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Postby slotnick » Fri Jul 22, 2011 10:09 pm



I have a 94 wing. Is there really a differance in the oil used for an oil change? Reg vs Motorcycle. Synthetic vs reg. If so, why? I have been using reg motorcycle oil till now, but I would like to switch to a synthetic and go a little longer between changes. Any ideas?


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Re: oil change

Postby vtxcandyred » Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:28 pm

Just don't use oil that has a gas saving additive in it like Teflon and the like. I use whatever is on sale and if nothing is I grab Pennzoil.
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Re: oil change

Postby trike lady » Sat Jul 23, 2011 12:35 am

I have a 1993 GL1500A with over 65,000 miles, I change the oil and filter every 2500 miles. For my peace of mind I select Honda GN4 and an OEM filter.
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Re: oil change

Postby cbx4evr » Sat Jul 23, 2011 11:58 am

Shell Rotella


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Re: oil change

Postby slotnick » Sat Jul 23, 2011 7:47 pm

Is there and advantage to synthetic vs reg. I ride about 25k a year on the bike, so i was hoping to go longer between changes.
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Re: oil change

Postby trike lady » Sat Jul 23, 2011 8:50 pm

Think of all the parts that 'Share' the oil. You have the engine, transmission and clutch all sharing the same filtered oil. Think about the needle bearings, roller bearings, ball bearings and plain bearings, all those precision surfaces that have to use this shared oil. Then there's the hydraulic tappets and you certainly don't want any impurities entering them and causing them not to work right.
I operate under the 2500 mile oil change rule, because of severe stop and go around town riding with some highway miles.
If the recommended oil change interval is 4000 miles that's long enough for any oil to remain in an engine. :o

I've often heard about Wing owners who have bikes that have gone over 100,000 miles and some 200,000 and that one thing is those owners take great care in the maintenance of their bikes and then I hear about an individual with an 1800 who has nothing but problems with the trans or engine (blames Honda for a shoddy product) and tries to avoid maintenance any chance they can.

Always follow the maintenance table in the service manual for good results and long vehicle life.
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Re: oil change

Postby dan1951 » Sun Jul 24, 2011 2:19 pm

TrikeLady pretty much nailed Your answer, Even if You use synthetic the oil might not breakdown as much, But the deposits from normal wear mix with Your oil, No matter what kind of oil You use. 2500 mi. is a wise interval.I usually go no more than 3000 mi.
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Re: oil change

Postby cbx4evr » Mon Jul 25, 2011 1:31 am

Everything you always wanted to know about oil and were afraid to ask.

http://www.calsci.com/motorcycleinfo/Oils1.html
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Re: oil change

Postby slotnick » Thu Jul 28, 2011 5:53 am

very cool web site about the oil. You guys rock. Thanks for the help. I guess the KISS idea works even with the oil.
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Re: oil change

Postby landisr » Thu Aug 04, 2011 11:58 am

No disrespect toward the fine folks above, but FWIW: I have over 155,000 on my 94A, and after the first 20,000 miles have been changing the oil & filter every 10,000 miles, using either Mobil 1 or Shell Rotella. Still running the original clutch, and it still purrs like a kitten, and it still uses no oil between changes. Just saying, do what works best for your peace of mind. 8-) Enjoy the season while it's here. Can't believe it's already August........ :cry:

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Re: oil change

Postby cbx4evr » Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:03 pm

landisr wrote:No disrespect toward the fine folks above, but FWIW: I have over 155,000 on my 94A, and after the first 20,000 miles have been changing the oil & filter every 10,000 miles, using either Mobil 1 or Shell Rotella. Still running the original clutch, and it still purrs like a kitten, and it still uses no oil between changes. Just saying, do what works best for your peace of mind. 8-) Enjoy the season while it's here. Can't believe it's already August........ :cry:

Ron in MI



Ditto. Changing oil every 2500 miles is to me a waste of money and resources. I don't wait until 10,000 miles but any oil should last at least 5000 miles. Ya you can get anal about these things. The only way to really tell is to get an oil analysis done.


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