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Shell Rotella T--NOT for me

In March when I bought my bike I put seafoam in the oil, ran it for 30 miles and drained it. I put in Shell Rotella T 15-40 oil. Bike was noisy and shifted OK, not as good as when I used 20-50 motorcycle oil in my other bikes.
Friday I decided to use Shell Rotella T-6 SYNTHETIC 5-40 that I have read about here. I ran the bike with seafoam in the oil for 30 miles and drained it. Put in new filter and almost 4 quarts of the synthetic. The bike is now NOISIER, shifts HARDER, and runs much HOTTER. $21.00 wasted. Have to do another oil change.

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Why are you running 30 miles with seafoam in it? Thats a bad idea. I run shell 15w 40 in in mine with no probs. And only run seafoam about 5 miles in the oil. Only need to do that once just to clean out any sludge. After that it should be clean unless you go 30 k before oil changes. The only noise i have is the acct's.

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I put Rotella T6 in this spring to see if it would cure the 'coffee grinder' issue. So far I have been very happy with it. It did not cure the ' coffee grinder' 100%, but it is comparable to the dealers full synthetic oil at a fraction of the cost. I have not experienced the noise, poor shifting or hot running that you have. Also, I don't use any oil additives.


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Why are you running 30 miles with seafoam in it? Thats a bad idea. I run shell 15w 40 in in mine with no probs. And only run seafoam about 5 miles in the oil. Only need to do that once just to clean out any sludge. After that it should be clean unless you go 30 k before oil changes. The only noise i have is the acct's.
I put very little SeaFoam in the oil. I ran the bike 30 miles because it ran very cool, just off the first mark, too get the oil hot ( it was a nice riding day). After the oil change it runs at midpoint or slightly above with the synthetic.

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Maybe the oil filter is bad or slightly restrictive. It happens. There might be enough pressure to turn off the oil light, but not enough to satisfy the engine requirements. That might explain the noise, poor shifting and engine heat.

If it helps, I used a Bosch 3323 Hi-Flo. Oil light now goes out while the engine is cranking, whereas it didn't go out until after the bike was started with the OEM filter. I'm not sure if that's due to the Bosch filter, slightly thinner T6 oil or both.


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No problems since I switched to the T6. Bike runs at the same temp as it did before.

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Thermostat may be stuck. Its a thought. As for the shifting im not sure.

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In March when I bought my bike I put seafoam in the oil, ran it for 30 miles and drained it. I put in Shell Rotella T 15-40 oil. Bike was noisy and shifted OK, not as good as when I used 20-50 motorcycle oil in my other bikes.
Friday I decided to use Shell Rotella T-6 SYNTHETIC 5-40 that I have read about here. I ran the bike with seafoam in the oil for 30 miles and drained it. Put in new filter and almost 4 quarts of the synthetic. The bike is now NOISIER, shifts HARDER, and runs much HOTTER. $21.00 wasted. Have to do another oil change.
UPDATE-- Drained the Shell Synthetic. Put in 20-50 motorcycle oil that I have been using for a few years in my other bikes. The bike is not as noisy, shifts much easier, and runs much cooler. Very noticeable difference in the bike with just the change in oil.

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