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API Categories and Their Importance

API Service Categories and 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
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Brake Fluids

“True” Synthetic or “Fake” Synthetic


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 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 & 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


 

Suspension Fluids
Suspension Fluids

Suspension Fluids – Suspension fluids are a topic of interest for me for two reasons. First I like the fluids for their simplicity. They arestraightforward to design, yet there is a lot of opportunity to fine tune and optimize a fluid for specific suspension….read more


JASO Explained2.1
JASO Explained: Part 2

JASO Explained Pt 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. At the time, there was a lack….read more


Warranty cert
Please consult your owner’s manual for full details

Warranty Coverage & OEMs –   Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are great for so many reasons. They stick by their products and offer warranties in the case of defective parts that may have been overlooked or unrecognized during design and construction. Plus, not to state the obvious, they make ….read more


JASO Explained1
JASO Explained: Part 1

JASO Explained Pt 1 –     JASO 4-Stroke Specification      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 the implementation of the JASO motorcycle engine….read more


Maintain Your Chain
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 amend this article. Moving along now, let’s get started….read more


Viscosity & Viscosity Grades
Viscosity & Viscosity Grades

Viscosity & Viscosity Grades                            Viscosity is a measurement of and oils 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. There are two varieties of viscosity in which to measure oil. The first is the kinematic….read more


Base Oil Types
Base Fluid Types

Base Fluid Types                     As many people are already well aware, there are two types of base oil typically used in lubricating oils (with the exception of possibly a third being plant based oils, but we will wait for another time to discuss those). Those are petroleum based oils refined from crude oil and synthetic oils created by humans through chemical….read more


Motorcycle or Automotive Oil
Motorcycle or Automotive Oil

Automotive or Motorcycle Oil The question or suggestion is often made that you can use any engine oil in a engine oil in them, the real question is whether or not you want to or not. While no one denies….read more