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View Poll Results: Let's see what type oil you are using:
H-D Fully Synthetic Motorcycle specific Oil 63 24.51%
H-D "Dino" Motorcycle specific Oil 54 21.01%
Other brand of Fully Synthetic Motorcycle specific Oil 60 23.35%
Other brand of Fully Synthetic Car Oil 38 14.79%
Other brand of Semi-Synthetic Car Oil 2 0.78%
Other brand of "Dino" Motorcycle specific Oil 12 4.67%
Other brand of "Dyno" Car Oil 18 7.00%
Other brand of "Dino" Diesel oil 10 3.89%
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I've always run Valvolene 20 / 50 Racing in my H-D's. It supposed to be able to handle the heat and needs of a 4 stroke scooter no problem and from my experiance it great!
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Spectro Golden American 20W50 Semi-Synthetic
New Name ... now called Spectro Heavy Duty Golden 20W50

Quiet and cool running.....
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Lucas 50w synthetic
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H-D 60 weight. It dont leak out as fast!!!
Well said.
I also use genuine H-D 60.
My '71 Sporty is the only thing In my garage that always has a couple of drops under it. The leaks seem to come and go. As a professional mechanic it used to drive me nuts. But after sealing and re-sealing everything on it I have just accepted that these old Harleys will leak a few drops.
I have a neighbor who is an old timer greybeard biker. He says when an old Harley stops leaking it is out of oil.
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I'm just getting my bike going now and am draining the sludge out for the first time in at least 6 or 7 years. After looking at all the opinions I'm going with Castrol GTX 20W-50. I use expensive synthetic for all my other vehicles and with no oil filter I think frequency of changes outweighs what brand I use.
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Synthetic car or motorcycle oil.

Redline motorcycle oil 20w-60 is the bottle in use now, castrol 10w-60 Edge was good in colder weather. Been using teboil 10w-60 diamond synth car oil and of course Redline 20w-50 synthetic.

What bothers me in motorcycle oils is that these are compatible with wet clutch. Sportster clutch doesn't bathe in motor oil, so slippery oil is alright! In fact more slippery, the better...
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Synthetic car or motorcycle oil.

Redline motorcycle oil 20w-60 is the bottle in use now, castrol 10w-60 Edge was good in colder weather. Been using teboil 10w-60 diamond synth car oil and of course Redline 20w-50 synthetic.

What bothers me in motorcycle oils is that these are compatible with wet clutch. Sportster clutch doesn't bathe in motor oil, so slippery oil is alright! In fact more slippery, the better...
Good question, I have always used car oil for bikes. What advantage does bike oil have? They even have oil specifically for the big twins.
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Well said.
I also use genuine H-D 60.
My '71 Sporty is the only thing In my garage that always has a couple of drops under it. The leaks seem to come and go. As a professional mechanic it used to drive me nuts. But after sealing and re-sealing everything on it I have just accepted that these old Harleys will leak a few drops.
I have a neighbor who is an old timer greybeard biker. He says when an old Harley stops leaking it is out of oil.
If it leaks enough you never have to change it. Just keep topping it off and it will always be clean.
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Valvoline now states in the PDS that VR1 synthetic and VR1 non synthetic should not be used for MC application and to use 4 stroke MC oil.

Use Lucas Oil straight SAE 50 wt conventional in the engine and Lucas Oil motorcycle transmission oil synthetic, 80w/85w, in primary/gear box case for both 09 & 1980 XLs.
Lucas Oil MC Transmission 80w/85w oil is not an API GL-4 or 5 gear oil.
This oil is especially formulated for a MC with common clutch and transmission case like the XL and some Hondas.
The space is rather limited with synthetic oil for this specific application, most all other sport clutc/trans oils are non synthetic with lower viscosity index, higher oxidation rate, lower shear stability compared to a synthetic.
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Valvoline now states in the PDS that VR1 synthetic and VR1 non synthetic should not be used for MC application and to use 4 stroke MC oil.
But, the Sportster engine does not have a clutch involved, it has a separate oil system more like an automobile, with no mixing with clutch or transmission.

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