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GL1200 SEI GoldWing Oil Change

Postby bigted$$ » Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:52 am



1- Iam getting ready to change the oil in my GoldWing i bought i was woundering if i should use regular Honda oil or would it be safe to use Mobile-1 Synthetic and will it hurt the Clutch useing Mobile-1. Question 2 is if i should have the timeing belts changed it has 30.000 miles on it and are these GoldWing 1200 sei a good bike to own it seems to me everyone seems to cut them down and the guys that own them say its a great bike HELP someone set me straight is it a keeper or should i sell it THANK YOU for any help i can get


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Re: GL1200 SEI GoldWing Oil Change

Postby Mooseman » Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:05 pm

Oil can be a hot topic here and other places. I say use what you like. Do stay away from the oil's that say "energy conserving" in the round label. These contain molybdenum disulfide to reduce friction and will cause the clutch to slip.
I myself would change the cam belts and the radiator fluid while you are at it.
As far as the SEI goes. Yes a lot more electronics and stuff to go amiss. But there are a lot of them out there and running like champs. When you look over this form and others the I & A have there share of problems also. There are still thousands of these bikes out there and running strong. Like everything including me, they will have their problems with age. "Getten Old Sucks". :D
Here is a link to read about oil.
http://www.calsci.com/motorcycleinfo/Oils1.html
Hope this helps.
Enjoy the ride. They are all good, just some better than others.
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Re: GL1200 SEI GoldWing Oil Change

Postby bigted$$ » Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:48 pm

Useing mobile 1 wont hurt the clutch do you think it would be better to use mobile 1 insted of regular oil and i hope you guys dont get sick of my questions this is my first Goldwing and i want to learn as much as i can about them thanks for all your help
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Re: GL1200 SEI GoldWing Oil Change

Postby thrasherg » Thu Jan 27, 2011 5:14 pm

If you are refering to Mobil-1 motorcycles oil (not the regular Mobil 1 with friction modifiers) it will NOT hurt anything. Wether it makes sense to use it is another thing.. The great thing with synthetics is that they take a lot longer to break down than Mineral oils, but they cost a lot more. I always use synthetic oil in all my vehicles but you have to decide what you want to do. If you are going to change the oil every 4000 miles (as I do) I would just use a good dino/mineral oil, but if you want to push the changes out to 8000 or 12000 miles then a synthetic is definately the way to go.. Using a synthetic and changing it every 4000 miles is just a big expense for no benefit (But I still do it!! :oops: ), good Mineral oils work fine for 4000 miles and cost a lot less than synthetics.. You can definately switch over to Mobil-1 and not do any harm to your engine but it's not worth the switch IMO if you keep to the regular Honda recomended oil change periods..
Having said that I don't do what I am preaching as I can afford the synthetic oil and like the extra peace of mind that I think it gives me.

As mentioned everyone has their own opinions, but my father in law has been in the oil industry for over 50 years and that was what he told me and I believe he knows what he is talking about (I have tremendous respect for his knowledge on oils and engines!).

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Re: GL1200 SEI GoldWing Oil Change

Postby detdrbuzzard » Thu Jan 27, 2011 6:14 pm

i am looking at an owners manual that i have for an '86 aspencade. the maintenance scehedule says to change oil and filter every 8000 miles. doesn't exempt synthetic oil form being changed at that time. why do i have an owners manual for an '86 when i owne an '84? i do have one for an '84 but i loaned it to a friend to copy along with my extra '93 owners manual


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