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Old 01-17-2019, 05:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Harley Ultra Classic Oil Recommendations

First of all, don't judge. I traded in my RSTD a couple of months ago for a 2012 Ultra Classic. It's a beautiful bike and a blast to ride. Nothing against my RSTD because I loved that bike to, I was just looking for something different. Anyway, I'm sticking around this site because of the knowledgable folks and because everyone is so nice. I know there are a handful of folds that have Harley around here and I was hoping to get some advice. Oil is a huge topic regardless of the type of bike you ride and it seems everyone has an opinion. I've pretty much decided to stick with regular mineral oil, not synthetic https://bestarny.com/oils-for-harley...n-motorcycles/ . This decision was based on the fact that I've ran regrular oil in every machine I've ever owned and never once have I had an oil related issue. I'm a 2500 to 3000 oil change guy so I just fail to see what the benefit is of paying the extra money for synthetic. That being said, what are you Harley riders' recommendations for regular old mineral oil in the engine, primary and transmission?

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No biggy, some use their left hand and some use their right hand, both have good points.

I always go by the manufacturer recommendations from my weed eater to my Diesel truck when it comes to mechanical fluids lol.
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First of all, don't judge. I traded in my RSTD a couple of months ago for a 2012 Ultra Classic. It's a beautiful bike and a blast to ride. Nothing against my RSTD because I loved that bike to, I was just looking for something different. Anyway, I'm sticking around this site because of the knowledgable folks and because everyone is so nice. I know there are a handful of folds that have Harley around here and I was hoping to get some advice. Oil is a huge topic regardless of the type of bike you ride and it seems everyone has an opinion. I've pretty much decided to stick with regular mineral oil, not synthetic https://bestarny.com/oils-for-harley...n-motorcycles/ . This decision was based on the fact that I've ran regrular oil in every machine I've ever owned and never once have I had an oil related issue. I'm a 2500 to 3000 oil change guy so I just fail to see what the benefit is of paying the extra money for synthetic. That being said, what are you Harley riders' recommendations for regular old mineral oil in the engine, primary and transmission?

Thanks guys.
I don't know who James Smith is, but I would like to hear him explain how oils are "dyno tested".
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Another oil thread? Oh what fun...

I choked on the first paragraph:
All motor engines require oil to lubricate their moving components for performance and to retain structural integrity. Oil is also a major contributor to exhaust pollutants

Huh? A "motor engine" I can almost ignore. I hope the oil isn't necessary for structural integrity, that's what all those silly metal components are for. If the oil is a major contributor to exhaust pollutants I think I have another issue besides oil choice.


Change it often with a decent oil, syn or not, and all should be fine.
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Harley's recommended oil is HD360, not Syn3. So it should be fine on dyno.

Now with that said, good luck finding 20-50 dyno that meets the 360 spec.
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Wait. You're a 2500 to 3000 mile guy. Do you really change you engine oil every 2 to 3 weeks? Try a good Syn. "Mobile 1" then you can stretch that out a ways. Go 5 or 6 thousand miles between changes. Move it out to once every 5 or 6 weeks..
I don't even change my oil that often (2500 miles) in my Hayabusa. I'm a bit harder on it than I am on my Harley. "Ride more Wrench less"
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I always believed in coconut oil, but with the destruction following 2 hurricanes the price of coconuts have risen dramatically. I now use B&M original bake bean oil. It has become a pleasure to check the oil as I lick the dipstick.


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any oil that meets the manufacturers specs,,, we all have our favorites

an oil thread starts every couple weeks, and the same old ground gets chewed,,, use the search feature..
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I always believed in coconut oil, but with the destruction following 2 hurricanes the price of coconuts have risen dramatically. I now use B&M original bake bean oil. It has become a pleasure to check the oil as I lick the dipstick.


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Maybe I'll some bean juice next change, but I'm a Bush's Bean guy... pharts smell less gamey with Bush's
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