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you can do a search for oil topics but what is the best is up to you. you may not like the brand i use
 

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If you want to go with synthetic use either Amsoil or Shell Rotella T, If you use regular use the Honda stuff 10W30.
 

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What you want is:

Regardless of Brand, Synthetic or Petroleum, Always use a Motorcycle Specific oil with a JASO MA Rating, better yet, MA 2, but never MB.

If anyone tells you that there is no difference between an auto/diesel oil and a Motorcyle oil, they are mistaken.

Look at the G-2156 link in our Sig and pick one of the top 3 finishers.

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I commend you for your choice of a Motorcycle Specific oil.

I don't keep it a secret that I am not a lover of Rotella in a Motorcycle. It does not have the proper ratings which is API SG/SH. A higher API Rating may be used if it has a JASO MA.

Regardless of Brand, Synthetic or petroleum, I recommend the use of a Motorcycle Specific oil with a JASO MA Rating, better yet, MA 2, but never MB. There is a difference between M/C Specific and auto/diesel oils. If anyone tells tou different, they have been misinformed and passing on bad information.

As far as Rotella, They no longer have a stand alone CI-4 oil, just the new CJ-4 which does have friction modifiers in it.

As far as cost of oil. You didn't buy a Wing because it was less expensive than another Brand of bike. And we all know it is not less expensive to maintain a bike than a car. Heck, I spend $200.00 every 8000 miles to have a rear tire put on where you can just about buy 4 for a small car and go 50,000 miles.

I don't want to spend any more than necessary either but I do believe in running the best oil and filter you can.

Oil, is the Life Blood of your engine. The Oil Filter, is the Kidney that keeps it clean.

I will tell you that the Honda GN-4 and HP-4 oils are not too bad. As far as the filter. Who makes it this year ?

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With the use of the AMSOIL EA Series Filter and AMSOIL M/C Specific oil, you can safely double your change interval.

I have at least one Winger using AMSOIL with over 400,000 miles and several with over 300,000

Yes, it can be done with regular oil and frequent changes. But most, if not all of those, are running extended drains.

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With the use of the AMSOIL EA Series Filter and AMSOIL M/C Specific oil, you can safely double your change interval.

I have at least one Winger using AMSOIL with over 400,000 miles and several with over 300,000

Yes, it can be done with regular oil and frequent changes. But most, if not all of those, are running extended drains.

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What are your thoughts on Mobile 1 10W40 synthetic for the 1800? I know it is not energy conserving but I don't know about the JASO rating.
 

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I always used Honda's synthetic blend 10W40 in my 98 GL1500 and now in my 09 GL1800. It has worked fine for me and it eliminates any problem with compatability or questions if I have a warranty issue. There are other good oils out there, but I chose Honda.
 

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What are your thoughts on Mobile 1 10W40 synthetic for the 1800? I know it is not energy conserving but I don't know about the JASO rating.
If you are talking M-1 Automotive oil, my thoughts are.... Absolutely NOT !

If you are using the Proper Mobil 1 Racing 4T, it is a very good oil.

Although, My prices are compareable to the 4T, we outperform it and we are capable of an extended drain interval if out filter is used.

So, in a 'cost per mile' comparison, we come out about half the cost as the M-1

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I always used Honda's synthetic blend 10W40 in my 98 GL1500 and now in my 09 GL1800. It has worked fine for me and it eliminates any problem with compatability or questions if I have a warranty issue. There are other good oils out there, but I chose Honda.
The Honda GN 4 and HP 4 are not bad oils.. There are better oils out there, no doubt about it, but your choice is still good.

There is no problem with warranty REGARDLESS of Brand as long as it is oil with the proper specifications.. No matter what a Dealer may say. A Dealer can't void a warranty for anything.

One reason that I do not recommend Rotella is that it does not have the proper specs printed on the label or in the Data Sheet on Shell's website...

As I say:

REGARDLESS of Brand, Synthetic or petroleum, use a Motorcycle Specific oil with a JASO MA Rating, better yet, MA 2, but Never MB.

Oil, is the LifeBlood of your engine. The oil filter, is the Kidney that keeps it clean.

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Just my $.02 here, but I'm going to the Amsoil when I change it next. The most recent test I read it was vastly superior than everything as I posted in another thread. The Honda is OK but drastically breaks down in several test areas, as did the Spectro, Motul and a couple other high end synthetics. As for the filter Bob is bang on on that one, Honda contracts them out annually, so who knows what they're made of? If the Amsoil can let a Victory air/oil coiled engine go over 200k a GL engine will likely last forever. Now if we can just get by this air filter boondoggle...:p
 

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If you are talking M-1 Automotive oil, my thoughts are.... Absolutely NOT !

If you are using the Proper Mobil 1 Racing 4T, it is a very good oil.

Although, My prices are compareable to the 4T, we outperform it and we are capable of an extended drain interval if out filter is used.

So, in a 'cost per mile' comparison, we come out about half the cost as the M-1

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I was indeed talking about the Mobile I 10W40 automobile oil (though I have used MX4T in the past). What is the reason you would not use it?
 
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