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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Chandler, Arizona
The oil thread has already been started, so... I have had the best luck with non synthetic name brand 20w50 oil, though before the price doubled, I did use Mobil 1 motorcycle specific 20w50 with no problems. Around locally, I tend to use SuperTech 20w50, and change it every 1000 miles. I used Lucas 50w racing oil in my race car for 3 years, and never had an internal engine failure after hundreds of runs. The engine slowly wore, but nothing broke. I still think the main thing about motorcycle oil is weight, rather than brand or type. I use only 20w50, whether it is regular, synthetic, car oil, or motorcycle specific. I won't use Rotella in a motorcycle, not because it is not good oil, but because it does not come in 20w50.
I have found Castro Actevo Xtra 20w50 motorcycle specific oil to work beautifully in the Vulcan 750. It's expensive at $35 a gallon, but I have no problem leaving it in for 3000 miles. I believe it to be way better than the more expensive Amsoil stuff, though I have never actually used Amsoil. Even if it's good oil, it is certainly not the only good oil, and I don't like the sleazy way it is usually sold, OR all the hype that goes with it, which I believe is completely undeserved.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike