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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 :nerd:
 

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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
 

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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 :nerd:
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.
 

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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.

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.

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