API Categories & Their Importance

API Categories & Their Importance – There are a lot of comments made by people who have little regard for the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the specifications for motor oils with regards to motorcycle engine oils…..read more


“True” Synthetic or “Fake” Synthetic –

Before reading this article it is worthwhile for you to read my article about Base Fluid Types. Knowing the basics beforehand will help you understand this article more easily…..read more

Anti-Wear & Friction Modifiers

Anti-wear & Friction Modifiers – Friction modification and anti-wear are two properties that are commonly confused for one another or misunderstood as being a single property. However, friction modifiers and anti-wear additives are two separate classes of additives; though they do share a number of similarities. There are a few different….read more

Brake Fluid
Brake Fluid

Brake Fluid – Brake fluid is a topic in which just knowing the basic concepts and facts is enough to make a very informed decision when selecting your next purchase. There are some universal properties that all brake fluids meet in order to comply with government regulations. The United States Department of Transportation….read more


Grease Basics

Grease Basics –  Grease is a tool used so universally around the world but remains a bit of a mystery for many of the people who use it. Every motorcycle needs grease at some point and there are several different areas where it is applied. … read more


Polymer sheared through meshing gears

Viscosity Modifiers & Shear Stability – Viscosity modifiers are a component of most modern engine oils. These are often times thought to be a required component of multigrade viscosity oils, but that is not necessarily the case. Multigrade oils achieve their performance due to their viscosities at low and high temperature, and although a viscosity modifier may contribute to that property…. read more

Fork diagram2

Suspension Fluids – Suspension fluids are a topic of interest for me for two reasons. First I like the fluids for their simplicity. They are straightforward to design, yet there is a lot of opportunity to…. read more

JASO Explained Part 2: 2-Stroke Engine Oil

JASO Explained Part 2 – JASO 2-Stroke Specification The brief history of JASO with regards to 4-stroke requirements was described in JASO Explained: Part 1 and a lot of the same reasons were given for the formation of the JASO M345 specification for 2-stroke oils as were given for the T903 specification…. read more

JASO Explained1

JASO Explained Part 1 –   The Japanese Lubricating Oil Society or JALOS is the organization that regulates the performance of various motorcycle specific engine oils. JALOS is the organization that regulates and oversees implementation of the JASO motorcycle engine…. read more

Maintain Your Chain

Maintain Your Chain – Motorcycle drive chains are a variety of roller chain. The roller chain is the only type of chain used on a motorcycle that I am currently aware of. If there are other types, feel free to contact me and let me know and I’ll happily ammend this article…. read more

Viscosity & Viscosity Grades

Viscosity & Viscosity Grades – Viscosity is a measurement of an oil’s ability to flow. Oils can range from viscosities as thin as water to viscosities as thick as asphalt, so there is quite a large window of possibilities to work with when formulating lubricants…. read more