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Kevin killick
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I have just bought a Goldwing 1500 year 2000 mileage is 74000 could anyone tell me the best engine oil to use . thanks



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I always joke about the kind that tastes the best to you. :D

But, Delo 400 SE 15w40 has a huge following.
be sure to get the one that does NOT have friction modifiers.
that is, on the back of the jug, look at the circle, the bottom half should be blank.

I owned two 1500s and used Delo 400 15w40 in both of them, and the shifting was excellent.

rotella T5 has a huge following also, again in 14w40
this is the lowest cost on Walmart's shelf.
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It all basically boils down to personal preference. I myself like Lucas 10-40 full synthetic.

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AZgl1800 wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:51 pm
be sure to get the one that does NOT have friction modifiers.
As mentioned by AZgl1800 - the most important thing is "NO FRICTION MODIFIERS". JASO MA/MA2 on the label would be another point to consider. This would make the product suitable for use in motorcycles with wet clutch in the same sump bath as the engine is. If these guidlines are followed, then 10W30 or 10W40 are both suitable for a liquid cooled Honda engine. The 10W40 for some people, seems to make gear shifting smoother and quieter. Also as already mentioned, brand is a personal choice. Ensure that you use a quality oil filter, and this does not mean Fram. If you pay a bit more and get a good one, it won't come apart between oil changes. And finally, I advise to change the oil filter at every oil change.
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AZgl1800 wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:51 pm
I always joke about the kind that tastes the best to you. :D

But, Delo 400 SE 15w40 has a huge following.
be sure to get the one that does NOT have friction modifiers.
that is, on the back of the jug, look at the circle, the bottom half should be blank.

I owned two 1500s and used Delo 400 15w40 in both of them, and the shifting was excellent.

rotella T5 has a huge following also, again in 14w40
this is the lowest cost on Walmart's shelf.
X2 :)

I used it in my 'GL1200 and last few oil changes in the GL1500 Trike. Does shift good. Years ago bought a dozen or so gallons on really sweet sale, just changed oil in the trike with it (& a filter).
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You will get a million answers to this question. I use Mobile1 motorcycle oil. I used the diesel oils and they worked fine but I think it shifts better with the Mobile1. Whatever you chose will be fine and your motorcycle will run for hundreds of thousands of miles if maintained properly.

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wezx
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I like the Delo 400...not terribly expensive in the big jug.



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