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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-03-2018, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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I know bringing up anything to do with oil is not the best subject but I have to ask. While out on a ride today I decided to check my motor oil on my 2011 Road Glide Ultra. Sure enough it was down a quart. Finding oil for a Harley Davidson up here in my neck of the woods is not an easy thing to do. Today being a holiday it was worst. Anyway I find some Rotella t 15w40 full synthetic for big trucks and tractors so I dumped it in the motor. I am thinking Jesus it can't be the end of the world it's heavy duty synthetic oil.
Thoughts on this bad or not so dad idea. I rode for about three hours after this in some real heat. I didn't notice any strange noises in the motor.

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not a prob, you should be able to use that oil til the next scheduled change, now you gotta figure out why the bike is burning oil
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Check the label on the Rotella if you still have it...If you look, it should have a motorcycle rating on it. I forget the specific code...JA maybe? I ran Rotella full synthetic on my metric and it worked great. I think you'll be fine
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I have put 4000km on the bike since I got it from the dealership. I hadn't noticed it being down until today while out for a ride. I'm almost due for a oil change anyway so I will watch the oil closer for the next while. I'll be doing the next oil change myself and will monitor closely. Any ideas on what could cause the bike to burn oil... never experienced this with any other bike I have owned.



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not a prob, you should be able to use that oil til the next scheduled change, now you gotta figure out why the bike is burning oil
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Had to add a quart of 10w 40 in a pinch.

If you ride with some “energy” or high speeds, you will use some oil. It’s the nature of the beast. However, if you haven’t changed and aren’t riding a bit more “spirited”, then you may have an issue.
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a quart over 3k miles isn't the worst, just fill it with Mobil1/Amssoil or another good synthetic on the next service and monitor. you likely dont have an issue.

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I have put 4000km on the bike since I got it from the dealership. I hadn't noticed it being down until today while out for a ride. I'm almost due for a oil change anyway so I will watch the oil closer for the next while. I'll be doing the next oil change myself and will monitor closely. Any ideas on what could cause the bike to burn oil... never experienced this with any other bike I have owned.
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Check the label on the Rotella if you still have it...If you look, it should have a motorcycle rating on it. I forget the specific code...JA maybe? I ran Rotella full synthetic on my metric and it worked great. I think you'll be fine
You're thinking the MA/MA2 rating and the truck oil is not going to have that. It's not the end of the world though and he will be fine until his next service.

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Rotella carries the JASO and MA/MA 2 rating...You'll be fine
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Whatever you do , do not read the owners manual for the '11 . It will tell you that if you have to add and can't find Harley oil to add a diesel oil , and dump it all and replace as soon as possible with Harley oil .
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HD pisses me off with the oil and lube statements in the owners manuals. Greedy bullshit to sell oil that is probably rebranded Quaker State or whatever.

With a separate oil bath for the engine, you can run any oil you want, just be sure the viscosity ratings are close to 10w-50, depending on what temp you are operating in.

My ST1300 has a wet clutch shared oil bath with the engine, I have run Rotella 15w-40 in it for over 100k miles/14 years. I run it in all of my wet clutch Japanese bikes.

What you do not want to do is put any oil in a bike that shares the engine oil bath with the clutch basket that says "energy conserving" on the label. The same is true for the primary oil bath on our RGs.
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