I have tried almost all of the motor oils that are popular for the Wing and some which are no longer available. 125,000 miles and it makes no great difference except for cost and how long the oil lets the tranny shift smoothly. I now use the 15-40 Shell Rotella heavy duty oil that has an excellent additive package for zink and phosphorus and is relatively inexpensive. 5-40 Shell T-6 is excellent also, but a little more costly for no extra benefit that I can "feel". 100,000 on banana oil would probably be OK on this bike.
well, what I was hoping to show is pretty much what has been posted. That even with a good dino oil these bikes will last forever. Of course all have been diesel so far. Be interesting to see someone with that high of mileage that used something like GN4.
As far as posts of ones that ever had a issue, really dont think there would be any posts.:lol:
This has come up a few times and most of the high mileage guys will tell you they used pretty generic oil. (IE...nothing too fancy or expensive)
I think Shell Rotella 15W-40 Dyno or the 5W-50 Synthetic seems to be the most widely used.
I personally believe that changing more often is more important than what you use.
I also like value and those high dollar oil changes really add up.
If you change per the manual and change the first one at 4K and then 8K thereafter you will have 13 oil changes in 100K miles.
If you use Rotella 15W-40, it is $13 a gallon just about everywhere. Add a decent oil filter and you can change for well under $25 so you'll spend $325 on oil changes every 100K miles.
If you use a high end oil like Amsoil, you'll pay $13 a quart so an oil change will cost you around $65 with a good filter so you'll spend about $845 for the same 100K miles.
It seems most of the people that keep the bike for 100's of thousands of miles are value conscious and prefer to save the $520. The other people seem to trade their bikes more often and will say that it's silly to save $40 on an oil change for a $25K bike and would much rather spend the extra $520 over 100K miles if they kept their bike that long to know that they had the best oil in their bike.
Bottom line...In my opinion it seems to be more about peoples tendency to be frugal vs. upgrade and have the best that drives oil choices rather than an actual performance difference.
Your money...your choice.
Oh...and if it matters I use Rotella 5W-40 because I like the 5W part of it for when you are starting cold. I've recently made this switch from the Rotella 15W-40. My oil change is now about $30 and I change every 5K miles so I'll spend $600 in oil changes every 100K miles. (I guess I'm about halfway between the frugal and the "have the best" guys.)