Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
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Engine oils for the 919.. Which..???
Well I just posted an article about my absolutely wonderful weekend ride of discovery (another thread). Although 99 percent of what I discovered about the 919's rideability was good and eye opening, one thing I noticed was the oil they used in the recent first service check, "exactly" as with the VTR-1000's we bought 2 years ago,, is crap, absolute crap. I don't know what brand it is, or whether it comes out of the 4 litre packs or from a bulk drum (more than likely), but has made the gear shift feel very sticky from the brand new motorcycle oil they had in it which was like silk... I remember being slightly concerened with this matter when we had the VTR's, for which we specified and payed for Motul but we were sure we didn't get it. It was even a slightly more golden look in colour through the sight glass than the brownish looking Motul normally is. This time, we just let them use whatever,, thinking we will complete the run-in, dump that oil and move onto what we want. This time around we thought we would try Castrol Power 1 GP 10w-40.
Anyway, my brother asked me on the very first ride after the service - "what do ya think of the oil, I reckon it isn't that good - AGAIN..??". I said it felt a little less smooth but it was ok'ish I guess. Since then we have been only for a couple of rides but it wasn't until we had this big ride over the weekend just gone that I noticed the gear changes felt lees than precise, almost grinding itself into each gear and quite clunky at times. A few times I had to re-flick the gear lever with my foot to make sure it did go in and once I pulled into a gas station (for a pee) and thought I had it in neutral, let out the clutch and the bike jumped forward, not because it falsely indicated neutral but because I thought I changed down the correct amount of times to get into 1st then give a small pich up into neutral. Infact it was only in 2nd, hence the jump forward as I tried to find a neutral between 2nd and 3rd. Just wasn't ready for it, plus my bladder was in no mood to wait any longer...
Immediately upon the first 919 ride, after owning VTR's, we commented to each other just how smooth the gearbox felt by comparison. Now, it feels like we have come full circle, back to where we were 2 years ago. Now we know it's the oil... Normally we would simply stick to Motul but I thought I would try Castrol for a change. It's got to be better than what we've got now. Anyway, it's too late, we were travelling past the auto accessories shop and called in and bought a pack each,, so now we have to live with our choice... We will take 'em for a small ride first fine day (yes it's damned raining again) and drop the old stuff and we will see...
Anyone heard much about Castrol Power 1 GP semi-synthetic..