Oil...what's you brand ?


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Oil...what's you brand ?

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Just wanting to see what most folks are using in their ride.


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Amsoil is the one I use, but I can buy it wholesale. Just got a case and three filters last week.
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Honda oils in Honda bikes.
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Honda oils in Honda bikes.....ok who actually refines the oil that Honda brands as it's own?
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alwrmcusn wrote:Honda oils in Honda bikes.....ok who actually refines the oil that Honda brands as it's own?
Nobody really knows. I ask parts counter personnel wherever I have occasion to have a conversation on the subject. They are remarkably ill informed in this regard. Honda has it bottled under contract, supposedly to some specification only they know. The same is true for every manufacturer of vehicles who have their own lube products, such as Ford, GM, Chrysler, and all the foreigns; and the motorcycle builders Suzuki, Kawasaki, Harley Davidson, Yamaha. It could be Imperial oil, or it could be Shell, or more likely, some independent formulator. It is not even likely that Honda oil comes from Honda country (J.A.Pan). It is likely bottled in the U.S. by Castrol or Quaker state or Pennsoil. Shell and Imperial oil both have bottling plants in both Canada and the U.S. as well as other countries, but I do not know if the other three I mentioned have any plants outside the U.S. Amsoil, Royal Purple and Red Line, the three best known Synthetics manufacturers are to the best of my knowledge, all in the U.S. The other well known ones are Mobil 1, which is an Imperial Oil product, and Rotella T6 among other numbers, which is Shell's. Harley Davidson came out, a few years ago, with the threat of warranty invalidation if their oil was not used exclusively during the warranty period, but the legality of this was pointed out to them, that they could not do this unless they provided the oil changes free of charge for both product and labor. Magnusson/Moss act. This applies to all who sell to the U.S. market, which as we all know is the largest market on the globe, to the point that they actually control this aspect of manufacture warranty. I, personally, use the manufacturers product for my first oil change, and actually pay them to do it. Second gets synthetic, and filters that will not come apart inside, and as I stated above, my choice is Amsoil, for every vehicle I own. Although I am a certified Amsoil Dealer and can sell their products, I am retired and no longer actively do so. I have a couple of web sites that support themselves on direct to customer sales through them, but I stock only for myself. I am not advertising, but simply explaining why I use Amsoil, aside from my educated opinion that it is the best product available.
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Noticed that Walmarts are selling a motorcycle oil called Quicksilver (I think). Has the motorcycle oil and is full synthetic. sells for about $25 in a gallon jug. Anybody know anything about it?
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I love Mobil1 15/50 and have run it for years. I like to get the $30 deal from AZ or Advance Auto including a Mobil or Bosch filter.
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MOBIL 1 motorcycle SPECIFIC 10w40. I believe the regular MOBIL1 is not motorcycle-clutch friendly.
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alwrmcusn wrote:Honda oils in Honda bikes.....ok who actually refines the oil that Honda brands as it's own?
As mainviking so eloquently explains, no one really knows who refines and bottles any particular brand. I would like to think that Mobil 1 is refined and so forth by Exxon/Mobil, but who really knows. That is why I opt for Honda oils for my Honda bikes. They offer synthetic, as well as dino oils and in fact the CBX gets the old fashioned dino oil and the Wing and VTX get synthetic.

Like mainviking, I do buy in bulk to keep the price down. I honestly cannot remember the last time I bought a quart or two of oil. Normally it is by the case or gallon container!

Could I get something cheaper? Absolutely! Maybe it would be of the same quality or maybe not, so I choose not to take that chance. It seems to have worked as I have never had a failure due to bad or inadequate oil.
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Years ago toured a Petro-Can refinery in southern Ontario. The refinery had oils for every station going - Shell, Esso, Texaco and such. Asked the tour guide about this and was told that the base stock is the same, it's the additives that are the difference and kept very confidential. This is the same as gas at a refinery. Base stock is the same, additives are different. Would think this is for mineral oils, synthetic (true synthetic) oils may be different.

I would think Honda oil is no different, only so many refineries and Honda does not have its own.

This is the same as for batteries, tires, fridges, and such.

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my bike is still on warranty and my dealer said as long as the oil meets Honda spec's its good. He did point out that even the manual doesn't specify Honda oil. they have been using Suzuki oil unless you ask them not to. I honestly could not tell the difference. although last summer while on a long trip we where going over the oil change mileage so I did one myself in a Walmart parking lot. I picked up moble1 10w40 racing 4t and a Honda filter from a dealer. the difference in shifting was unbelievable night and day from Honda oil.
so I'm sold! I've already bought enough for 2 years .
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Thanks for the replies. Got the Castrol 4 stroke, I'll check it after a few weeks and see how it looks. Gonna try the Amsoil next time.
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Delo 400 15w40 dino oil
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I know that this is an ongoing thing and nobody will ever agree on what oil is best.
so I sent an email off to exxon. they had a very good and honest response. all bikes require some sort of spec on their oil
sm,sn.sj bla bla bla.and most are just fine for engines. but on wet clutch's you need a little extra. that's where you look for jaso ma and ma2 . I'm using one with ma2 and it says on the label for wet clutchs.it made shifting much quieter
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alwrmcusn wrote:Honda oils in Honda bikes.....ok who actually refines the oil that Honda brands as it's own?
It depends. They go with whatever meets their standards, and costs the least. So one year you might get something manufactured by one company, the next year it's from a different manufacturer. Same goes for filters, fluids and most OEM expendables sold as "Honda" brand (things that Honda doesn't actually manufacture).
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I go cheap.
Castrol 10/40 semi-synth 4-stroke. $28 per gallon from CycleGear. Change every 5-6k with a new Honda filter.
The bike likes it fine.
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I have had good luck with 15w40 wt. oils in gl1500 and gl1800.
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Royal Purple MaxCycle 10w-40 is my choice. I change all fluids every Fall prior to winter storage.
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Bel-Ray 10w40 synthetic blend, every 5000 to 6000 miles


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