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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-05-2018, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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I wanted to see what others have to say about using part synthetic oil versus full synthetic oil in my 2010 Voyager 1700. Love to read comments about this
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Can't help you on this one. I've always gone with old-school dino oil. This really hasn't been for any particular reason. It's just more of a case of not particularly caring if it's synthetic or not. Admittedly then, I'm not properly educated enough on the pros and cons of dino versus synthetic. By that I mean true synthetic.

Even the definition of what "synthetic" oil is confusing. Dino oil isn't.

I guess one of these days I ought to sit down and research on the subject.

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I run Synthetic in all my vehicles. Since I change my own oil having the best protection isn't really that bad. I do run Amsoil in my bike which is pricey but I only change my oil once a year so not that bad.

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I run Synthetic in all my vehicles. Since I change my own oil having the best protection isn't really that bad. I do run Amsoil in my bike which is pricey but I only change my oil once a year so not that bad.
Bout the same here,Idk why I run full synth,Just do,would say for a piece of mind but,,,is it?
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Because of my experience with my Sabre, I only use full synthetic. With dino or the modified dino they call synthetic, down shifting became progressively more difficult at under 3000 miles. Dino at less than 2500 miles, usually. Full synthetic kept shifting smooth much longer. The longest I went without changing was about 4500 miles and it was just starting to get a little difficult to downshift.

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mobi one 10-40 run it in all my bikes never had an issue.the interinals look like new when you have to look inside mine run smooth and shift like butter.
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Yea I'm a mobil 1 full synthetic 10w-40 kind of guy. I've never had problems out of it and always runs good. But I always run full synthetic in all my vehicles. And I change my bike every year in the spring

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I use dino and change every 3k.
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Synthetics were originally developed to deal with temperature extremes, hot and cold, that conventional oils couldn't deal with and still maintain the necessary lubrication requirements.

I'm talking hot and cold well above and below what is encountered in your car or motorcycle. We're talking like jet aircraft, high altitude hot/cold, spacecraft hot/cold, etc.

Whether that actually translates into meaningful benefit in "normal" applications is a matter debate, and I expect always will be. There is a lot of anecdotal "evidence" and some tests floating around, but I don't recall seeing anything I'd consider statistically-significant that shows your stuff will absolutely, positively last longer with no other difference than synthetic vs. conventional.

That said, I do use synthetic in all my stuff on 1 year change intervals. Having several vehicles no one of them gets very many miles in a year.
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It's personal preference. As long as you stay on top of the oil changes, it's not going to make an astronomical difference one over the other. I use synthetic because I get it at the same price as dino, so why not. Every year Mobil1 has a rebate program. I just stock up on oil during that time. I currently have half a dozen 5 quart jugs in my garage. That'll cover the bike and the two cages for a year plus.

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