Thursday, December 13, 2007

Choosing Your Motorcycle’s Oil

Choosing the oil for your motorcycle’s engine is an important task every owner is faced with when performing an oil change as part of his or her successful preventative maintenance routine. This article will detail different situations to keep in mind when making this choice, in easy to follow language, so all owners can make this choice with confidence, and get back to the fun part, riding, with the peace of mind having taken an integral step towards ensuring the motorcycle’s reliability for many future joy-giving rides.

Oil’s importance in the motorcycle engine is twofold. It provides the lubrication necessary so that all metal parts move together in harmony without ever grinding on each other in a “metal on metal” situation. Oil also performs its duty as a cooling agent, keeping the engine from overheating which can cause permanent damage, especially in an engine that revs as high as a motorcycle’s. Changing a motorcycle’s oil on a regular basis ensures that the oil in the engine continues to fulfill its function and does not perform inadequately because of age and impurities acquired over many miles.

Before changing your oil, it is important to find out what brand/viscosity/type of oil is already in use in the engine. It is advisable to maintain a continuity of brand/grade of oil in your engine unless a move to a different climate demands a different grade. A heavier grade of oil could be needed in a colder climate to provide increased cold starting ability, whereas a lighter grade could be adequate in a more amiable climate. Also something to keep in mind is the type of riding you are doing on your bike. Racing a bike requires more oil changes and a racing type motor oil would be advisable because of its increased cooling ability at the high temperatures present in the engine when racing. For simple recreational riding or commuting, this increased performance oil is really not necessary. Excellent providers such as Triple Diamond Energy Corp supply the refined oil that goes into many top brands of motorcycle oil used in all sorts of riding applications.

The best resource for finding the type of oil needed for a particular make and model of motorbike continues to be the motorcycle’s service or user’s manual. Every new bike bought and sold should include a user’s manual, and if the bike is bought secondhand, the purchaser should be able to find a copy of the user’s manual on the Internet. If not, it is advisable to purchase a shop manual such as ones made by Clymer or Chilton. Even if your bike came with a user manual, these shop manuals are an excellent resource when attempting minor and even extensive repairs.

About the Author: Chris Jent is the chief marketing officer of Triple Diamond Energy Corp. Triple Diamond Energy specializes in acquiring the highest quality prime oil and gas properties. For more information, visit

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