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jonmgoo

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jonmgoo says:

Bike oil rip off?

I often wonder why bike oil is more expensive than car oil? We as bikers often pay a premium for our oil in comparison with car oil. What is the difference between synthetic bike oil & synthetic car oil? If you walk into any bike dealers & ask for a type of oil that they would recomend, they will always...

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kuryakin

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kuryakin says:

It is a rip off

Bike oil is a rip off and is designed to appeal to our sense of getting some perceived performance improvement. Like oil additives, its just not true. High performance car engines are well protected by off the shelf regular oils so why not bikes? Rev's mean nothing engine load and temperature break down oil integrity. I'm sure a turbo Scania engine pulling 40 tonne for hundreds of miles suffers more load than a free revving modern bike. Detergents are designed to clean the internal, they do not make bike clutches slip, inappropriate use of oil additives will though.

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bmcwi

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bmcwi says:

BMWs

GTRmick check if your Beemer has a dry clutch, like my K75S did. Bikes with dry clutches need not use Bike specific oil, as the oil doesn't lube the clutch. I do know of people who've tried car oil and had clutch slip on wet-clutch bikes. Personally, I use Hein Gericke's basic 10-40 4L for £13.99 oil. That's good value. I laughed when Yamaha brought out their Yamalube range. How much?!! LOL no chance. There's people spouting on about getting what you pay for with oil, but how does anyone know what the basic product costs to produce versus its retail price? For all I know HG make £2 on their cheapest oil versus £10 for the £25 Motul stuff. Altho they still do their free oil & air filter deal with Motul, thats an easy tenners worth too....

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sander6san

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sander6san says:

Oil

After putting high-performance Oil in of an american manufacturer, my VFR Vtec, which I use for commuting, became about 10% more fuel efficient. Is this possible? I have heard 1% to 2% when switching from one grade to another. Anyway, it is back from a service (not done at Honda), so back to "ordinary" Oil. Let's see if there is any effect. I will await the proposed study from MCN.

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DaveDragon

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DaveDragon says:

Bike oil rip off?

The Marketing Machine makes us want the best of what ever we need, and often the only real difference is the price we're willing to pay for a "premium" or "purpose specific" products.

Any high-end oil will do, just be cognizant of wet/dry clutch applications.

-Dave

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jonmgoo

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jonmgoo says:

MCN

I have contacted MCN about doing a proper study but ive heard nothing from them!! I wonder if MCN are afraid of upsetting some of their advertisers??? If that turns out to be the case, then who do MCN value more? their readers? or their advertisers?? If you feel that bikers are being ripped off or if you simply want to know the truth, then contact MCN (email or phone)& ask them to persue this subject.

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