Can you use synthetic oils?

Discussion in 'Oil' started by michiganbiker, Sep 18, 2006.

  1. michiganbiker

    michiganbiker Member

    I have a friend that swears that you have to use synthetic oil in your bikes. I never did when I had mine and never had any problems. Do you use synthetic, why or why not?
  2. GhostRider

    GhostRider Member

    Well your friend is right, from my experience and other fellow riders like myself, we swear by AMSOIL which is what most use. Its for high- stress motorcycle engines and transmissions and its really the best that is out there in my opinion.
  3. harleyhog

    harleyhog Member

    I agree with GhostRider on this one, I as well as anyone that I know that has a Harley will not use anything but Amsoil in our bikes. I have used this in my bike since the day of purchase in late 1997 and I have never had any regrets.
  4. johalber

    johalber Member

    actually, if you use premium synthetic motorcycle oil like "amsoil" there are some benefits. the engine runs cooler, extended drain intervals and longer service life. Synthetic motor oils offer numerous performance advantages over the regular petroleum based oils. But i dont know most of the riders discouraged from embracing synthetic oil trend.

  5. dynamike

    dynamike Member

    Synthetic oils run cooler. They also have some other additives that make them better performing under certain conditions than petroleum based oils.

    However, Harleys leak oil. Especiallt older bikes. When you run a thinner oil, you have to keep an eye our for your level. I check mine about once every fill-ups.

    I think that's why some older bikers don't like sythetics.

    There's also Royal Purple and Mobil1.
  6. redneck

    redneck Banned

    Oil is the lifeblood of your engine. Why would you want to not run the best you can. There's tons of good info out there to help you make the best choice. I read a really good article on synthetic

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  7. Jdavidson

    Jdavidson Member

    Yup, synthetics are definitly better than others, They actually did some tests on some popular big name brands and some were way better in some area's, If I findthe link to where you can find the study, I will post it shortly.
  8. H-D 4 Life

    H-D 4 Life Member

    I have a friend who bought an older bike from another friend. The bike never leaked when it was run on a regular basis, but if he let it sit for awhile (which he did after buying a newer one) it would leak.

    The friend that bought the bike switched to synthetic and the leak disappeared and has never come back.

    Why is this? Because synthetic oils swell the seals (sort of like the old trick of adding trans fluid), however once you switch to a synthetic oil (whether in your bike or car) you can never go back to regular oil. Why? because the seals will shrink beyond their normal size and cause you major leaks.

    In my experience with my 1200 Sportster, the synthetic DID make it run cooler (something you need here in FL during the summer months) but made the valve noise in the upper part of the heads much more noticable.

    If you run for 5000 miles between changes, which HD now recomends, then switching over is probably a good idea. I used Amsoil in the Sporty, but I think with the new bike I will proabbly go with Screaming Eagle brand. HD says that you can use Sreaming Eagle brand in both engine and trans.

    ALSO if you ever need to add a differnt brand of oil at some time other than what you are currently running (say your on the road and are running low) you should change your oil as soon as possible. Different oils have different mixes inside and and mixing the mixes can cause a chemical reaction inside your engine (not good).

    In any case to use or not to use synthetic is purely a personal choice.

    Last edited: Nov 22, 2006