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AMSOIL Motorcycle Oil vs Pennzoil Motorcycle Oil

AMSOIL 20W-50 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil (MCV) is a premium oil designed for those who demand the absolute best lubrication for their motorcycles. AMSOIL 20W-50 Motorcycle Oil is the result of extensive research, and it is specially formulated to excel in all areas unique to motorcycles, including high temperatures of air-cooled engines such as Harley Davidson® V-Twin, wet clutch lubrication, extreme pressure regions of gears and chains and rust common to short trips and storage.

20W-50 Motorcycle Oil
Viscosity Shear Stability (ASTM D-6278)
1. Oil's initial viscosity is measured.
2. Oil is tested under shearing forces.
3. Measurements are taken at the end of 15, 30 and 90 cycles.
4. Comparison to initial oil viscosity.
5. A flatter line indicates a better shear stability.

AMSOIL 20W-50 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil stays in viscosity while other oils drop from a SAE 50 weight into the SAE 40 range.


AMSOIL 10W-40 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil

AMSOIL Synthetic 10W-40 Motorcycle Oil (MCF) is a premium oil designed for those who demand the absolute best lubrication for their motorcycles. AMSOIL 10W-40 Motorcycle Oil is the result of extensive research, and it is specially formulated to excel in all areas unique to motorcycles, including high engine RPM, wet clutch lubrication, extreme pressure regions of gears and rust common to short drives and storage.

In high heat conditions, engine protection is not sacrificed with AMSOIL Synthetic Motorcycle Oil. It has the best high temperature film strength (see High Temperature Viscosity Protection graph below) of all oils tested and contains a heavy treatment of anti-wear additives to reduce wear regardless of the operating conditions (see Wear Comparison graph at right). AMSOIL 10W-40 Motorcycle Oil is thermally (heat) stable and contains maximum levels of oxidation inhibitor additives. It is extremely resistant to breakdown and engineered to prevent damaging sludge and carbon deposits for superior engine cleanliness.

10W-40 Motorcycle Oil
High Temperature Viscosity Protection
Higher values reflect better film strength
ASTM test method D-4683 Test Date August 2008

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AMSOIL Synthetic 10W-30 Motorcycle Oil

AMSOIL Synthetic 10W-30 Motorcycle Oil (MCT) is a premium oil designed for those who demand the absolute best lubrication for their motorcycles. AMSOIL 10W-30 Motorcycle Oil is the result of extensive research, and it is specially formulated to excel in all areas unique to motorcycles, including high engine RPM, wet clutch lubrication, extreme pressure regions of gears and rust common to short drives and storage.

AMSOIL Reduces Friction, Heat and Wear

In high heat conditions, engine protection is not sacrificed with AMSOIL Synthetic Motorcycle Oil. AMSOIL 10W-30 keeps engines running cool by effectively reducing friction and heat, and it contains a heavy treatment of anti-wear additives to reduce wear regardless of the operating conditions (see Four-Ball Wear Test graph below). AMSOIL MCT is thermally (heat) stable and contains maximum levels of oxidation inhibitor additives. It is extremely resistant to volatility (see NOACK Volatility graph below) and engineered to prevent damaging sludge and carbon deposits for superior engine cleanliness.

Of the motorcycle oils tested - AMSOIL comes in first place with the smallest wear scar.

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Of the motorcycle oils tested - AMSOIL has the least amount of weight loss (burn-off).

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Of the motorcycle oils tested - AMSOIL has the highest Total Base Number.

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NOACK Volatility Test is a Critical Measurement of Motor Oil Quality

AMSOIL was the first motor oil company in North America to use the NOACK volatility test to measure motor oil quality and performance. Although competing motor oil companies initially paid no attention to NOACK results, the test has since become a critical measurement tool throughout the industry.

Originally developed and used in Europe, the NOACK volatility test determines how much weight an oil loses through volatilization. The more a motor oil vaporizes, the thicker and heavier it becomes, contributing to poor circulation, reduced fuel economy and increased oil consumption, wear and emissions. During the test, the subject oil is heated to 302 degrees Fahrenheit (150 degrees Celsius) for a specified period, causing the lighter oil molecules to boil off. The results are reported in the percentage, by weight, of the oil that evaporates. The lower the number, the better the oil resists volatilization.

Because they are made from impure, irregular molecules, conventional motor oils are more susceptible to the effects of heat. The small, light molecules in conventional oil tend to evaporate (volatilize) as the oil is heated, leaving large, heavy molecules behind and leading to oil consumption and an increase in the oil's viscosity (thickening). If those large, heavy molecules are chemically unstable, they may also break down and form deposits on component surfaces, further inhibiting the release of heat into the oil stream.

Because their formulations minimize the quantity of impure, irregular molecules, synthetic motor oils are generally more resistant to volatilization, allowing them to perform better than conventional oils in the NOACK volatility test. However, due to varying qualities of base stocks and additives, not all synthetic motor oils perform the same in the NOACK test.

Modern engine designs generate more heat than ever, accentuating the importance of the NOACK volatility test for determining an oil's ability to provide an adequate level of protection and performance. More horsepower, turbo chargers and aerodynamic styling have created extremely hot environments that receive less cooling from outside air, and high heat leads to oil oxidation, deposits and thickening in conventional oils.

Because AMSOIL synthetic lubricants contain only uniform molecules, they are much more resistant to thermal and oxidative breakdown. AMSOIL synthetic motor oils help keep components free of damaging varnish, deposits and sludge.

Top quality for the current API SM motor oils specification, gasoline motor oils cannot experience a weight loss of more than 15 percent in the NOACK test. AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oils were exceeding modern requirements over 20 years ago, while many current motor oils still have a hard time meeting this minimal requirement, increasing wear, fuel consumption and emissions.

As seen in the graph, AMSOIL 10W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil (ATM) easily passes the NOACK Test and falls well below the below the maximum 15 percent volatilization (burn off) rate dictated by the API SM motor oil specification, while the Royal Purple volatilization (burn off) rate is over 11 percent and the Lucas Oil FAILS the test with a volatilization (burn off) rate of over 40 percent.

NOACK Volatility Test AMSOIL vs Royal Purple vs Lucas Oil
 
See the Comparative Motor Oil Testing Brochure for a comparison of AMSOIL 10W-30 Synthetic Motor Oil (ATM) to other popular motor oils.

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What You Need To Know About Motorcycle Oils

Overview
As with any vehicle equipped with an internal combustion engine, proper lubrication is essential to insure performance and longevity. It is important to point out that not all internal combustion engines are similarly designed or exposed to the same types of operation. These variations in design and operation place different demands on engine oils. Specifically, the demands placed on motorcycle engine oils are more severe than those placed on automotive engine oils. Therefore, the performance requirements of motorcycle oils are more demanding as well.

Though the degree may be debatable, few will disagree that a difference exists between automotive and motorcycle applications. In which area these differences are and to what degree they alter lubrication requirements are not clear to most motorcycle operators. By comparing some basic equipment information, one can better understand the differences that exist.

There are six primary differences between motorcycle and automotive engine applications:

Operational Speed - Motorcycles tend to operate at engine speeds significantly higher than automobiles. This places additional stress on engine components, increasing the need for wear protection. It also subjects lubricating oils to higher loading and shear forces. Elevated operating RPMs also promote foaming, which can reduce an oil's load-carrying ability and accelerated oxidation.

Compression Ratio - Motorcycles tend to operate with higher engine compression ratios than automobiles. Higher compression ratios place additional stress on engine components and increase engine operating temperatures. Higher demands are placed on the oil to reduce wear. Elevated operating temperatures also promote thermal degradation of the oil, reducing its life expectancy and increasing the formation of internal engine deposits.

Horsepower/Displacement Density - Motorcycle engines produce nearly twice the horsepower per cubic inch of displacement of automobile engines. This exposes the lubricating oil to higher temperatures and stress.

Variable Engine Cooling - In general, automotive applications usa a sophisticated water-cooling system to control engine operating temperatures. Similar systems can be found in motorcycle applications, but other designs also exist. Many motorcycles are air-cooled or use a combination air/oil design. Though effective, they result in greater fluctuations in operating temperatures, particularly when motorcycle are operated in stop-and-go traffic. Elevated operating temperature promotes oxidation and causes oils to thin, reducing their load carrying ability.

Multiple Lubrication Functionality - In automotive applications, engine oils are required to lubricate only the engine. Other automotive assemblies, such as transmissions, have seperate fluid reservoirs that contain a lubricant designed specifically for that component. The requirements of that fluid differ significantly from those of automotive engine oil. Many motorcycles have a common sump supplying oil to both the engine and transmission. In such cases, the oil is required to meet the needs of both the engine and transmission gears. Many motorcycles also incorporate a frictional clutch within the transmission that uses the same oil.

Inactivity - Motorcycles are typically used less frequently than automobiles. Whereas automobiles are used on a daily basis, motorcycle use is usually periodic and in many cases seasonal. These extended periods of inactivity place additional stress on motorcycle oils. In these circumstances, rust and acid corrosion protection are of critical concern.

It is apparent that motorcycle applications place a different set of requirements on lubricating oils. Motorcycle oils, therefore, must be formulated to address this unique set of high stress conditions.


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AMSOIL Synthetic Dirt Bile Oil Maximizes Performance

Consistent Clutch Feel - Clutch slippage or inconsistent clutch feel can prevent dirt bike riders from riding as fast or effectively as they like. To keep the engine within the power band, riders often modulate the clutch, increasing the opportunity for clutch slippage if low-quality lubricants are used.

AMSOIL Synthetic Dirt Bike Oil's superior friction-durability properties help minimize clutch slippage, fade and chatter, giving riders consistent clutch feel during takeoffs or when maneuvering around obstacles on the trail. In an extreme simulated-start test, AMSOIL Synthetic Dirt Bike Oil continued to deliver consistent clutch feel following 32 simulated race starts, while a leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM)-branded oil demonstrated inconsistent clutch-lever action and poor clutch feel after 16 starts. The clutch plates lubricated with AMSOIL Synthetic Dirt Bike Oil remained clean and in good overall condition, while the plates using the OEM oil revealed discoloration and wear. AMSOIL Synthetic Dirt Bike Oil's superior performance helps instill in riders the confidence that their bikes will perform consistently in all types of riding conditions.

Racing is Research - AMSOIL corporately sponsored supercross and motocross racers identified consistent clutch feel as a key performance attribute. At the time, there was no dirt-bike-specific oil on the market that provided the level of clutch consistency professional and amateur riders demand. Consistent clutch feel is critical to motocross riders during starts to keep the bike from lurching forward prior to the gate dropping. Trail riders, meanwhile, need consistent clutch feel to confidently navigate obstacles without having to shift gears and lose momentum.

In-Depth Product Development - The process to develop Synthetic Dirt Bike Oil relied on a combination of lab and track testing. Clutch feel is inherently subjective, which creates challenges in designing a lubricant that delivers consistent clutch feel. To overcome that challenge, AMSOIL designed The Extreme Simulated-Start Test on Dirt Bikes. The test allows AMSOIL engineers to apply accelerated stress to a dirt bike's clutch in order to monitor clutch feel produced by a candidate lubricant.

The test uses a 2014 Honda CRF450R attached to a dyno. While in second gear, the test administrator holds the clutch at the point just prior to engagement, similar to the way a rider would hold the bike in the gates during a race start. The clutch is then released and the bike is run to fourth gear, simulating the time from the drop of the gate to the first corner in a race. The rear wheel is not allowed to slip during the test, placing additional stress on the clutch. Test administrators look for consistent lever action and feel as they wait to let out the clutch and as they shift the bike through the gears.

AMSOIL Synthetic Dirt Bike Oil was also subjected to extensive on-track testing in the bikes of GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda Factory Connection and other professional riders. A combination of rider feedback and lab testing resulted in the final formulation of Synthetic Dirt Bike Oil. Its performance in lab and track testing dispels the myth that synthetics are "too slippery" and make clutches slip. Results also demonstrate that AMSOIL Synthetic Dirt Bike Oil delivers consistent clutch performance while helping extend clutch life. (Buy Online)

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AMSOIL High Performance Synthetic Motorcycle Oils

Superior Wear Protection for Motorcycles

Run cooler! Reduce crankcase temperature. AMSOIL Synthetic Motorcycle Oils deliver maximum protection, power and fuel efficiency for all makes of motorcycles. Recommended for all V-Twin and other motorcycle engines. Superior 12+ TBN synthetic formulation provides long service life and maximum protection against engine wear. Superior anti-wear and detergent/dispersant packages. AMSOIL Synthetic Motorcycle Oils contain no friction modifiers and are wet clutch compatible.

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AMSOIL 10W-30 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil

AMSOIL Synthetic 10W-30 Motorcycle Oil is a premium oil designed for those who demand the absolute best lubrication for their motorcycles. AMSOIL MCT is the result of extensive research, and it is specially formulated to excel in all areas unique to motorcycles, including high engine RPM, wet clutch lubrication, extreme pressure regions of gears and rust common to short drives and storage. Product Code: MCT (more info)

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AMSOIL 10W-40 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil

AMSOIL 10W-40 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil

AMSOIL Synthetic Motorcycle Oils have been reformulated with new high performance additive technology that provides even greater multi-functional benefits for the special requirements of motorcycle applications. These independent and exclusive new AMSOIL formulations provide second-to-none viscosity protection for hot-running American and foreign motorcycle engines, transmissions and primary chaincases. Product Code: MCF (more info)

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AMSOIL 20W-50 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil

AMSOIL 20W-50 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil

AMSOIL Synthetic Motorcycle Oils have been reformulated with new high performance additive technology that provides even greater multi-functional benefits for the special requirements of motorcycle applications. These independent and exclusive new AMSOIL formulations provide second-to-none viscosity protection for hot-running American and foreign motorcycle engines, transmissions and primary chaincases. Product Code: MCV (more info)

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AMSOIL 10W-30 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil Product Data Sheet

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AMSOIL Motorcycle Oil Filters

AMSOIL Motorcycle Oil Filters

AMSOIL Ea Motorcycle Oil Filters reflect the newest technological advances in the quest to meet the unique demands of today's high-stress motorcycle engines. (more info)

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AMSOIL Ea Motorcycle Air Filters

AMSOIL Motorcycle Air Filters

AMSOIL INC. revolutionized the filtration industry with its introduction of AMSOIL Ea Air and Ea Oil Filters. For the first time exclusive nanofiber technology – the same technology used in the Abrams M1 tank and other heavy duty applications – is now available for motorcycles. (more info)

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AMSOIL Quickshot Fuel Additive for Harley-Davidson and All Other Motorcycle Engines

AMSOIL Quickshot Motorcycle Fuel Additive

AMSOIL Quickshot SE (AQS) is a premium fuel additive formulated to thoroughly clean and restore peak performance in motorcycle engines, powersports equipment and small engine fuel systems. It also stabilizes fuel between uses and during short-term storage periods. Its revolutionary technology focuses on three major fuel-related issues plaguing small engines and powersports equipment: ethanol, water and dirty pump gas.

Degraded fuel presents a major maintenance issue in motorcycle engines, powersports equipment and small engines. It can form varnish, gum and insoluble debris that clog carburetors, fuel injectors and fuel filters. Carbon buildup can form on the tops of pistons that leads to pre-ignition, rough idling and poor throttle response. Fuel-related problems are only expected to intensify in the coming years as the ethanol content in pump gasoline continues to increase. (more info)

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Premium AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oils offer the longest drain intervals on the market, unsurpassed protection and performance that effectively extends equipment life and improved fuel economy, saving customers money at the pump and reducing the nation's dependence on foreign oil.


"AMSOIL INC. warrants that the use of its lubricants will not cause mechanical damage to any mechanically sound equipment when AMSOIL INC. products are used in full compliance with the company's recommendations and instructions."


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AMSOIL synthetic motor oils are formulated to surpass engine test specifications, offering protection far greater than competing motor oils for extended drain intervals. Most synthetic oil manufacturers make no claim to extended drain intervals, deferring to the maintenance schedule provided by the vehicle manufacturer. With its unparalleled oil and warranty program, AMSOIL offers consumers unprecedented protection and economics.


Another AMSOIL First

More than 20 years ago, AMSOIL began using the NOACK volatility test as a comparison tool and measurement of quality. Back then, nearly every oil tested side-by-side with AMSOIL synthetic motor oils failed, and those that passed barely squeaked by. Other oil companies paid no attention to NOACK results until Ford Motor Company made it a requirement for service fill oils, validating what AMSOIL had said all along.


THE NOACK Volatility Test
The NOACK Volatility Test determines the evaporation loss of lubricants in high temperature service. The more motor oils vaporize, the thicker and heavier they become, contributing to poor circulation, reduced fuel economy and increased oil consumption, wear and emissions. AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oil resists high temperature volatization better than other motor oils. AMSOIL Synthetic Motor Oil maintains peak fuel efficiency and reduces oil consumption and emissions.

AMSOIL Now An ISO Certified Manufacturer
AMSOIL recently received ISO 9001:2000 certification of our Quality Management System (QMS). NSF International Strategic Registrations is the registrar that has verified our QMS meets the requirements of the ISO 9001:2000 standard, the most widely utilized quality standard throughout the world for quality management systems. ISO standards are used by over 300,000 companies worldwide setting rigorous standards for businesses, government and industry.

ISO 9001:2000 is applicable to any manufacturing and service organization providing a framework for system development that focuses on the customer, quality system performance and ongoing improvement. AMSOIL received ISO 9001:2000 registration under the scope: synthetic lubricants blending, packaging, and other fulfillment directly associated with lubricant product.

The ISO certification puts AMSOIL in line with some of the most efficient companies in the world. It is further assurance that the products and services AMSOIL provides will continue to maintain the high level of quality the company always demanded.


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