Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Harrisburg , PA, USA
Re: Simple regular vs. synthetic oil question
My Road Glide ran 13 degrees cooler with Synth oil. This by a heat gun and the oil temp gauge.
I use it in everything I run.
Here in PA I use 20-50 summers and 10-40 winters.
Way too much data on the benefits of true PAO oil.
The biggest thing is cost. If you don't loose the traditional mentality of our Dads on changing oil every 2500-3000.
The thing is at 6000 miles you can just change the filter and top it off
(Except on this bike) run it to 12,000 and drop the oil and new filter. This is where the benefit and a break-even cost are for a PAO Synthetic.
Well not all the benefit, it will without a doubt reduce oil temps, does not break down or sheer until a much higher temp then dino, and is quicker to flow on cold starts because of its molecular structure.
Now on our bikes I have used it in the FD and Transmission since 600 miles. I change all at every 3000 mile. I wanted to get 15,000 on before I switched. That on my Service Manager's advice, I would have done it at 600 otherwise.
So another couple of 1000 and I will switch over and use the brand of oil I use with its matching filter, and start going the 6000 with no worries, well will continue to do the FD every 3000 to keep an eye on it.
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