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Waiting for a start time for a movie today (Casino Royal), I killed some time looking at brands of oils and filters in a auto dept at Wally World.

Now I know not to use oil that labeled "Energy Conserving", but how do you choose the "brand" of oil & filter you use, dino or synthetic?

Advice from a friend?
Honda oil?
Always loyal to one brand?
Price?
What worked for years of riding?
Smooth shifting?
Certain brand works great in your cage?

I been using Honda's oil and have one more gallon left, and will need some in the future.

Cheers!
 

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I hear "Snake Oil" a lot - must be good stuff.
 
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Ok guy's, I'm asking the question WHY you choose what you use.

If I got to keep the questions motorcycle related here, let's keep the anwers motorcycle related also please.

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oil and filter

I use all Honda filters and oil (syn.) because I do all my own maintenance and just feel better knowing that IF I did have a problem mother honda cant say I was using the wrong kind of oil and filter. I know I dont have to use theirs but it makes me feel better . 101,884 miles and NO problems yet.
 

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I agree. If Honda says they want me to use their stuff at their intervals, so be it. It's there baby till the year 2010. After that..............
 

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Good luck, you will get a thousand reasons why or why not to use a particular oil.
I use Amsoil synthetic lubricants and filters in ALL my vehicles, period.
Not just my bike.
I saw the handwriting on the wall years ago while in the U.S. Navy, as I was aboard several ships powered by gas turbine engines that use synthetic lubricants...and I wondered, why?
Did my research on the why and why not to use synthetic, and the only "why not" was if you didn't want to spend more than conventional oil.
As the benefits of using synthetic lubricants greatly outweigh any reason not to use it, I started using it and have not looked back.

This was in the 80's when Amsoil was still in it's relative infancy.
I found a dealer here that sold it, and have been with it ever since.

Additionally, I recently became an Amsoil dealer myself, with Bulldog as my sponsor.

I'm sure you will hear all the "snake oil" stories, etc...and that is entirely up to you what you may or may not believe.

Like Bulldog says, "If you like it, I love it!", whatever oil you decide to use.

Whew...didn't mean to be so long winded... but have a great day, and Happy Thanksgiving to all!! :)
 

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I use Amsoil because I think/feel/believe it is best based upon my research along with the research and experience of other people. I use Honda filters so there is no issue with Honda should a problem arise.
 

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I use Kawasaki oil from my local dealer BECAUSE the nearest Honda dealer is 25 miles away. Also we live in a small town and he is the only motorcycle dealer in town. I feel if I can't buy the bike from him (Kawi no longer makes the Voyager II) the best I can do is buy whatever I can from him. I used the Kawi oil for 20 years had great luck with it and figure it has everything in it the Honda needs. After all the oil could be the same, just packaged with different labels, could come from the same refinary.
I just want to help the dealer keep his doors open as much as I can, he will get my tire buisness also. Other wise I will have to travel the 25 miles to a small Honda dealer or 90 miles to a large dealer.
 

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Use the oil that makes you feel good. Honda can't void your warranty because you use another brand of oil and filter, unless they are willing to provide that oil and filter free of charge (Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act).

I use Honda filters because I use them to get my orders from HDL over $100 for fee shipping and no handling charges. :)

I use Shell Rotella-T syn (in the blue jug) from wally world because it is relatively inexpensive, is not energy conserving, is available most everywhere, and my bikes all seem to like it. YMMV.
 

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I use Shell Rotella-T 5W-40 full synthetic. It meets the higher "C" diesel specs and the lower "S" gas specs. Most, if not all, diesel oils will meet the same specs. If you understand the difference between spark ignition engines and compression ignition engines, you will understand why "C" spec oils are heavy duty. Their additive packages have more shear protection (great for integral transmissions) and more soot control (they'll hold particles, that make it throught the filter, in suspension longer leading to less sludge build-up) than "S" spec oils, including motorcycle specific oils. Couple that with a SuperTech filter, and an oil change will cost about $17.
 
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