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I use Motul 10W-40 100% synthetic motor oil in my '05 Vulcan 750 with 19k miles and just wanted to share how happy I am with it.

Thank you, Motul, for the engine and transmission protection for over 20 million engine revolutions this year! I calculate this number from ~4,000 miles riding given a very rough approximate engine speed of 35mph (I do a lot of back-road crusin' here in PA), and approximate engine speed of 3K RPM. This is a conservative estimate, so in reality my motor most likley turned over more than 20 million times this year!

How do I know Motul is actually different? Well firstly, it's red! So that right there has to count for something, right? But seriously, over the summer I had my local dealership replace the stator. In doing so, they needed to drain the oil and refill. I don't know what oil they gave me, probably some regular 10W-40 stuff. Maybe regular Kawi oil? But one of the first things I noticed when I got my bike back was how much WORSE it shifted. I found that it had a very tough time going thru the gears, both up and down. It took quite some force to get the gears shifted...and it lasted like this for several hundred miles. Eventually, I just couldn't take it anymore and without spending much more time/money troubleshooting, I'd figure a good ol' Motul oil change could help. I wasn't really expecting much, but what I got blew me out of the water. The bike shifted significantly better! Not brand new, but truly much better and much smoother. It's still on my bucket list to troubleshoot this further in 2022, but holy cow was the improvement noticeable and much needed.

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Looking forward to even more riding in 2022. For now, my Vulcan is winterized and asleep in my garage until next year. Cheers all!

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Hope Motul is payin' ya, I use whatever is JASO MA, used to use Rotella T6 synthetic in the Vulcan. Still haven't done an oil change on the Versys, but it's only 2 qts per change and only calls for like a 6500 mile OCI so cost is much less of an issue.
 

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I paid $28 for five quarts of the Mobil 1 synthetic, think I was paying $14-17 for four quarts of Rotella conventional. Bad part was finding a leaking front and rear seal on the truck, wasn't like that last oil change.

If there was a 2022 Vulcan calendar, this could be one of the pics. Nice shot!

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Well, because I am also new to this world, I can only tell from what I have noticed the last 4 months鈥
The first 2+ months My 2006 was running with the old oil from the previous owner. There were so many little things wrong then and many more that I was replacing back then and I didn鈥檛 have the chance to get a normal good ride鈥 but yeah, the oil was there for at least 2-3 years.
when I replaced the Stator and a ton of other things m, I replaced the nasty old oil with Castrol Motor1 motorcycle oil鈥.yeah, big difference!! That鈥檚 not cheap either, it鈥檚 like $10 per quart鈥 but it works great!!
if you remember guys I had a post that my bike now after the Stator change, the MOSFET R/R change-upgrade, the new pickup coils and I am sure the new oil has to do something with that too鈥.the bike now runs way better, cleaner and with more power than before!!

Also, the fork oil change was very successful too鈥.!! That old one, was the NASTIEST EVER oil I had experienced in my life鈥
 

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All mine run just fine with conventional Shell Rotella 10W-40, at much less cost than motorcycle specific oils. Haven't seen a recent head-to-head comparison of motorcycle specific oils and regular oils in motorcycles, but there was one years ago, and motorcycle specific oils didn't perform as well. Paying more doesn't necessarily mean it's a better product.
 

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Sure reads like Motul is paying, nice garage though
Would be nice to be paid, but nah this came out of pocket. And thanks, the garage floor is interlocking plastic tiles from garageflooringinc.com. I love working in my garage. Just wish I had more time to do it. :)
 
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