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Need to change the oil in my baby this weekend. I want to switch to full synthetic, and I've heard Mobil 1 Red Cap is the shiznit, plus they carry it at Walmart, which is on my way home from work...

So is it okay to use this stuff, right off the shelf, even though it's made for cars? (I read in another thread that it's okay to use car oil in bikes as long as it's not the "energy conserving" kind).

Can't remember the recommended weight either... Anybody know? 10W-40? (temp. range for my riding is anywhere from 40 to 100 degrees F).

Thanks a bunch.

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Are you trying to start a long debate???

The only Mobil 1 oil that has a red cap is the 15-50, which is the only synthetic automobile oil anyone seems to be using. I run it in my Honda CB750.

Disclaimer: Dwight Rudder will tell you that you should only run synthetic motorcycle oil. He is a top level rider, ISDE competitor, and long time XR rider.

Hit the search button to find you why you should and shouldn't use non-motorcycle oil.

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True , lets don't start a long debate here. It used to be OK to use Red Cap but they have since changed the formulation a couple times. Last time was about a year ago to meet the SL rating. Motorcycle oil experts say never use a SL rated oil in a wet clutch motorcycle engine. Mobil oil company says do not use Mobil 1 automotive oil in your motorcycle. If you want use Mobil 1 MOTORCYCLE oil . Use a good high quality Synthetic or Semi-Synthetic ( if just trail riding ) MOTORCYCLE Specific oil of your choice.

I know some folks will claim they get away with it. BUT do you really want to chance damage to your engine under hard use ?

This is my last post on this thread, take this advice for what you feel it is worth to you, let the flaming begin.

Best of luck,

Dwight

:cry:

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I thought 2002 was the last change to the redcap blend

no slippage on my machines with it, currently use it in the following, which all have wet clutch setups, been using it almost sense it came out, early 90's..

2004 daytona 600

98 WR444

97 XR440

02 TTR125L

02 KX65

87 250X

if you read this it details the difference between auto mobile 1 15w50 and the bike blends

http://www.mobil1.com/motorcycle/images/MotoOil_Q&A_FINAL.pdf

and this is straight from mobil, it's a sales pitch, but none the less it's thier side of the story

http://www.mobil1.com/motorcycle/index.jsp

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Heheh, no, I wasn't trying to start anything, and I didn't realize this was a heated subject in the past... I just wanted a clear-cut "Yes" or "No" about the Red Cap... Thanks for everybody's advice.

I had only read Kev's reply before I left work on Friday, so, taking his advice, instead of stopping at Wal-Mart on the way home, I hit the motorcycle shop in Gilroy and picked up 2 quarts of Motul 100% Synthetic Motorcycle Oil instead... Now that I've seen Dwight's ( :cry: ) opinion, I'm glad I did.

Motul is expensive! $8.95/quart! Does all synthetic oil smell "fruity" like this stuff does? I love that smell...

Next time I think I'll try some Amsoil instead:

http://www.lubespecialist.com/Merchant4/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=LSOS&Category_Code=MMO

It's only $4.35/qt if you buy 12 qts.

Thanks again everybody.

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I ran the oil exclusively in my bike for eight years. 2001 426. Never had any issues. I think the think to look for is to make sure the oil is not energy saving.

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The red cap is the 15w50 was dropped in favor of the newer extended performance stuff. It caused an uproar so mobil makes it again. It's good but so is the stuff labeled extended performance.

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wow 7 year old thread. this has been covered at least once or twice a month every month i have been on here. lol

that being said 15-50 is the only oil i know of from mobil that is ok for the wet clutches. works good.

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