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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-14-2014, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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Bottom line me please!!!

Ok, we have an entire section devoted to oil, I see so many different reasons/thoughts My head is spinning.

Bottom line, I am in Southern California, desert, hot. What is THE best protection for me?

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I rarely participate in Oil Threads, but since you asked the direct question

Motul 300V 15W-50
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Honda HP4S.
I haven't tried Motul though.

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I rarely participate in Oil Threads, but since you asked the direct question

Motul 300V 15W-50

So for the less experienced (such as myself)...why 15w-50 over 10w-40? Does it provide better protection at the higher heats because of the higher viscosity?

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High heat all the time a little thicker is always mo betta'. At Barber and Road Atlanta where the ambient temp always seemed to hover around 100*° at 200% humidity and I always ran 20W-50 in the old pig when it was track only and used it most of the time for street duty too in the stifling heat of Memphis.

I cannot swear to it, but I bet the owners manual has a chart in there showing the temp ranges and acceptable viscosity for them.
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High heat all the time a little thicker is always mo betta'. At Barber and Road Atlanta where the ambient temp always seemed to hover around 100*° at 200% humidity and I always ran 20W-50 in the old pig when it was track only and used it most of the time for street duty too in the stifling heat of Memphis.

I cannot swear to it, but I bet the owners manual has a chart in there showing the temp ranges and acceptable viscosity for them.

Thanks, I figured as much but wanted to confirm. I'll give it a shot next track season

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My weather and activity, I use Castrol 10W40. The 20W50 is for the warmer climates.

My change interval is about 1,800 ~ 2,200 miles, depending on how hard I ride and clutch feel.



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i run shell rotella 15w40 year round. $13 for a gallon, and $8 wix filter. not sure why people run such high dollar stuff in their street machine, but to each their own.
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Im no expert, but I feel rotella is exceptional for all general purpose machinery, and I use it as such. But for track use, where the bike is basically full throttle all the time I do prefer the motul it is exceptional and the price reflects it, and it might just be piece of mind but for extreme use oil is cheaper than the metal it protects. And I ditto the viscosity preferences above.
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Thanks everyone, I live in and ride in the desert, when my bike arrives it will get Motul 300V 15W-50..

Thanks again!
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