Synthetic Oil - Kawasaki Vulcan Forum : Vulcan Forums
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-27-2019, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
Top Contributor
 
DANAD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Edson, Alberta, Canada
Posts: 981
Synthetic Oil

I posted on another thread that my 04 was starting to use a little more oil nowadays, especially when toting two wide-ish loads lol.
I went to our local oil and goo store to see what options they had for the aged V-Twins....I am already using Lucas High Performance 20/50 Motorcycle oil, but I have run into more than a few Harlistas that are using Amsoil V-Twin synthetic, specially formatted for hot running Harleys........ I have 90,000 or so on my 04 so do you think the synthetic will help? Amsoil lauds it as the Harley savior! It is also just a bit more than twice the cost of the Lucas HP. They want 32 loonies per quart for the synthetic

2004 VN2000
V&H Pipes
BAK, Mustang Seats, Scootworks Tour Trunk
HD Softail lowers, Memphis shield
Darkside Falken Zeix 205/65/16 rear, Bridgestone Excedra Max front
2008 900C as barhopper
DANAD is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-28-2019, 09:56 AM
Top Contributor
 
btom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Year/Make/Model: '05
Displacement/CC's: 800
Gender: Male
Posts: 1,152
Garage
synthetic molecules are thinner and will slip past seals more easily than dino oil will, vulcans run cooler than harleys and dino and synthetic will both become dirty at the same amount of miles, so verdict is you don't need synthetic and the extra cost for synthetic is overkill

Thunder Mfg teardrop 40's K&N 170MJ 48PJ 2.75turns DynoJet Needle DNO106 2nd notch V&H Cruzers Aeromach risers Michelin Commander IIs Wix 51358 filter 17T/40 Sprockets, 2357 rear bulbs
btom is offline  
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-29-2019, 09:16 AM
Senior Member
 
Du-Rron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: San Angelo, TX
Year/Make/Model: 2016 KAW VN900CGF
Displacement/CC's: 900
Color: Black/White
Gender: Male
Posts: 258
Quote:
Originally Posted by DANAD View Post
I posted on another thread that my 04 was starting to use a little more oil nowadays, especially when toting two wide-ish loads lol.
I went to our local oil and goo store to see what options they had for the aged V-Twins....I am already using Lucas High Performance 20/50 Motorcycle oil, but I have run into more than a few Harlistas that are using Amsoil V-Twin synthetic, specially formatted for hot running Harleys........ I have 90,000 or so on my 04 so do you think the synthetic will help? Amsoil lauds it as the Harley savior! It is also just a bit more than twice the cost of the Lucas HP. They want 32 loonies per quart for the synthetic
You can't compare what oil a Harley can/will run to your Kawasaki. Harleys can run oil with, teflon, moly, zinc, etc in their engine that will kill your Kawasaki clutch. Why you ask? Because Harleys have a different sump for the transmission, clutch, and engine, and the fluids do not mix.
Du-Rron is offline  
 
post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-29-2019, 10:27 AM
Bike Of The Year Winner, 2012
 
smedlin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: South of Houston
Posts: 4,895
Garage
I've run nothing but Amsoil in my bike since 2011.

Just get the version made for wet clutches.

It cost more, but it last a lot longer. And keeps things a purring.

.

Yes, I'm a Chrome Whore.

2004 Vulcan 2000
smedlin is offline  
post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-29-2019, 11:17 AM
Top Contributor
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: St Paul, MN
Year/Make/Model: 1995 Kawasaki Vulcan 500
Color: Black / grey
Gender: Male
Posts: 643
WOW btom,
In all the threads about oil and all the posts I dont think I've seen anyone post that.
While I agree, you are a brave one for posting that.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 1 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
1995 en500 stock with windshield - 30,000 miles
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 1 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
vulcandoc is offline  
post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-29-2019, 01:11 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Saint Louis, MO
Year/Make/Model: 2000 Nomad 1500 fi
Displacement/CC's: 1500
Color: Purplish Black Mica
Gender: Male
Posts: 454
I really don't think at 90,000 + miles that changing the oil is going to make any difference in how much oil your bike is using, unless you convert to a synthetic which will then increase your usage. Plus you're already using one of the best oils made in the U.S. right now. If you don't do much winter driving you may want to consider going to the Lucas 50w motorcycle oil or adding motorcycle oil stabilizer to what you are using now.
RetroBagger is offline  
post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-29-2019, 04:21 PM
Bike Of The Year Winner, 2012
 
smedlin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: South of Houston
Posts: 4,895
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by vulcandoc View Post
WOW btom,
In all the threads about oil and all the posts I dont think I've seen anyone post that.
While I agree, you are a brave one for posting that.
Not sure what your saying..

btom?

"...don't think I've seen anyone post that."?

You got me confused.

.

Yes, I'm a Chrome Whore.

2004 Vulcan 2000
smedlin is offline  
post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-31-2019, 07:03 AM
Top Contributor
 
whoaru99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 2,926
Dunno if using the Amsoil will help, but I'd look for a different source if you do.

$32 CAD (~$24 USD) is damn near 2x MSRP for that oil.

https://www.amsoil.com/shop/by-produ...otorcycle-oil/

Last edited by whoaru99; 07-31-2019 at 07:08 AM.
whoaru99 is offline  
post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-31-2019, 07:12 AM
Top Contributor
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: St Paul, MN
Year/Make/Model: 1995 Kawasaki Vulcan 500
Color: Black / grey
Gender: Male
Posts: 643
This -
"so verdict is you don't need synthetic and the extra cost for synthetic is overkill"


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 1 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
1995 en500 stock with windshield - 30,000 miles
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 1 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
vulcandoc is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome