Motorcycle Engine Oil Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's / FAQs)
See below for Castrol links and their Motorcycle Oil Q&A videos
See also: BMW / Castrol Engine Oil - Q&A
So, here we go again, one of the most (if not the most.....tyres maybe?!) talked about subjects on pretty much any motorcycle online community or forum - all those engine oil related questions!
What do all the numbers on the oil container mean (20W/50 or 10W40 etc, viscosity, API classification and so on)? ~ Are synthetic oils better? (better than mineral oils or semi-synthetic oils?) ~ Is Castrol (or any other brand) better than Silkolene (or any other brand)? ~ Can I use car engine oil in my motorcycle?.......and all the many other questions about motorcycle engine oils.
I've started this page (23Mar2010) as a result of coming across Castrol's motorcycle oil dedicated website (see below for Castrol links and their Motorcycle Oil Q&A videos) and will as time permits add more information. For now here's a few links to other web sites/pages I've found via Google searches:
Opie Oils - Motorcycle Oils Technical Info
UK oil supplier - their resource of information covering various aspects of the products they sell and vehicles they are designed for. Oil Specifications - Manufacturers - Rants & Raves - Technical Articles - Glossary of terms - Oil addatives - Synthetics myths... and lots more.
Bob Is The Oil Guy (BITOG) began in May 2002 with a handful of participants and now the oil forums have over 31,000 registered members. And we have well-respected tribologists, chemists, and oil analysis professionals who regularly participate and contribute their knowledge and expertise. Unlike most private motor oil web sites, Bob Is The Oil Guy is not about selling you something. It's about educating you so you can make informed decisions about the life blood of your engine: motor oil.
...and if you really want to dig deep:
A Study of Motorcycle Oils (Second Edition) by AmsOil (they state "There is no hype, no sales pitch, just facts. Never before has so much information on motorcycle oils been delivered in one easy-to-understand source." but AmsOil commissioned the report so a cynic may suspect some bias?!
Castrol motorcycle oils dedicated web site: www.castrolmoto.com
Castrol Moto - "THE HOME OF CASTROL MOTORCYCLE OIL"
Check out CastrolMoto.com for lots of information and advice on motorcycle engine oils - some specific to the Castrol brand but a lot of useful 'generic' advice and information as well. I found the section on motorcycle oil R&D (Research and Development) very interesting.
Castrol Motorcycle Oils product range: www.castrolmoto.com/en/our_oils.php
Expert answers from Castrol (Castrol Rider Support: http://www.castrolmoto.com/en/rider_support.php)
A series of short but informative videos from Castrol in response to frequently asked questions on the subject of motorcycle engine oil: Motorcycle Engine Oil Q&A (Questions and Answers)1. Can I use a car engine oil in a motorcycle?
2. …and what if I have a dry clutch? (or in the case of the R1200 BMW Boxer engines e.g. R1200GS a seperate gearbox / transmission i.e. dearbox/clutch seperate from engine oil)
3. What is the function of engine oil in a motorcycle?
4. What are the most critical areas where the oil flows?
5. What’s the function of the oil filter?
6. Can an engine oil improve performance or is it only for engine protection?
7. Why do some OEM’s recommend low viscosity oil?
8. What does a Moto GP engine use as oil?
9. Can I use the same oil at extreme external temperatures?
10. Can I use a track day oil for road driving?
11. What does ‘deposit’ mean?
12. What effect can a very thick oil have on the engine/gearbox/clutch?
Follow the link below for more videos from Castrol including: Castrol Motorcycle Engine Oil - R&D Video, Castrol Motorcycle Engine Oil - Engine Tests Video and Castrol Motorcycle Engine Oil - Field Tests Video: http://www.castrolmoto.com/en/video_library.php
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