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Old 8 Feb 2014
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Clutch slipping/ oil is too good nx4

Just a heads up, I put mobil1 vtwin oil into my honda for a long trip, the idea was to extend the drain interval. I got some mayor clutch slip after about 1000 km
Replaced oil and filter and all is normal again
Apparently the clutch plates are same as CBR 600 so may apply there as well
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That's a common issue with oil bath motorcycle clutches. Always check with your dealer as to what oil they find works best for YOUR bike - every bike is different.
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I use Castrol GTX 10w 40 on all my road and offroad bikes seems to work well and nearly half the price of motorbike specific oil
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Originally Posted by Cleland View Post
Just a heads up, I put mobil1 vtwin oil into my honda for a long trip, the idea was to extend the drain interval. I got some mayor clutch slip after about 1000 km
Replaced oil and filter and all is normal again
Apparently the clutch plates are same as CBR 600 so may apply there as well
Es possible .. your dealer gave you the wrong oil ? Strange problem! I know Mobil One and have had good luck with it in four or five bikes over the last 6 or 7 years. No clutch slip.

But it's very smart you stopped and changed out the oil however when you noticed the slipping. Good move! Usually, Mobil One for V twins would NOT have "Friction Modifiers", which is what the most common Mobil One synthetic car oils have. It makes for better fuel economy ... but is NOT friendly for Wet clutches. It has a GREEN TOP.

But Mobil produce many oils without friction modifiers ... and the V Twin oil should NOT have them. So very weird that you got slippage. You should not get it with that oil.

I have no idea what types of Mobil One oil you can get in Argentina ... but here in USA you can get Mobil One synthetic for "High Mileage" vehicles. (for older cars with many miles) This is what I use in ALL my bikes ... and have done for over 100,000 miles (over 4 bikes). It works fine. It's not motorcycle specific but works perfectly in all my bikes. I hope your clutch is OK ... safe travels and don't forget to eat the Calafate Berries. It means you will return!
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Maybe it's country specific- not sure where Cleland is from.

I ran Castrol Magnatech 10W40 when in Africa with no hassles. In Australia, the same oil does not work and appears to have friction modifiers that buggers the clutch.
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I actually brought the oil from miami, weird but i had an empty suitcase, since previous post I've changed the oil twice , roads are long in patagonia, first shell semi for bikes, and more recently ELF mineral for bikes..result no slip at all
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