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filters, fork oil, gear oil, spline lubes, chain lubes and more!
Chain Lube Comparison Reviews
Motorcycle Chain Lube Reviews
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Chain Lube Reviews
More Automatic Chain Oilers
Lubetronic chain oiler
is also an automatic oiler for motorcycle chains and it has its
proponents. Anyone know if they have a website?
- The CLS Chain Oiler is made
in Germany, it's controlled by a microprocessor to turn on and off automatically
and it has a temperature sensor.
oiler is a manual gravity-fed system that has no moving parts
- Build your own
gravity-fed chain lubrication system
Pro-Oiler has an
"electronically controlled precision electromagnetic pump, insensitive
to temperature and oil viscosity" and it's adjustable while riding.
Motorcycle Lubrication and Oils
Motorcycle Oil and Lubrication Resources
Cycle Center in Hatfield, Pennsylvania has a huge variety of motorcycle
oils, lubes, chain lubes and chemicals from several different manufacturers;
their shipping rates are reasonable.
- Elite Etc
is an oil distribution company and they sell the vaunted Mobil 1
V-Twin in 20W50 and Mobil 1 Racing 4T 10W40 weights at relatively
reasonable prices and sometimes with free shipping.
Motorcycle Lubrication News
NanoLub nanotechnology-based oil additive claims 5% improvement in fuel
Motorcycle Oil Technical Articles
Our advice - don't get
obsessed with oil: the best advice you can find is in the owner's manual.
Don't try to second-guess the factory!
Mobil 1 Motorcycle Oil FAQ
- Mobil claims that Mobil 1 motorcycle oil
has "Additive packages balanced differently for motorcycle engine and
transmission operation" than for automobiles because cars "require
low phosphorus systems and the use of friction modifiers" due to emissions
regulations and other reasons.
- See also the
Mobil 1 Motorcycle Oil
home page with information and links to various motorcycle
lubrication products; many motorcyclists claim that Mobil 1 V-Twin
20W-50 is the best motorcycle oil.
Very good and detailed
"All About Oil" FAQ by Mark Lawrence.
Oil Filters Exposed! Check out this site with photos and text on disassembled
- Lots of
lube info on the F650 owners site.
- Article covering various
oil options (slightly dated); it "seeks to answer questions concerning
use of the latest grade of motor oils in motorcycles".
- Bob Is
the Oil Guy has a huge amount of information on motor oil, including
comparisons, tests and more.
Motorcycle Oil Filters
- Very interesting
engine oil filter report with photos and comparisons of many different
Motorcycle oil filter cross reference page lists commercially
available substitutes for OEM motorcycle oil filters; that page also has
links to other articles on motorcycle oil.
Filters makes "premium quality" replacement oil filters for BMW,
Ducati, H-D, Kawasaki, Moto Guzzi, Yamaha and Suzuki; made in the USA.
Oil Filters Exposed site by Toby Creek; Toby ripped apart many oil filters
to see what's inside.
- Scotts Performance has
stainless steel lifetime
oil filters that filter out particles down to 35 microns; available
for many brands and models (but I don't see them listed on their website).
Oil Filter Wrenches
Classic and Vintage Motorcycle Oil
Lubricants (UK) makes a wide range of motor oil for vintage and classic
bikes, including motorcycle engine storage oil, running-in oil, grease and
- Power Mist gear
oils and lubricants.
- T.S. Moly Lubricants
makes TS-90, a molybdenum additive for gear oils.
- Dow Corning makes M Gear Oil Additive (aka Dow Gear Guard)
a link to a .pdf file with more information.
Fork and Shock Oil
MotoRace fork oil, racing fork oil and gear oil available for purchase
makes fork and shock oil for motorcycles.
- Race Tech (the suspension
folks) make suspension fluid (fork oil) and grease.
Motorcycle Spline Lubes
Note: Older BMW's and other motorcycles
need regular cleaning and greasing of their splines; many other bikes that
are shaft driven need regular spline lubes also (e.g., Moto Guzzi).
has been much debate regarding the best grease to use for this - but everyone's
pretty much in agreement that the BMW recommended red grease #10 doesn't
cut it; and whatever you use, it should be tacky (sticky) and have Molybdenum
disulfide in it.
- Guard Dog Moly Lubricants
makes moly spline lube grease (specifically designed for motorcycle splines),
moly hypoid gear oil and moly-based chain lube.
out the spline lube information for BMW K75's, K100's, Moto Guzzi's
and more on the wBW
- Here is some
selection criteria from Lubrizol.
- Try Honda Moly 60 paste
- many BMW owners swear by it; available via the
Hondaline Online Catalog - Moly 60 Paste - and any Honda dealer should
either have it or be able to get it; around $8.00 per tube, and a tube lasts
about 10 lifetimes.
- Spline Lubers are starting to use sticky
however, it can be hard to buy just one tube; you can get a single tube
for about $4.00 at
- TS Moly
Gear concentrate can also be used as an additive for spline lubes;
the TS-90 product is a molybdenum additive for gear oils; unclear how you
can obtain this stuff.
Krytox, a family of greases for certain applications; very hard to get
a small amount, and unclear as to exactly which type is best.
- Dow Corning makes M Gear Oil Additive (aka Dow Gear Guard) but try
to find info about it on their site!
a link to a .pdf file with more info.
Additives and Chemicals
Motorcycle Cable Lubrication
makes Cable Life motorcycle cable lubrication kits.
- Motion Pro makes
motorcycle cable lube tools
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From "R.D." (3/09): "In over 40 years
of riding I have never bought MC specific motor oil for (either) dry clutch
(Moto Guzzis) or wet clutch (Suzuki, Yamaha) motors.
But I will say
my motors hardly ever get up to 7K rpm or higher too. If they do it's
not for long.
But I have owned since new a `91 Suzuki VX 800 with 80K miles on it now
and never have I had a motor/clutch problem with it using car 10W-40 oil
the whole time.
But I do change the oil every 2K miles the filter
every 6K miles.
I also have used 10W-40 or 20W-50 auto oil in my `81 Guzzi with 110K
miles on the motor for over 20 years. On this bike I change the auto
oil every 2K mi. and the filter every 10K mi.
The Guzzi spends most
it's time in the 3,500 to 4,500 rpm range and has a dry automotive type
In total I have 6 - 2 or 3 wheel rigs and all of them run with auto oils.
I have never regretted it."
From "B.M.": Referring to the issue of
motorcycle specific oil vs. automotive oil used in motorcycles)
"...There is the comment (from an old Motorcycle Consumer News article
on motorcycle oil) "The viscosity of petroleum-based oils, whether
designed for auto or motorcycle application, drop at approximately the same
rate when used in a motorcycle." and "There is no evidence that
motorcycle-specific oils out-perform their automotive counterparts in viscosity
retention when used in a motorcycle."
I do not doubt these statements but they ignore two pertinent issues.
viscosity retention is not the only measure of an oil's ability to protect
an engine. Many motorcycles have flat tappet cam & rocker arm
interfaces, which create high shear stresses.
Newer automotive oils have removed the additives most beneficial in resisting
these stresses (zinc? I'm not sure). This is a characteristic of the "Energy
Conserving" oils recommended for modern automotive engines.
don't have any evidence of failures due to this in motorcycle engines, but
I have seen evidence of failures in older automotive engines.
Two, clutch operation is NOT equal between moto & auto oils. I
recently "just tried" an oil change with Valvoline 4-Stroke Motorcycle
oil. I had been using Havoline 10w-40 (non-energy conserving), and
difference was astounding.
With the auto oil, I thought I was about
due for a new clutch. I had to work at getting a smooth engagement
without excessive slippage. With the moto oil, the clutch bite was
much better and still smooth.
I know that many moto oils are quite expensive, but the Valvoline is only
slightly more expensive than auto oils, so cost is no longer an issue.
For me, it's a no-brainer. I'm sold on moto oils now."