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The only reservation I had about my T before I bought it last March was a loud "tic" coming from the front cylinder, left side... sound familiar??

Anyway, I did some research, talked to a couple of friends with Sabers, and called the Japanese specialist at my local bike shop, and was assured that it was normal and not to worry about it.

I ran Amsoil in my Suzuki M50 and was a believer, so I ran synthetic 10/40 Amsoil in my T. I had also heard that Amsoil might help relieve the tic. It helped, but was still very noticeable. Yes, I would sometimes shut off and coast into parking lots with other riders present (so shoot me!!).

The Amsoil had a good 5000 miles on it, and I had planned a big ride for yesterday (writeup in the general discussion section) and a 300 mile each way trip from my home north of Birmingham, AL, to south Alabama for Tuesday, so I needed to change my oil. I had 37,000 miles on the clock when I switched to the syn, but I didn't have any leaks. However, because of the possible implications, and the cost, I switched back to dino and decided to try the Rotella 15/40, which I had read might help with the tic.

I honestly forgot about the tic... but when we made our SECOND stop yesterday, after about 200 miles, I was sitting idling at the gas pump. Just before shutting off I noticed engine/transmission rotating sounds... but NO TIC... NONE WHATSOEVER.

MarkC, if you happen to read this, put me in the believer column for conventional Rotella 15w-40 diesel oil!!

BTW... with our usually mild Alabama winters and the fact that my bike stays in the garage year-round, the 15 doesn't bother me for cold starts... does anyone really REALLY think it should?

Also, BTW, if you've thought about switching but were worried/scared, whatever, at all about using conventional oil in a wet clutch system DON'T... there were no problems of any kind.

Best part? A gallon of the Rotella costs just more than a QUART of Amsoil... 'nuff said!!

Oh... and I used the Supertech 3593A filter... "Product of USA" printed right there on the top of it... it's bigger, fit perfectly, and worked great. Again, 'nuff said!!
 

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I switched to Rotella but use the T6 synth 5W40. Smooth shifting through the gears. Very happy with it. A little more expensive that the dino juice but IMHO, well worth it.
I also use the SuperTech ST7317 Made in the USA oil filter for $3.
 

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I switched to Rotella but use the T6 synth 5W40. Smooth shifting through the gears. Very happy with it. A little more expensive that the dino juice but IMHO, well worth it.
I also use the SuperTech ST7317 Made in the USA oil filter for $3.
I also use this, got rid of the tick, 2k miles and no problems as of yet.
 

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I also use the 5w40 T6 and have had no problems
 

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Tell me something boys (and or girls), how many miles do you go between oil changes running T6?
I figure 5k is long enough.
 

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my bike is 28 years old but only has about 25k miles on it, switched to T6, couple months ago, shifts much smoother, it did remove a lot of varnish from inside the engine, did 2 changes 200 mi apart, really cleaned it out, only one minor leak that I have fixed.

Im going to keep using it
 

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I switched from the Honda brand oil to Shell Rotella T 15w40 the tick in my 84 VT700c's front cylinder went away also.
 

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I've run Rotella T in a Suzuki gs450, Yamaha xs850 and a Honda vt500 - all happy campers. And the synth Rotella T is what I run in my wife's Diesel Jetta (tdi). Good stuff.
 

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This is all good to hear as I am going through the same thing with my 1100T and have purchased the Rotella T Synth. 5w-40 with mileage of 84000 km (52195 miles). What Oil filter do you recommend?
 

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Tell me something boys (and or girls), how many miles do you go between oil changes running T6?
I figure 5k is long enough.
I also use T6. The manual says 8k miles for non-synth. If I was doing a lot of riding I would have no problem with 10k miles before change. I do not ride 8k in a year so just change yearly after storage. I am doing some research now based on two identical cars that indicate frequent oil change may actually increase wear in engine.

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This is all good to hear as I am going through the same thing with my 1100T and have purchased the Rotella T Synth. 5w-40 with mileage of 84000 km (52195 miles). What Oil filter do you recommend?
I found that the Rotella 15/40 works better in my '98 VT1100-T than the T6 5/40.
I have been using the 15/40 now for around 30k miles and I have 77k miles on the bike.
Here are some pic's of my bike and where I ride
6-11-10 Ride Photos by rrounds | Photobucket

ROD
 

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Good Grief Charlie Brown, you have played on the same roads I cut my teeth on! LOL! What was your opinion of Ebbetts Pass? Wife and I loved it! Late July and still snow! As far as I am concerned, E.P. was the ultimate ride! I was raised just below Bishop!
 

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I have over 23k on my 07 Aero. Sometme between now and mid July a KN-204 and Rotella 15w-40 is going in. Wish they made a 20w-50 for summer running in the Valley of the Sun.
 

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I found that the Rotella 15/40 works better in my '98 VT1100-T than the T6 5/40.
I have been using the 15/40 now for around 30k miles and I have 77k miles on the bike.
Here are some pic's of my bike and where I ride
6-11-10 Ride Photos by rrounds | Photobucket

ROD
Can you describe the "better" ie other than the cost factor how is T triple performing better? Curious because here T6 is twice as expensive as T. I use T6 because the cold temp flow is better and since there is supposed to be more wear at startup the first few minutes of flow is important but I certainly don't want to be wasting money.

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25,430 miles on my '07 Aero 750 and I made the switch to Rotella T6 back at 16,000 miles and my bike loves the stuff! Seriously, it's incredible oil for the money and is always available at WalMart.

Rotella T6 - - $21.36 for a whole GALLON.
Purolator L14612 oil filter - - $3.27

...and you still have oil leftover for the next oil change (just pick up a quart bottle of T6 to make up for it). T6 will NOT go bad sitting in the jug for months and months before the next oil change.

Anyway, I got on Shell's website once and wrote to them through their "contact us" link. I asked them about it and joked a little about the JASO-MA certification coming from a diesel mack truck type of oil. Shell wrote me back, also joking with a "yeah, we get that a lot" type of email. :cool:
 

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Thanks Rod, I have switched over to 15W 40 instead of the 5W 40 T6. I do believe that after just having a ride of over 150 miles this weekend the tic in the front cylinder is gone. What a dream!
 
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