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I'm sure this has been covered but what are the oil recommendations from this group? I've read that some bikes have clutches that are sensitive to oils but I've not seen anything that includes the Vulcan in that. So do you spend bucks on synthetics or buy the cheap Walmart brand?
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I wouldn't buy the "cheap" WALLY WORLD brand but use a name brand quality oil.

A far as clutch slippage, look on the back of the container for the circular seal about the oil.....if it says "Energy Conserving" it "can" cause clutch slippage. Stick with the oils that DON'T say "Energy Conserving".

Todays oils are very good quality and as long as you change it on a regular basis you're fine. If I run regular dino oil I change it every 3,000 if I rum Mobil 1 Synthetic I change it every 5,000/6,000. I try and run full synthetic in the HOT Summer months.

IMOP, you don't need to use motorcycle specific oils that cost twice as much as car oils either. I have a riding buddy that lives in San Diego and has been using regular dino CASTROL GTX 10/40 car oil in his bikes for years. He rides HARD and he's had 3 engines go over 100,000 miles with NO engine issues with the CASTROL.
He DOES change it every 3,000 religiously!

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Several people here suggest and use Rotella oil, found at wal mart. I have it in my bike and it runs smoother than when I got it. I used the synthetic one, there's also a dino oil version of it. As suggested before, just check that it doesn't say "Energy conserving".
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Oh and even the synthetic version isn't expensive at all.
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Both Rottella oils have been reccomended by bikers for years...I still use the regular dino Rottella oil.

I should point out there is no truth to the rumor that you can run synthetic oils longer than non synthetic oils. Many still believe this....my only thought there is most of the synthetics cost 2 times what the dino oils cost and someone said it was OK because you can run them twice as long.

Truth is , testing has shown that synthetics don't always last that long...they do tend to run longer in certain conditions over non synthetics, but the difference is not twice as much in comparison.

This is why I have not , and may never switch to synthetic oil. As I do change my oil every 3k pretty religously, I still can't justify the added expense when there is no benfit to be seen. (in the area I live and the riding style I have)

But , lets look at this objectively...how much do you spend a year on oil...? How much on gas? I change my oil at least 2 times a year. Last jug of rottella cost me 12 bucks? I can go through 12 bucks in gas in a weekend. So in the bigger picture, oil is still pretty cheap per mile, even if you opt for the higher price stuff.

To put that in perspective for those that don't follow that, If I go 6000 miles a year (for the two oil changes) and my bike gets 45 mpg...that works out to 133 gallons of gas. At lets say $2.59 a gallon, thats $344.00 I spend on gas, and just under 30 dollars a year on 2 oil and filter changes.

So really, in the big picture, I could switch to synthetic oil and it really would not be that big of a yearly cost ...


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I ran Rotella 5w-40 Synthetic in my vn750s and liked it... It was, and I think still is $19.?? a gallon at china-mart and Auto zone...
I now run 15w-50 Mobil 1 in my air cooled Sportster, as synthetic is said to run cooler, and my clutch don't run in the engine oil either, but in another compartment....
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Check the Vulcan Verses under the "Maintenance" topic and "Engine Oil type".

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It seems that everyone was a new guy every now and then. I would suggest if you don.t like the subject don't open it.
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I used Shell Rotella T 15w40 dino oil based on the info in the Verses. $12 a gallon at Walmart. I'm in the midwest, and one nearby Meijer had it for $11.50 (the other one didn't have it at all). $.50 isn't a big deal, but I shop at Meijer more often and they're local.

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