Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: North Central WV
I just had this "argument" with a friend the other day who decided he was gonna "fool the system" and use Rotella. Even dumber, he's in a...02? 250 Ninja...whatever the last year was that they used carbs...and he's like the third owner of this little wrung out, beat to crap pocket rocket.
He was like "Buh buh buh it's so cheap!"
I'm like...dude, my V uses 3 quarts of oil at a time. If I buy Mobil 1 Racing 4T at Wal-Mart, it's $9 a quart. $27 for the piece of mind to know absolutely that I've got an oil that hits all the specs that I want it to, that was specifically designed to be used in a wet-clutch motorcycle application.
And he was like "Yeah but the 4T is only $23, for a WHOLE GALLON!"
And I'm like...a whole gallon nets me 1qt short of two changes, and then I'm sitting on a half-full tub of oil that I've gotta protect and make space for, and I can't use it to store/recycle the old oil, and I've still gotta buy another quart @ $8. $32 for 2 oil changes w/ Rotella, $52 for two with 4T. Sure, that's $20. $20 across 6,000-10,000 miles. $20 to peace of mind. I spend $20 on lunch half the time, so it's obvious for me.
That said, I am switching to Amsoil 10w-40 "Metric Motorcycle" this spring. Not cheap, but again---I want this bike to last, as great as possible, for as long as possible.