All engines need to be lubricated with engine oil. There are a variety of oils available that contain different properties and additives, depending on the brand and price point you opt for. Lubricants provide protection against wear and corrosion while reducing friction in your engine. They also help to achieve maximum power output and mileage. Let’s have a look at the different types of motorcycle lubricating oil to extend the life of your motorcycle’s engine.
The most beneficial oil for motorcycle engine is Synthetic oil which protects your engine and gives best performance during riding.
· Synthetic Oil for Wet Clutch
A wet clutch is a new technology used in modern motorcycles. It makes driving more comfortable and easier to control the motorcycle. The use of this type of clutch allows a good gas mileage. The oil used for wet clutches is generally DOT 4 synthetic oil, it has higher temperature resistance than standard petroleum-based oils and therefore it suits well for wet clutch use.
The wet clutch oil for motorcycle should be stored in a cool place and away from heat. It is recommended to check the oil every 2 months and replace it if necessary because it can be seen by its color (it will turn darker over time, especially when the motorcycle is used during hot weather) or smell that is typical for any old oil. The wet clutch oil for the motorcycle must be changed after 3 000 km or 2 months.
Synthetic lubricants cost a lot more than the standard mineral oils so not all motorcycle riders can afford to buy them. That is the reason why they need to settle for a cheaper option and go with mineral oil instead. You may have heard or read that you should never use mineral oil in your motorcycle, but many of those people are wrong. It has a higher viscosity and boiling point than most other oils so it doesn’t change its state as easily in extreme temperatures.
· SAE 30 (SAE)
SAE is a weight classification system that was created by the Society of Automotive Engineers, who determined the “Viscosity Index” (VI). The larger number indicated a higher viscosity and this is what is important when selecting the right oil for your motorcycle’s engine and transmission. If you are not sure about what to use in your bike, select SAE 30 (SAE). It’s a good all-around “general purpose” oil.
Synthetic Oil versus Mineral Oil
Mineral oils have been used for motorcycles since their invention, so there is no question that they work. The problem is that these standard oils are inconsistent and cannot be mixed with others. Synthetic oils, on the other hand, have a uniform structure so it is easier for them to mix well with other mineral or synthetic types of oil. Regardless if you opt for the synthetic type or mineral oil, always drain your engine after every 1000 miles or so and change the oil.
Synthetic oils cost more, but they will run at higher temperatures with less internal wear. That’s why many motorcycle manufacturers are switching over to them.