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08-08-2012, 02:14 AM,
#16
Re: What oil should I use for my Vstar 1100?
Ticking update:
Spoke with another mechanic. Old dude but famous. According to him that low ticking is normal for now. He was more busy looking at all the custom stuffs on the bike with his head shakes than to talk in detail. :)
Yea, I did get some air as well. Lol.
I will get it adjusted at 18-20k miles.
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08-08-2012, 11:47 PM,
#17
RE: What oil should I use for my Vstar 1100?
I'm just chuckling picturing the old guy looking at all the custom stuff on your bike and shaking his head. Good to know he doesn't seem to think it is anything major. Keep us informed on how the Amsoil does as I think it will only improve over time.
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08-09-2012, 01:24 AM,
#18
What oil should I use for my Vstar 1100?
(08-08-2012, 02:14 AM)zag Wrote: Ticking update:
Spoke with another mechanic. Old dude but famous. According to him that low ticking is normal for now. He was more busy looking at all the custom stuffs on the bike with his head shakes than to talk in detail. :)
Yea, I did get some air as well. Lol.
I will get it adjusted at 18-20k miles.

As your mechanic buddy told you it's normal for these bikes. As I understand it the cams on the 1100 are gear driven, as most bikes seem to be. And a gear to gear drive like this is notorious for being noisy. Even my 04 ticked when it was brand new.

Not really a fix since there's nothing wrong but the way to quieten the noise is to switch to a thicker oil that will Asher to the internals better than the factory recommended oil. When I switched to mobil 1's 15/50 all the noises I heard from my bike up and stopped.

So anyone with ticking issues that wants to silence the noise I recommend a thicker oil.
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08-11-2012, 03:16 PM,
#19
RE: What oil should I use for my Vstar 1100?
I'm no expert, but does the thicker oil just lubricate better Plague? I'm trying to understand this stuff better.

Zag since your'e going to be using a thicker oil in the 20w50 on your next oil change,....it should then work according to Plague and hopefully stop the ticking.
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08-13-2012, 12:36 PM,
#20
RE: What oil should I use for my Vstar 1100?
Now that I've read this I think I myself might try some Amsoil. It is expensive but I've heard of it before and in the grand scheme of things a few dollars more per bottle of oil isn't going to kill anyone.
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08-14-2012, 10:08 AM,
#21
RE: What oil should I use for my Vstar 1100?
Another option to consider, and it is expensive, is Lucas High performance motorcycle oil. My friend has a Harley with forged internals and he bought some recently. Not cheap at all. From $7-10 a quart at times, but he loves the stuff. Just wanted to share since I'm new here.
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08-14-2012, 10:22 AM,
#22
RE: What oil should I use for my Vstar 1100?
I use Valvoline Synthetic oil. My friend who is an engine builder recommends it. I can't remember off the top of my head what weight of oil it is and I'm not at home currently to check, but if someone remidns me I can check it out. Good stuff and my bike always seems to run flawlessly. Knock on wood!
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08-16-2012, 02:31 PM,
#23
RE: What oil should I use for my Vstar 1100?
I have had good luck with Mobile 1. Never any issues, and although it isn't cheap, I like it.
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08-20-2012, 09:55 PM,
#24
RE: What oil should I use for my Vstar 1100?
Anyone here ever use Brad Penn oil for their Vstar? I only heard of it recently, but it sounds good and some of my friends are using it for their high performance cars. I don't think it would hurt to use Brad Penn oil for a motorcycle. Their website is here: http://penngrade1.com/
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08-23-2012, 06:12 PM, (This post was last modified: 08-23-2012, 06:17 PM by Matt.)
#25
RE: What oil should I use for my Vstar 1100?
I've heard of Brad Penn oil. Seems like good stuff and I've known cars to use it...high performance cars mainly. Each mechanic or shop or engine builder has their favorite engine oil. If you're thinking of using it give them a call or shoot them an email and I'm sure they can tell you which application it would work best for.

The main thing is making sure the oil has the right detergents and additives in it. This oil seems like it certainly does from their website and then they have white papers which I haven't bothered to look at yet.

Edit: after some quick research they have a specific section for their motorcycle oils: http://penngrade1.com/Products/Motor-Oils.aspx
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05-08-2013, 12:35 PM,
#26
RE: What oil should I use for my Vstar 1100?
(08-23-2012, 06:12 PM)Matt Wrote: Since there is nothing like a good thread revival here goes....when I first bought my 06 1100 it did not leak a drop, everything was dry as a bone. I started woth about 12000 miles. I put about 2000 on and decided to change the oil. I did filter as well. I put about 500-600 more miles on and everything was dry. One night after riding home in supercold temps, I come out the following day to find oil dripping from everywhere. I have narrowed leaks down to the tensioner cap and what appears to be in the middle of the crank. My buddy is under the impression, I should try a heavier weight oil in an effort to "fix" the leaks. Anybody heard of this? Could a lighter weight oil leak and a heavier weight not leak?
A great man once said you can never learn if you don't ask.
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05-08-2013, 10:24 PM,
#27
RE: What oil should I use for my Vstar 1100?
Um, I'm no expert, but I can't see it making a difference. Especially when at operating temperature. sounds like a leak, I don't think a heavier weight oil would make any difference. Bottom line is to use what the manufacturer recommends for your bike. There are many different brands and as long as you met the requirements for certifications you should be fine. If you are operating in some weird environment, then I could see changing the weight of the oil. But sorry, sounds like a leak :(
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05-09-2013, 12:32 AM,
#28
RE: What oil should I use for my Vstar 1100?
(05-08-2013, 10:24 PM)Matt Wrote: I felt stupid typing it trust me! The only thing I have a hard time with is everything is fine and then all of a sudden BOOM oil dripping from everywhere.
A great man once said you can never learn if you don't ask.
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06-16-2013, 11:12 PM,
#29
RE: What oil should I use for my Vstar 1100?
this is a great question and one that is debated again and again on all sorts of forums. both types of oil are available in various viscosity's, viscosity refers to the ease of which oil flows at a specific temperature. I wont go in to that to much in to that other than to say a rating like 10w-50 has a viscosity of 10 in cooler conditions(like at engine starts) and a viscosity of 50 at higher running temperatures. Mineral Vs Synthetic, as I understand it mineral or dino oil has a greater natural ability to stick to engine parts once the engine has stopped running, coating moving parts in a fine layer of oil to prevent damage at start up. Where as Synthetic oil has the ability to run at hotter temperatures for longer with out breaking down. Semi synthetics are a blend of the two, supposedly offering the best of both worlds.Friction modifiers, are very common in automobile oils, that's because the gearbox is separate from the crank and the two have separate oils and the clutch is separate again. in a Vstar however all these parts are together in the same oil. Traditional school of thought on friction modifiers is "don't use them", The friction modifiers clog the clutch plates in a motorcycle's transmission causing serious clutch slippage and disabling the motorcycle. However lately I have heard of people even motorcycle training schools using oils with friction modifiers with no issue, and this on bike that really get a hard time from learners and track rides.
check semi synthetics out carefully "semi-synthetic" is a term that is not regulated and therefore only a few drops of a synthetic base oil can be added to a mineral base oil to make it a “semi-synthetic”. Obviously the performance and protection of such a lubricant will be more like a mineral product than a synthetic product
All this doesn't answer the question which oil to use in my Vstar: If your bike is in the warranty period then stick to the manufacturers recommendation, even though it probably costs more than gold, it's not worth risking loosing your warranty, especially now they come with 5 years. Once out of warranty you can experiment with different oils, but I would stick with good 'known brands' Mobil, Castrol, Amsol, Motull, Penrite, Belray are all well established, there are others. it is also important to check your owners manual it will outline various Standards and viscosity's suitable for your bike make sure what ever you choose that it complies to all these. Some folks say once you have gone synthetic you can't go back to Dyno, I don't know why that is, but would think as long as you change the oil and filter completely you can go whichever way you want.
For me I don't mind spending a few dollars on protecting my bike so I have been using Motull 5100 which is a semi synthetic designed for big bore engines (which I think the 1100 qualifies as). After using it for 20,000 kms or 4 oil changes it seemed to look as good coming out as it did going in, so I made the decision to only change my oil every 10,000 kms, having done a further 60,000 km (6 oil changes) since them the oil still looks pretty good coming out.
Jmck
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07-29-2013, 04:46 PM,
#30
RE: What oil should I use for my Vstar 1100?
I did some research before switching from Mobil 1 VTwin Syn, I have been using for at least 2 years now Shell Rotella Synthetic(and can get it at Wally World), no issues at all, use it in my truck also, my bud with a Honda 919 uses it also. Read a bunch of Harley guys swear by it and was a Goldwing guy using it long long time.
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