whats the best oil for high mileage gl1100


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halcombrick
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whats the best oil for high mileage gl1100

Postby halcombrick » Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:59 am



I have an 82 gl1100 with 94000 what's the best oil to use on high mileage?


Rick, 82 GL1100 Interstate

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jenagle
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Re: whats the best oil for high mileage gl1100

Postby jenagle » Thu Dec 18, 2014 5:36 am

I use the same type oil in both my 81 1100 and my 89 1500. Rotella T6 5w40 synthetic. Works well.

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Re: whats the best oil for high mileage gl1100

Postby RBGERSON » Thu Dec 18, 2014 7:18 am

OH...NO!!! oil question but here goes any oil that is not "energy conserving" is OK see the pic for what to look for on the bottle, you want the last pic with the blank lower circle!!!. As that kind of oil is bad for a wet clutch which the GL's all have. Another issue is the filter some are suspect many like the Napa Golds??? made by Wix..

Also ambient temperature makes a difference like running 20/50 in the summer if you live in AZ and 10/40 in the winter..but in Alaska thinner is better???

Many like Rotelle or Delco as a brand running the oil meant for diesel engines = no friction modifiers..see above. Other swear by Honda's very expensive motorcycle oil and some use whatever is cheapest in the non energy conserving types.

The bigger issue i show often you change your oil and do you change the filer as well... 8-) if you do it every 2,000 miles use whatever oil you want, 3,000 probably the same but over that be more picky and get higher quality oils.???
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Johnyy Smoke
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Re: whats the best oil for high mileage gl1100

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:31 am

I agree with RB. A good quality oil is fine. I use Yamaha 10 w 40. Because everyone has a favorite, the subject can go on indefinetley. Pick on like RB suggested, and go with it. Regards, Johnny

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Re: whats the best oil for high mileage gl1100

Postby f1xrupr » Thu Dec 18, 2014 3:27 pm

I use Royal Purple 20w50 car oil-bike has 156xxx miles-bearings replaced about 3000? miles ago-I tried several types-I liked how the rp performed-neglected junk when I got it at 152xxx?-I think it depends at least in part on the personality of the particular bike. I still will change it often Lord willing. The wet clutch info mentioned is correct. I think oil was simpler when these bikes were new. I've had a bunch of bikes in the last 41? years, never used bike oil till about 7 months ago from walmart-didn't like it-never had a oil related tranny problem-I had rear tire tread problems-I'm trying not to have that problem any more... :shock:
My exercise bike is a goldwing.

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Re: whats the best oil for high mileage gl1100

Postby f1xrupr » Thu Dec 18, 2014 3:50 pm

Correction....make that 38 years-not 41...
Sorry
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Re: whats the best oil for high mileage gl1100

Postby halcombrick » Thu Dec 18, 2014 4:48 pm

Thanks guy everyone is so much cooler than a shadow group I was a part of a few years ago they werenothing but a bunch of ****.
Rick, 82 GL1100 Interstate

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Re: whats the best oil for high mileage gl1100

Postby WINGER3 » Thu Dec 18, 2014 8:42 pm

I started useing Rotella in 1972 in my 1971 BMW R75/5 (145K mi when sold) and it loved it, I have used it or Delo in every bike I'v owned since and that is many. The diesel oil still has most of all the ingrediants that motorcycles engines need and won't hurt or cause the clutch to slip. There is some oil co's that make oil for older car engines, but I have never tryed any. As you can see averyone has there own choice and you will end up with yours, just keep it changed and that engine will go another 100K mi. Ride safe. :mrgreen:
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Re: whats the best oil for high mileage gl1100

Postby RoadRogue » Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:01 pm

94,000 miles is NOT a high mileage bike, it is infact just getting broken in. These motors can go 300,000 miles with only regular maintenance like timing belts ,oil changes, plugs, and filters. 400,000 is starting to get up in the high miles club. 8-)
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Re: whats the best oil for high mileage gl1100

Postby Oldbear » Mon Dec 22, 2014 12:49 am

High miler oils often contain gasket/seal "sweller" which often cause more problems down the road. I'd rather just fix my leaks and maintain my bike than have some Reverend Shine's Snake Oil that will shave years off my mileage and improve performance. And do the Seafoam treatment others have mentioned hear... although that almost sounds like snake oil.


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