What Type And Brand Oil Do You Use?

Postby patbrandon1 » Fri May 04, 2012 4:11 pm



I am going to do an oil change and am wondering what viscosity and brand of oil others use. The PO of my 82 GL1100I switched to synthetic Rotella T6 5W-40. In Michigan the temperature can vary widely during riding months, and the 5W-40 is like in the middle of what the manual says to use for what the area temperature is. It says for temps above 59 degrees use SAE 10W-30 SE or SAE 30 SE. For 32 to 59 degrees use SAE 20 or 20W SE. For temps below 32 degrees use 10W.

What kind would you use, synthetic or regular? What weight? What brand?
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Re: 82 GL1100I What Type And Brand Oil Do You Use?

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Fri May 04, 2012 7:00 pm

I use 10w40 4 stroke valveoline in my 1980 gl1100 .I do not recomend synthetics in an older machine.Use what the manual says.Any quality non syntecthic motorcycle oil of the correct specs will do.Regards,Johnyy

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Re: 82 GL1100I What Type And Brand Oil Do You Use?

Postby seabee_ » Fri May 04, 2012 7:35 pm

Delo LE 15w/40. Smooth shifting, less clunking, and easier to find neutral. The 5w40 is on the lighter side, 10w/40 the average 15w/40 still works good. Gonna be fun to see how this subject progresses. :P
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Re: 82 GL1100I What Type And Brand Oil Do You Use?

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Fri May 04, 2012 7:52 pm

Perhapes before we get all those posts on oil-read the archives first!Oil preferance is up to the user!Lets kill this now.Rggards,Johnyy

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Re: 82 GL1100I What Type And Brand Oil Do You Use?

Postby SteveB123 » Fri May 04, 2012 8:07 pm

Factory owners manual says to use oil that meets or exceeds the "U.S. automobile manufacurers' requirements for Service Classification SE or SF motor oil".
I certainly wouldn't! You can't use 30 year old advice, even from Mother.

That's car oil. While new car oil is vastly superior to the stuff that was originally spec'd for your Goldwing, it's vastly superior for cars, not for wet clutch motorcycles.

Use a decent bike specific oil. After my new-to-me 'wing gets some running time on it's present dino oil/Seafoam mix, it's get changed to either Mobil 1 or Amsoil, 10w-40.
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Re: 82 GL1100I What Type And Brand Oil Do You Use?

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Fri May 04, 2012 8:15 pm

Read the post first-I said to use 10w40 4 stroke valvoline non synthetic motorcycle oil for a gl1100 1980 goldwing.Do we have to take you by the hand?Regards,Johnyy

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Re: 82 GL1100I What Type And Brand Oil Do You Use?

Postby patbrandon1 » Fri May 04, 2012 9:10 pm

Johnyy Smoke wrote:Perhapes before we get all those posts on oil-read the archives first!Oil preferance is up to the user!Lets kill this now.Rggards,Johnyy


Johnyy, I did look in the archives, I do before I post anything on here. My main reason for asking other users is to find out who prefers synthetic over conventional oil. I have witnessed the advantage in using synthetic in automobiles, and other engines. How it effects the wet clutch is my only real concern with it. And oil weight is tricky because of the range in temperature in this area, and I could not find a thread about it, and just wanted some advice from seasoned Goldwing riders. Oil preference IS up to the user, I was just trying to make a more informed decision. If I missed a thread about it and am taking up people's time needlessly, I apologize for that. I really didn't mean to ruffle anybody's feathers here. So far the people here have been friendly, helpful, and very courteous. I appreciate the people here very much that have given sound, friendly, free advice, and hope they don't feel like I am flooding their site without investigating.

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Re: 82 GL1100I What Type And Brand Oil Do You Use?

Postby seabee_ » Fri May 04, 2012 11:03 pm

The key thing to remember is that Goldwings have a wet clutch system, meaning it shares the same space in the crankcase as the oil. Most IMPORTANT is, NEVER use friction modifiers or any oils the have friction modifiers. These will cause the clutch plates to slip and prematurely kill your clutch. Some oils will state on the container 'for wet clutch systems'. As long as you remember this when using oils you will be ok. You can search other Goldwing boards on this subject of oil preferences. As stated before it all comes down to personal preference.
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Re: 82 GL1100I What Type And Brand Oil Do You Use?

Postby dwhit » Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:19 pm

Heh heh...oil threads are entertaining. Lotsa "old wives" tales.

I've used Mobil 1 15W-50 since I accumulated the machine in 1986. I pulled a TravLite 'till I wore it out...then a BunkHouse since 2006...no clutch problems.

All this trailer pulling the engine works hard having to hold gears while climbing in the heat of summer. I change oil yearly...no smoke, slick shifting, no problems, WIX filters.

Two other bikes get Mobil 1 10w-40. No issues. ST1300XX holds wheelie thru three gears.

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Re: 82 GL1100I What Type And Brand Oil Do You Use?

Postby goldminerusa » Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:00 pm

Here`s my 2 cents. In my current bike, an `82 1100S, i`m using, after reading many posts from different sites, Delo 15-40 with napa filters. The PO used, TAR, took 3 seafoam and 10-40 oil changes to clean the engine out. More to my point though, for 10 years while riding an `83 CB1000Custom and clocking 65000 mi`s, from last snow till 1st snow (march/april to nov/dec) in new england, i used nothing but Castrol 10-40 with Slick50. Never had the clutch slip with 360lbs of 2 up riding in the middle of summer and routinely got 50 mpg.

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Re: 82 GL1100I What Type And Brand Oil Do You Use?

Postby littlewing » Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:10 am

be careful with amsoil, i have a buddy who sells it and he said if you have high miles, he doesnt reccomend it, for the simple fact that if you have a leak, a small leak, the oil eill clean as it runs through. you will end up with more of a leak than you originally started with. i was going to put it in a truck with 150,000 miles on it and he talked me out of it for that simple reason. you may not find a leak in it until afterward. just my thought.

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Re: 82 GL1100I What Type And Brand Oil Do You Use?

Postby Straydogg » Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:31 am

Just like Johnyy I have been using the Valvoline bike oil and am happy with it. I change my oil every 3000 miles or so with no problems. '83 Aspencade with 98000 miles and counting.

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Re: 82 GL1100I What Type And Brand Oil Do You Use?

Postby Devil-Doc » Sun Jul 01, 2012 2:17 pm

What about 20-W50 oil?

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Re: 82 GL1100I What Type And Brand Oil Do You Use?

Postby patbrandon1 » Sun Jul 01, 2012 2:44 pm

Devil-Doc wrote:What about 20-W50 oil?


Here is what my owners manual say about that.
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