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Old 05-26-2004, 07:25 AM   #21
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Thats Harley-bikers, Triumph riders are drinking tea and breaking the ton between cafe`s
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Old 05-26-2004, 07:56 AM   #22
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Great link on the additives. Thanks.
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Old 05-26-2004, 08:01 AM   #23
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My Harley manual says nothing about oil "changes" per-se, but it does have a little blurb on page 15 how to "add" oil. What a novel idea. Why change, when one can just add? Save a can of 60 wt.
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Old 05-26-2004, 08:04 AM   #24
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Costco and tools go together like drinking and motorcycle riding--they don't. Any least purchase some "reputable" tools, even if it is at Sears, not some "poly-want-some-wing-wong" rubbish being passed off as tools at bloody Costco!
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Old 05-26-2004, 08:06 AM   #25
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First, Yossef home-fixes the camcorder and now he does his own motorcycle maintenance? Is MO paying him enough?
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Old 05-26-2004, 08:08 AM   #26
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Yossef, Kindly get your arse on a Triumph Rocket III for a road test and report back!
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Old 05-26-2004, 08:20 AM   #27
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It's kind of like the old Jaguars. You never had to change the oil because by 3000 miles you would have replaced all of it anyway.
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Old 05-26-2004, 08:43 AM   #28
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Default Re: We don' need no stinkin' road test

It's fast, it's cool, it's got tons of torque and it's a Triumph

Go buy one.
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Old 05-26-2004, 08:52 AM   #29
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Mobil 1 works fine but it's overpriced. I prefer to use Shell Rotella T Synthetic - it's great oil, has no friction modifiers to make wet clutches slip, and.... Wal-Mart sells it for $12.84 a gallon! No adverse effects on shifting either.



If I'm gonna use a petroleum oil I prefer Shell Rotella T, Mobil Delvac or Chevron Delo (about $6/gallon). These are all commercial grade "heavy duty" 15W-40 oils that are perfect for Motorcycle use in bikes that use a *W-40 oil - if yours needs a *W-50 oil (Harleys?) you might need to look elsewhere though.



Another note on synthetics - there are VERY few "true" synthetics on the market any more, most oils labeled synthetic (including the Rotella I use) are really "Group III" oils, which are actually very highly refined petroleum based oils. They perform almost as well as true synthetics but cost the manufacturers half as much to produce (although no one lowered their prices after switching to these formulations, go figure). If it matters to you, the only true synthetic oils I know of any more are Amsoil, and Motul makes a few formulations. I also hear Mobil Delvac 1 is "real", but this is not confirmed.



http://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/Oils1.html
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Old 05-26-2004, 08:55 AM   #30
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My toolkit was a bit more sparse when I started changing my own oil. I had one of those "home handyman" kits. Hammer, screw driver, and an adjustable wrench. I combined that with the bikes mini-toolkit and a catch pan for the oil. Getting off the filter was done by spiking the filter with the screw driver and then taking it off. Messy, but it works on every size filter. Put on the new filter and tight and next time it takes less work to get it off.



Every time I change my oil now I indulge myself with $10 worth of tools. After five years I've got enough where I can change the oil with relative ease.
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