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Old 01-23-2007, 09:03 AM   #31
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i would personally be interested in seeing a chemical engineer who designs these types of products post something on the topic.





a dear friend of mine is a Ph.D in mechanical engineering, and has worked for the austrian version of texaco/shell/etc for over twenty years designing gas turbine applications here in eastern europe. i had a long talk with him about oil, something he deals with daily, and his thinking was to simply follow the manufacturers' recommendations on oil and oil changes; be slightly more careful if you are one to use your bike daily, ride at constant high-rpm, or ride in particularly dusty or wet climates. meaning, if the manufacturer recommends two 10w-40 oil changes a year, and you ride hard, three oil changes per year of 10w-40 wouldn't hurt anything. doing less than the manufacturers' recommended maintenance is not smart; doing slightly more doesn't hurt, although it might be somewhat wasteful if your riding style and climate don't warrant it.





anecdotally schlockish, yes, but i stick to this recommended maintenance, and sometimes slightly more when necessary plan because of personal contact with someone who is certifiably much more educated about physical mechanics than i. and i have an altar to ba'al upon which i sacrifice live chickens after every oil change.
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Old 01-23-2007, 10:21 AM   #32
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My long gone and much beloved Grandpa was a boiler/turbine unit supervisor for GA Power. The engineers told him that they never changed the oil in a turbine. But no products of combustion either. We used to argue about this - he'd cite the engineers and I'd cite CYCLE mag.



I kinda like the chicken thing. I think that would work!
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Old 01-23-2007, 12:27 PM   #33
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it's a little known fact that ba'al was the druid god of industrial lubricants. ...stonehenge?
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