Does anyone run Shell Rotella Oil in there bikes?

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  1. Jolly705

    Jolly705 Long timer

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    I recently had my kx250f rebuilt (motor) and my mechanic swears by Rotella diesel oil and says he uses it in all his race bikes and has for years without any problems. I was just wondering if anyone else has heard of this or does it? He told me to save my money and buy this stuff that it is just as good as any "motorcycle" specific oil.
    Thoughts...............
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  2. cjracer

    cjracer AWD please!!

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    You're just lookiong for trouble, aren't you?:lol3

    BTW, yes I run it in my GF's F650. So far so good.
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  3. matey peeps

    matey peeps Bead Buddy

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    It's come up before, try searching.

    On a personal note, I've used it for many many thousands of miles in both singles and multis and have been very pleased. Not to mention it's readily available and cheap.

    Of course there are people who will tell you that your motor will crater and you'll die if you use anything other than OEM branded oil.

    YMMV.
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  4. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    I use it in all my stuff (bikes and diesel truck), have been for years. I use the 5w-40 synthetic stuff as its much easier starting in cold weather and I ride year round. The dino stuff is fine imho if your not starting in cold weather often.
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  5. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    I use it in my ST1100 and my KLR. Been running it for 4 years, no problems. I use the Dino stuff.
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  6. AugustFalcon

    AugustFalcon Long timer

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    Yep, I use it in my BMW R1100SA. Works great.

    Here is a link to one of the better IMHO oil posts on the web:

    http://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/Oils1.html
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  7. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    Yep, I run it in all my bikes and my cars. I've been using it for over 3 years now.
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  8. Jolly705

    Jolly705 Long timer

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    Thanks for the feedback so far. Keep it coming :clap

    I am breaking the motor in now so I am using the Rotella 15w 40 (Non Syn)but afterwards I was thinking of switching the Syn Rotella if I get some positive feedback I might as well try it
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  9. WaterWheel

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    I just switched to the Rotella in my KTM, from Golden Spectro. I researched it a bit and I've heard nothing negative. (Unless you talk to an Amsoil Nazi).
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  10. rdsmith3

    rdsmith3 Long timer

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    I have not used it in my bike, but I did use it in an '89 Porsche 911 I used to own (pre-divorce) without any problems. Lots of Porsche owners use this stuff for the older air/oil cooled engines because it is about a 10 quart oil change for that engine.

    At BJ's wholesale club, I saw it for $33 or so for eight gallons, which is about $1/quart.
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  11. M2

    M2 where 2 ride today?

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    I use it in my K1100 and cars. No oil related problems.
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    Flash412 Elk Biffer

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  13. soboy

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    I use Rotella in all my motorcycles - my VStrom ran especially well on the 5W-40 synthetic. Currently, I am using the dino as I couldn't find the synthetic at Walmart last time I needed some. But I'll switch back to the syn as soon as I can find it. Either way, Rotella is a very high quality oil that works particularly well in motorcycles, at a great price.
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  14. slideways

    slideways permanent ex-pat

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    I run the Shell Rimula X which is pretty much the same as the Rottella just sold under a different name in this part of the world. Good stuff.
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  15. DELTATANGO

    DELTATANGO Motorcyclist and Dog Walk

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    It's supposed to be good stuff.
    I put in in an old wang that I had and the clutch went to shit.
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  16. yater

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    I run it in all of my bikes. I run the 15w-40 regular in the summer/spring/fall and the 5w synthetic in the "winter" (Texas)
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    Cogswell Spudly Adventurer

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    I run it in both the bikes and riding mower as well. No problems here.

    Mike
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  18. MasterChief

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    I'm running the 5w40 in a couple of bikes. Works great and is cheap by the gallon at wally world.
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  19. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

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    The 5w-40 synthetic made the clutch in my K1200R slip. I see a lot of responses about oil where the poster writes that it worked well. What does that mean? The engine held together. It seems that most people who make a fuss about oil halve the factory oil change interval. If so, any oil will will work fine and not function noticeably different from any other.

    Another thought. Why all the excitement about diesel oil. Diesel trucks max out their rpms at about 3k rpm. Big diesels use the engine oil only for the engine not the transmission or clutch which shears the oil. Diesels tend to soot up the oil. Diesel rated oil has lots of additives to suspend the soot. Heavy doses of additives can make it past the rings and leave deposits in the combustion chanber which can become incandescent and serve a pilot for pre-ignition and detonation. Diesels are compression ignition. The principle that makes a diesel run is immune to pre-ignition. Have fun.
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  20. AugustFalcon

    AugustFalcon Long timer

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    Better base stock and the additive package is closer to that of the motorcycle branded oils while being cheaper due to the larger market. Take a look at the link I left above.
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