Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Winston Salem, NC
Good point Trike Lady
I went thru this a couple years ago and read exhausting articles. To my best rememberance, (that means don't believe me, go look it up) Shell Rotella did have all the qualities required by Honda and met or exceeded them. But it is labeled and distributedto be a diesel oil. And there was all the chemical names and grades etc to back up the article. I did not go to other places to verify the author, he said that this was his profession and certainly boggled my brain into submission so as to never question it.
Wally world has it, it is reasonably priced and then.....................I got into the couple of synthetics articles that said some have one element of dinosaur oil which came to a law suit many years ago as to whether SOME of the synthethics were actually synthetics or not. I want to say Castol was the oil in question and Shell Rotella is similar if I remember correctly.
If I remember right Mobil1 is a true synthetic and there is a alot of info as to which is right for a bike. It too is easily available and viscos tests are great. The argument amongst the experts continues about dyno vs. syn. vs. the one moecule of dyno in the synthetic. Who knows but synthetic is proven to hold viscos much longer and that includes all that claim to be a synthetic. Pretty soon, you will know a little about a whole lot and I eventually forgot why I started all this reading in the first place.
Others claim that Honda does not make oil just reviews and tests what they think is best and has it labeled on their bottle.
As I don't have testing equipment, I found myself still doubting so I changed it every 5k to keep my sanity with Rotella T.
As stated before, Amsoil does offer a warranty if you use their filter and no one else does or at least used to..
Your bike, your research and your decision.
A part of my job at work is to write detailed work and preventative maint. docs. We find that cycles of equipment gets missed or ignored when cycle counts or odometers are used. People don't look or forget and there is no mental trigger to make one do so.
We found it much easier to have a document where maintenance items are routinely done by the week or month or season. For that reason and the fact my miles work out fairly reasonably on all my vehicles, I have my routine as stated before.
Probably the only people who know for sure are the last ones to own a worn out engine and more than likely, they have no data on what owner used what oil. As Chopin said, we are all riding and all seem to be doing fine
If you find my short version making your head hurt, go buy the Honda stuff like TL said and enjoy the ride to go get it. Then you won't regret it and can always change later.
"The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly." Abe Lincoln
Last edited by L2R; 05-15-2011 at 08:30 PM.