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What brand and type of oil do you use in your Wing and why?
I think that most guys are just afraid of oil threads. They shouldn't be afraid of this one because I'm here to block for them. I just want to know what kind of oil they use and why and if anyone starts an argument I'll throw the bum out.
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
Founder of gl1200goldwings.com

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#16 08-28-2007, 06:49 AM,
There are a lot of different oils out there and I am not sure what one is best. I personally don't have any oil knowledge other than what I read about. When I read a debate about oil people seem to have very strong ideas on what oil to use and some even go as far as to call most other oils down except for what they use. I picked oil that is sold in a lot of bike shops because it says motorbike oil and I know some people that use it. I use EXL 10-40. This oil seems to work ok for me. I am not sure if it is the best choice but I know it works and is safe to use. My motor seems to run good, I don’t have to add oil between changes, I pay $26. for 4 liters and I can get it almost anywhere.
Ride safe have fun and enjoy. Lane
1985 Aspencade
2002 Vulcan
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#17 08-28-2007, 10:59 AM,
Any idea what brand that is Lane or is that the brand?
Ed (Vic) Belanger - 1954-2015
Founder of gl1200goldwings.com

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#18 08-28-2007, 11:03 AM,
I had a reply from Quaker State concerning the Peak Performance 20-50 SL grade oil. They said that there are no friction modifiers in the oil in question and that it is safe for use with a wet clutch.
The only stupid questions are the one's that are not asked.

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#19 08-28-2007, 01:55 PM,
admin Wrote:Any idea what brand that is Lane or is that the brand?

Yes Vic, it is BelRay EXP. It comes in synthetic, semi-synthetic and mineral base oil.
Here is a study that I have been reading, you might find it interesting.
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Ride safe have fun and enjoy. Lane
1985 Aspencade
2002 Vulcan
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#20 08-28-2007, 02:28 PM,
For my totally air cooled RoadStar I use Rotella Synthetic 5W40 since the first 1K miles. The motor immediately was much quieter. This GW I bought four month ago and the prior owner said he was using Mobil1 Syn. I really don't know what I should use... probably will try the Rotella since I have a stock on hand.
Bill

1984 Aspencade - Pearl Blue/Grey
2004 RoadStar - White
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#21 08-28-2007, 05:24 PM,
Strictly Shell rotella 15W40 for me.

I ran this oil in my big rigs for years, some of these trucks are still on the road with well over 1 million miles on them.

A great oil with no friction additives to screw the clutch.

Jim
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#22 08-28-2007, 06:01 PM,
Delvac 1300 15w 40w I use it in about everything. Have used it in the nomad since new, it now has 22,000 miles with no trouble.
!984 Goldwing Aspencade, 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad
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#23 09-20-2007, 04:58 PM,
I've used Honda GN4 10W40 ever since I've had the 'Wing. Little pricier than some but I figure I should use what the manufacturer recommends.
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#24 09-20-2007, 05:29 PM,
I have been using 100% synthetic for two years now. I started the year before with 50/50 and it shifted so nicely and quietly that I tried 100% and never looked back. Man that stuff is good. Higher mileage and quieter and smoother, easier shifts.
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#25 09-20-2007, 05:39 PM,
Royal Purple Synthetic 10W30. I've used the RP on my Roadstar with good results, so I thought I'd try it on the Goldwing too. Seems to run quieter, but I'll have to put some more miles on it to see for sure.
John
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#26 10-19-2007, 05:13 PM,
Way back when I got my first Wing my local Honda Dealer told me he used Kendall GT-1 10W40.It was advertised as a good anti-foaming oil for higher rpm's.Couldn't swear to that but I did like the oil and used it right up until lately.Can't seem to be able to get it anywhere around here now.Years later I was in JC Cycle in Wasaga Beach looking around I noticed that he used the same oil and as some of you know he does quite a bit of Wing work.If I find a supplier for it I'll go back to it in a minute.As for the 1500 I thought I would go with the Honda oil and filter but when I got to the dealer and asked him where it was he told me he didn't stock it and definitely wouldn't recommend it.Then to top it off I read a few studies on oil filters and found out that Fram builds Honda's spin on filters and that they were one of the worst rated filters in the study.Right now I'm using an AC Delco filter(recommended in the study) and Shell Rotella T 5W40.It works OK but I'm not really on the band wagon yet.I purchased it after a lot of the 1500 guy's on Steve's site said they used it with good results.Still on the hunt for GT-1.Actually I think I'll Google it and see what I can find out.
Fatwing Chris
If Id'a known it would last this long I would've taken better care of it !!!
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#27 10-19-2007, 06:11 PM,
Mr Wizard Wrote:I have been using 100% synthetic for two years now. I started the year before with 50/50 and it shifted so nicely and quietly that I tried 100% and never looked back. Man that stuff is good. Higher mileage and quieter and smoother, easier shifts.

Same results as Mr Wizard.

Switched to synthetic and will never switch back.
Quieter, smoother shifting, cooler running.
Gets changed once a year, whether it needs it or not.
114,000 miles (not kms) and still running great.

Douce
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#28 10-19-2007, 08:59 PM,
I switched mine over to Amsoil syn motorcycle oil and so far I'm impressed with everything but the price.
It had Honda oil in it when I purchased it and it always smoked real bad when cold especially after sitting for a week.
My Uncle who has owned several wings swears by the Amsoil so I robed the retirement fund and bought some.
1)The oil burning at startup is completely gone.
2)The hyd lifters are much quieter.
3)It shifts smother.
1985 Ltd.
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#29 10-20-2007, 01:46 AM,
there are three things I am certain of in life!

brand of oil, brand of tyres, and fastest color!

mobil1, dunlop, BLUE

opps... four.... deer alerts do not work (not that I have posted on that thread)
78 GL1000 (original owner), 86 1200 with motorvation sidecar (wife's), 05 Road King, and 75 frame and lots of parts
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