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I'm off on a trip from the UK to South Africa in 6 weeks and I've got to that stage where I'm trying to find things to take back out of my luggage. As such, I'm wondering if I've got any chance of getting decent quality (ideally synthetic) motorcycle oil in any of Burkina/Niger/Nigeria/Cameroon. My current plan was to take a couple of litres with me for a change round about mid-trip, having started out on fresh fully synthetic but I could do with losing an extra couple of kgs (both from myself and the luggage!).
I now you get get car-spec mineral oil in these places, but I've (personally) always found that using the right oil for your wheels pays dividends - at least in the long run.
I've got to that stage where I'm trying to find things to take back out of my luggage. As such, I'm wondering if I've got any chance of getting decent quality (ideally synthetic) motorcycle oil in any of Burkina/Niger/Nigeria/Cameroon.
Or how to over load your vehicle?
I'd not carry a change of engine oil with me .. that extra weight means more fuel, more likely to fall, heavier to pick up, more work for teh suspension/frame/wheels/tires ..
If the state service interval is say 5,000kms .. them I'df be looking for oil at 3,000 km .. and buy and change when avalible .. if all you can get is not the best .. change it anyway .. and keep looking for the good stuf and change it again as soon as that becomes avalible ..
Should be able to get good stuf in Togo .. KTM dealer ...
In all West African capital cities, you will be able to find synthtic motor oil these days. Whether it be Shell's, Totals, or if you're lukcy enough...Mobil.
The Dino/mineral oil you'll find is either made by SIFAL from Cote d'Ivoire or CSL in Senegal in Wes Africa. It doesn't matter if its Total or Mobil or Shell...their Dino is made by one of the two and written on the side.
The sysntetic is imported into West Africa and costs about $5 USD per liter when you find it.
Hope this helps.
PS I don't carry my own oil but change it when the opportunity presents itself..and it usually does.
my thoughts...I would run the bike on mineral oil as that is by far the most common. When I asked for synthetic/semi synthetic not many people knew what I was talking about. The bottles I used didn't even say whether it was mineral or synthetic but i assumed that meant it was plain old mineral (it was multigrade though - there were oils that werent multigrade as well). Just makes life easier if you decide to go with mineral and you can top up or change oil anytime...don't carry an oil change though, just carry some top-up oil for just-in-case.
Thanks for the tips and perspectives. I reckon I'll set off on synthetic and switch to mineral on my first change, then change it fairly often. I hadn't planned on going via Lome, but the lure of 'the only KTM dealer in W.Africa' makes it a practically irresistable proposition! If they have any 990's in stock, I might even chop my 640 Adv in for one. I can just imagine the fun that would cause with my carnet and V5 :-)
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