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Automotive Oil And Motorcycle
Oil Are Not The Same
have specific requirements that automotive oils may not address.
One of the sure
signs of summer is the abundance of motorcycles operating
on the roads across North America. And if it seems like there
are more motorcycles than ever on the highways and byways,
that's because there are. In 2012, nearly 9.5 million motorcycles
were registered in the U.S. alone. That figure has grown by
more than 47% since 2002, when the total was slightly more
than 5 million. Motorcycle culture and the thrill of the open
road bring thousands of new riders and enthusiasts into the
hobby every year. Although many "gear heads" love
working on their bikes, few want to be doing repairs or experiencing
downtime from riding that could be prevented by basic maintenance.
As with any vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine,
proper lubrication is essential to ensure performance and
In the past, it
was common for motorcycles to run on engine oils designed
for four-stroke automobile engines. And if you spend any time
on online motorcycle forums, you'll see plenty of folks
still advocating the use of automotive oil for motorcycles.
What is their rationale? They're looking to save a couple
bucks on a quart of oil, as the majority of oils blended specifically for motorcycle
applications are more expensive per quart than their automotive
counterparts. But is using auto oil in your motorcycle a good
There are several
reasons why motorcycle oils are better for your bike than
fundamentally different lubrication requirements than automobiles.
This is due primarily to differences in both engine design
and vehicle applications. Motorcycles often operate under
more severe conditions than passenger cars. They usually run
faster, are air-cooled and share an oil sump between the engine,
clutches and gears. The oil, therefore, must lubricate not
only the engine, but the transmission and, in the case of wet-clutch motorcycles,
the clutches, too. Many automotive oils, because of fuel economy
requirements, are now formulated with friction modifiers.
In a motorcycle with a wet clutch, these additives cause clutch
slip and power loss.
are different, too. While many of us rely on a car or truck
for year-round day-to-day transportation and for longer road
trips, motorcycles are often ridden seasonally, on weekends
or on shorter trips. These trips often occur during warm summer
weather, when the cooling system has to work
even harder. Thus, a motorcycle lubricant must protect against
high temperatures and high engine rpm while providing smooth
wet-clutch operation and protecting gears and chains from
operational pressure extremes. Because of these factors, many
motorcycle oils are engineered with high viscosity to help
prevent gear pitting, oil burn-off and oil consumption.
viscosity is critical to ensure components remain
protected. The high rpm and shared oil sumps common to motorcycles
create an environment that promotes shearing. In fact, transmission
gear sets are the leading cause of shear-induced viscosity
loss in motorcycle applications. The oil's shear-stability
and viscosity retention are vital for protecting motorcycles.
are often stored for several months during winter - a time
when condensation can cause rust, which accelerates wear and
can damage engine components. Rust is also a problem inherent
to the shorter drive times motorcycles often endure. If not
combated, rust can cause bearing corrosion which results in
vibration, noise, increased temperatures and catastrophic
failure. Effective motorcycle oils must include rust inhibitors
to keep engines and components free from corrosion.
must also prevent foam from forming, which happens when air
enters the lubricating oil during normal engine and transmission
operation. Foam bubbles entering a lubricated area take the place of
the lubricant film and compress easily, leading to metal-to-metal
contact. Foam also promotes increased oxidation because more
of the oil's surface area is exposed to oxygen. An oil's
tendency to foam should be considered when selecting an oil for your motorcycle.
For many riders,
motorcycles represent significant investments of thousands
of dollars. It only makes sense to protect those investments
with products tailored to address their specific lubrication
requirements. Published, AMSOIL Magazine 07/12.
AMSOIL Signature Series
Synthetic Motor Oil
AMSOIL Signature Series Synthetic
Motor Oils are formulated to meet the latest API SN Resource
Conserving and ILSAC GF-5 industry specifications. AMSOIL
Signature Series Oils include 0W-20, 0W-30, 5W-30 and 10W-30
and represent the very best motor oils AMSOIL has to offer,
allowing motorists to take advantage of maximum extended
drain intervals. AMSOIL Signature Series Synthetic Motor
Oils are recommended for drain intervals of up to 25,000
miles/one year, whichever comes first (15,000 miles/one
year in severe service conditions).
here for more information
Synthetic Motor Oils offer the longest drain intervals
on the market, unsurpassed protection and performance that
effectively extends equipment life and improved fuel economy,
saving customers money at the pump and reducing the nation's
dependence on foreign oil.
The Presidents Desk
Synthetic Diesel Oil Articles and Testimonials
INC. warrants that the use of its lubricants will not cause
mechanical damage to any mechanically sound equipment when
AMSOIL INC. products are used in full compliance with the
company's recommendations and instructions."
synthetic motor oils are formulated to surpass engine test
specifications, offering protection far greater than competing
motor oils for extended drain intervals. Most synthetic oil
manufacturers make no claim to extended drain intervals, deferring
to the maintenance schedule provided by the vehicle manufacturer.
With its unparalleled oil and warranty program, AMSOIL offers
consumers unprecedented protection and economics.
More than 20 years
ago, AMSOIL began using the NOACK volatility test as a comparison
tool and measurement of quality. Back then, nearly every oil
tested side-by-side with AMSOIL synthetic motor oils failed,
and those that passed barely squeaked by. Other oil companies
paid no attention to NOACK results until Ford Motor Company
made it a requirement for service fill oils, validating what
AMSOIL had said all along.
NOACK Volatility Test
Volatility Test determines the evaporation loss
of lubricants in high temperature service. The more
motor oils vaporize, the thicker and heavier they become,
contributing to poor circulation, reduced fuel economy
and increased oil consumption, wear and emissions. AMSOIL
Synthetic Motor Oil resists high temperature volatization
better than other motor oils. AMSOIL Synthetic Motor
Oil maintains peak fuel efficiency and reduces oil consumption
AMSOIL Now An ISO Certified
received ISO 9001:2000 certification of our Quality Management
System (QMS). NSF International Strategic Registrations is
the registrar that has verified our QMS meets the requirements
of the ISO 9001:2000 standard, the most widely utilized quality
standard throughout the world for quality management systems.
ISO standards are used by over 300,000 companies worldwide
setting rigorous standards for businesses, government and
is applicable to any manufacturing and service organization
providing a framework for system development that focuses
on the customer, quality system performance and ongoing improvement.
AMSOIL received ISO 9001:2000 registration under the scope:
synthetic lubricants blending, packaging, and other fulfillment
directly associated with lubricant product.
certification puts AMSOIL in line with some of the most efficient
companies in the world. It is further assurance that the products
and services AMSOIL provides will continue to maintain the
high level of quality the company always demanded.
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