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AMSOIL Motorcycle Oil for Harley-Davidson
A situation my daughter, Lyn, told me about
recently got me to thinking about how good it is to be able
to blend our own oils and have complete control of our own
Lyn loves to ride motorcycles. She recently
purchased a Harley-Davidson bike and took it to the local
Harley shop to have our new AMSOIL Motorcycle Oil installed.
The mechanic took issue with her not using the oil Harley-Davidson
sells, saying, "I'll use AMSOIL motor oil when AMSOIL
starts making motorcycles!"
How would you answer a challenge like that?
I was pleased to hear Lyn's response. She said, "I'll
start using Harley-Davidson motor oil when Harley starts
Perfect! The fact is that Harley-Davidson,
like so many other "brands" of oil, contract with
one or more oil companies to make their lubricants. Often,
the decision as to who actually makes a private labeled
product is based on low bid, and like almost everything
manufactured by a low bidder, short cuts are taken in order
to meet the low price.
I understand that Harley-Davidson has contracted
with one company for a number of years to make their oil.
That's good, but it doesn't change the fact that they make
motorcycles, not oil. Now consider all the other private
label oils out there. Every manufacturer that makes equipment
with an engine has its own name on an oil bottle. That includes
all the major auto manufacturers, the makers of motorcycles,
ATV's, snowmobiles, lawnmowers, farm equipment, you name
it, they all have oils. But none of these equipment manufacturers
actually make an oil. They sell oil to make more money,
and they often price these oils well above the going rate
for competitive lubricants because, like Harley-Davidson,
they can specify or create the impression that only their
oil be used in their equipment.
Now there's nothing wrong in having a goal
to make money, but let's get real here. Why would anyone
want to use a product manufactured down to a price rather
than a product manufactured up to high quality standards?
We have tested a number of these private label motor oils
and two-cycle oils and we found many are mediocre quality
products. None of them even comes close to performing as
well as AMSOIL lubricants, and that's a fact!
I'm not taking shots at Harley-Davidson.
They make good motorcycles (although I liked my Goldwing
better). And I understand their concern that normal automotive
oils not meeting API C specs shouldn't be used in their
bikes. But when they imply that AMSOIL Motorcycle Oil is
not as good as their brand or I hear that one of their dealers
recommended not using AMSOIL, I get a little hostile. These
kinds of statements are the very reason we introduced our
motorcycle oils in the first place. And when we say use
our 20W-50 motorcycle oil in V-Twin motorcycle engines,
that definately includes Harley-Davidson motorcycles!
Products Brochure, G-391, includes wear comparisons
of AMSOIL Motorcycle Oils vs other oils, including H-D "Genuine."
Both our oils demonstrate superior wear protection over
all other tested brands. Interestingly enough, the highest
wear scar in this test turned out to be Harley-Davidson's
own "Genuine" oil!
There is a good reason why AMSOIL
Motorcycle Oils protect so well against wear. They are
formulated with significantly higher levels of zinc and
phosphorus, which when included in proper formulation with
other high quality additives, provide superior wear protection
at the high operating temperatures typical of motorcycles.
In addition, synthetic oils inherently reduce sump temperatures
so the engines actually run cooler.
The fact is, Harley would do well to have
AMSOIL make their oils for them. Then they could be assured
that their oil was indeed a superior product. As it is,
there may be absolutely nothing wrong with their oil for
use in average service, but I guarantee you that as the
oil temperature gets hotter, like it does when sitting in
traffic on asphalt on a hot summer day, the Harley-Davidson
with AMSOIL in the crankcase is going to be far better protected
and run far cooler than the bike with H-D "Genuine"
oil in it. There's just no two ways about it!
So, my daughter Lyn will be going back
to this mechanic armed with the facts about AMSOIL
Motorcycle Oils and a few facts about H-D oil. Nobody's
going to tell her that her dad's oils are not the very best.
She knows better, and she's on a mission to prove her point.
Who knows? Knowing Lyn, she might sign up another AMSOIL
Dealer in the process!
A. J. "Al" Amatuzio
President and CEO, AMSOIL INC.
NOACK Volatility Test
is a Critical Measurement of Motor Oil Quality
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
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.
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 Synthetic Motor Oil easily passes
the NOACK Test and falls well below the 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
AMSOIL V-Twin Motorcycle
Oil Torture Test
What You Need To Know
About Motorcycle Oils
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
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.
Density - Motorcycle engines produce nearly twice
the horsepower per cubic inch of displacement of automobile
engines. This exposes the lubricating oil to higher temperatures
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.
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
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.
Erik Buell Partners With
AMSOIL Synthetic Motorcycle
Oil is the Factory Fill Oil for EBR Buell Motorcycles
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.
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
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.
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
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2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster XL1200L with over 50,000 AMSOIL
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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."
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.
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.
NOACK Volatility Test
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
AMSOIL Now An ISO Certified
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
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.
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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