82 GL1100I What Type And Brand Oil Do You Use?


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82 GL1100I What Type And Brand Oil Do You Use?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What about 20-W50 oil?
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Devil-Doc wrote:What about 20-W50 oil?
Here is what my owners manual say about that.
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New member here,
I bought a 1982 GL1100 Interstate yesterday from the original owner who bought it in 1982.
The bike has 70 000 km and it is looking in good shape.
I want to flush and change the engine and the rear bevel gear oil.

I searched what we have here in the Canadian market and I can get Honda motorcycle oil GN4 10W-40 (expensive).
There are no Valvoline motorcycle oil or very hard to find.
I can get the Yamaha motorcycle oil (expensive as the Honda's)

I see that a lot of forum member are using the Delo or Shell Diesel engine oil.
I can get the Shell Rotella T4 15W-40 at a very good price.

My question is that all the forum comments were talking about the Shell Rotella T.
But a couple of years ago, Shell reformulated the blend and called it Shell Rotella T4.

Do you guys still approve and swear by the new Shell Rotella T4 15W-40 ?

Thanks for having me here.
Looking forward of sticking around for a long time, I just love the bike!
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Not sure what the Shell Rotella T4 is in QC, most likely same as in the states.

Check the back of the jug, if it mentions JASO-MA or JASO-MA2 it is ok for your 'Wing.
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Manyakus wrote: Tue Sep 14, 2021 12:47 pm New member here,
I bought a 1982 GL1100 Interstate yesterday from the original owner who bought it in 1982.
The bike has 70 000 km and it is looking in good shape.
I want to flush and change the engine and the rear bevel gear oil.

I searched what we have here in the Canadian market and I can get Honda motorcycle oil GN4 10W-40 (expensive).
There are no Valvoline motorcycle oil or very hard to find.
I can get the Yamaha motorcycle oil (expensive as the Honda's)

I see that a lot of forum member are using the Delo or Shell Diesel engine oil.
I can get the Shell Rotella T4 15W-40 at a very good price.

My question is that all the forum comments were talking about the Shell Rotella T.
But a couple of years ago, Shell reformulated the blend and called it Shell Rotella T4.

Do you guys still approve and swear by the new Shell Rotella T4 15W-40 ?



Thanks for having me here.
Looking forward of sticking around for a long time, I just love the bike!
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Welcome to one of the best sites for Goldwings on the internet. So much great information from from very nice people. And run by a guy that cares, and it show. (Thanks Scott.)

To answer your concerns, the oil Shell Rotella T4 15W-40 sold in Canada is the exact same blend as in the USA. (I worked for an oil company for years.) The T4 is a blend, and the T6 is synthetic. I've been using it for years (T4) with great success. I had used GN4 10W-40 ONCE. Very expensive, and through research found out it is not better for your Goldwing.

The 15-40 might be a little thick for a colder climate, but I live in Michigan and ride until the roads are icy. There are many times in early Spring and late Fall that temps here are 25 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit, and the bike starts fine but I always have it garaged. But I think it would be fine for your wing. Just have good charge in your battery, and a good starter.

Here is a pick of the oil jug I changed my oil with recently. Check the edits I put on the picture. Keep us posted on your adventure.


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Here in Michigan it has already begun...


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Thank you for your replies.
I will check what is written on the Rotella T4, if my memory is correct it has the JASO-MA/MA2 and the lower donut is empty.
I heard that they reformulated the T4 with more additive for wear protection which I am not sure if there is more Zinc content or not, but I don't think it will do any difference to the GL1100 engine.

After more searching on the market, there are more choices:

Shell Rotella T4 15W-40 (5 Liters) 35.99 CAD $
Castrol Grand Prix 10W-40 Motorcycle Oil 4 Stroke (1 quart) 9.99 CAD $
Lucas High Performance Motorcycle Oil 10W-40 (1 quart) 12.49 CAD $
MotoMaster 10W-40 Motorcycle Oil 4 Stroke (1 quart) 8.99 CAD $ (This is a rebrand oil sold by Canadian Tire, I think it comes from Shell)


For the couple of weeks left in QC before it gets way too cold, I will use Castrol 10W-40.
When it warms up again in spring, I will be switching to Rotella 15W-40.


As for the final drive oil, do you guys have any preferences or any 75W-90 gear oil would do I guess?
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Manyakus wrote: Wed Sep 15, 2021 10:23 am As for the final drive oil, do you guys have any preferences or any 75W-90 gear oil would do I guess?
I've used this synthetic Valvoline gear oil in all my Goldwings for 15+ years now, with excellent results.
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Amazing how everything is cheaper in the USA.
The same bottle runs at 30$ here in Canada.

Researching again for alternative :D
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See if Rotella T6 (5w40) Full Synthetic is available there. That's what I use in my bikes, it would be great for colder climate.
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I contacted Castrol about their product and they have rebranded their conventional oil from Castrol Grand Prix to Castrol Go!
Here is their reply, seems to me a general response they give to everyone:

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Thank you for contacting Castrol North America.

Castrol Grand Prix 4 Stroke 10W-40 & 20W-50 have been re-named to Castrol Go! 4T 10W-40 & 20W-50 motorcycle oils.

Modern 4-stroke motorcycle engine is one of the toughest applications for a lubricant. Today’s complex multi-cylinder engines are amazingly high revving, with some road going units now routinely approaching 16,000 rpm.
Additionally, the oil operating temperatures in a modern motorcycle engine are 20-30°C higher than in cars, with air cooled engines running as much as 50-60°C hotter. Moreover, a motorcycle sump is considerably smaller than one in a passenger car, which places a high thermal load per unit of oil volume. Thus, modern motorcycle engine oil must be designed to work in conditions that impose a high level of thermal and mechanical stress.
In developing our current range of products, Castrol goes beyond standard testing. Castrol employs motorcycle engine tests to determine an oils performance. These tests include:

• Detergency in air-cooled, single-cylinder and water-cooled, multi-cylinder motorcycle engines
• Clutch slip performance in a fired motorcycle engine with a common sump against reference oils based on known field performance
• Cam wear protection and motorcycle engine durability via engine test-stand testing and on-road testing
Castrol motorcycle engine oil technology (known as Trizone – for engine, clutch and transmission) is relevant to and tested in actual motorcycle hardware. Our Trizone technology incorporates Castrol’s long experience and history in motorcycle engine oil technology. This results in leading edge lubricant performance that is dedicated to the protection and operation of 4-stroke motorcycles.
The Castrol motorcycle line includes oil for 2 stroke, 4 stroke and V-Twin oils with a wide variety of viscosity ranges and oil types, including mineral, synthetic blend and fully synthetic formulations. This variety offers superior performance for all motorcycle rider demands and every type of riding condition:

• Castrol Go! 4T (Conventional)

Exceeds API SG, JASO MA-2
Available in 10W-40 & 20W-50

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Exceeds API SL, JASO MA-2
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Manyakus wrote: Wed Sep 15, 2021 11:38 am Amazing how everything is cheaper in the USA.
The same bottle runs at 30$ here in Canada.
I'll buy you one as a gift and you can meet me at the border to pick it up. You might not save any money, but a great reason to ride. :D


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Sounds like a good plan for next year!!
I have a friend in Ohio and he always wanted me to come down south.
So next year I will do that and will definitely pass thru Michigan!
Thank you for the invite!


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