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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old 06-15-2008, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Oil! What a slippery subject...

Let's get the fun started. Who uses what oil, and why? Good results/bad results. Does anyone else like to experiment with changing oil brands/types/weights, or is it just me? Synthetic or dino? Any takers...
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post #2 of 52 (permalink) Old 07-09-2008, 07:42 AM
 
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oil selection

The Honda mechanic who works on my bike is an RC fanatic and he recommended Mobil synthetic. He has tried Ams Oil, Castrol, etc. and even compares synth vs. traditional and feels the synth gives better protection and yet is easier on the starter. I switched to a smaller battery (YTZ7S vs the 12S) to save a bit of weight up high, and running synth oil, no problem at all starting even on a cold Michigan morning. I hope this helps.
What have/are you used/using?
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I gotta tell you, I started the thread because in my mind the jury is still out (and I like to hear what is working for others). My take on the whole subject is really simple. What is used is SECONDARY to how often the oil is changed. Your engine will perform better if the oil has little or no time to break down. Because my RC is used on the track exclusively, I change the oil after every track day and the filter after every other track day. Because of the frequency I've got to marry cost with results. What works for me? Shell Rotella Synthetic...about 15 bucks/gal. from Wally's.
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I've got to believe your right about frequency vs type. Can you re-use synth oils if the filter is changed? I've heard pit monkeys bragging about re-using their synthetic oils and just changing filters. That scares me, but who knows. Have you heard of this?
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It seems that I've heard of the filter switch/no oil switch before. For better or worse here's my reasoning. And, yes, I'm coming from the perspective of track, not street: It costs me $27.00 to do a oil/filter change. ($15.00 for the Rotella and $12.00 for the K&N oil ,filter. I know the arguments concerning using Honda filters in lieu of aftermarket items, including those of good reputation, like K&N products. But that's a WHOLE OTHER topic. The K&N works just fine for me.) Add to that approx. $3.00 tax. For $30.00, give or take, and about one half hour's time, INCLUDING new safety wire for the filter, drain-plug and the plastic fill-hole plug, (I've done it to the point of being able to repeat it in my sleep) and I've got the peace of mind knowing that lubrication issues don't exist, even for the off times when I change the oil only (every other time). I know that the street is a whole other animal, BUT, the approx. 3k miles between oil changes (which is what I think most manufactures recommend) is still too infrequent IMO. When I rode "off track" I'd change it every 1500 miles...both oil and filter.
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Hey I am new to the RC world I just bought this bike off a friend in need of cash and I could not pass up the deal. I'm a gixxer girl I know don't kill me but I am riding the RC now. I have no clue what oil should be used. the bike is an 2002 with less then 6k miles on it full yosh system power commander all that fun stuff. I want to change the fluids before I get hot an heavy on it because I have no clue how these bikes operate I do know they get hot as hell lol. Any help will be great.
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What an open-ended question. Depending on how frequently you change your oil (to me more is better) and how much you want to spend, your choices are pretty wide. I like synthetic because it doesn't break down as quickly. If you go that route remember to get MOTORCYCLE oil that's compatible with the wet clutch your bike has. BTW that's applicable regardless of what oil you choose. Honda oil is fine (it's made by Mobil) and comes in either fossil, semi-synthetic or full synthetic. You can't go wrong with any of these. I would highly recommend you check out the RC51's history. Go to Wikipedia and type in "RC51" it will give you a pretty detailed background. You will also discover that your riding style will change because you now own a bike with VERY linear power as opposed to your GSXR's inline four (or any inline four, regardless of make) which makes power with RPM's. If you really want to see what your bike can do consider doing track days. The RC was SPECIFICALLY made for the track. Unlike most other sportbikes, it's not a streetbike that gets dressed up for the track. Just the opposite! Being in Savannah you've got close proximity to VIR (Virginia Int'l Raceway) and Road Atlanta. Two great tracks. Check out NESBA they're a great trackday organization. GOOD LUCK and HAVE FUN!!!
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what weight would you suggest im in savannah theres not a ton of twisties but its hot as hell and i do ride her often
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You won't go wrong with a good 10-40.
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Why experiment with oil? I'm a firm believer in sticking with what works.
If I bought a used RC51, I would ask the old owner, "What type of oil were you using? How long did you go between changes? Did you ever have any problems with it?"
If the answer to that last question is "No," why fix what ain't broke?
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