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    2 days ago I finally completed 2000 km on my 2014 tee dub. I've been waiting all year to get synthetic into the motor and finally did it. the first surprise was when I went to put it in to gear and the bike jumped and stalled the engine. I then when for a ride and was impressed with the oil as the motor was quieter and had more power, mostly on top end. now feels good at 100 kmph. what I don't understand is the clutch needing to be broken free every time I start out, even after an hour of sitting it will not roll if in gear will the clutch in ( engine off) is this normal with mobil 1 t4? i'm thinking of taking it out and trying another brand
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    I use the same oil and don't have any clutch sticking issues. You're using 10w-40 Mobil 4t motorcycle oil? LINK Maybe a clutch adjustment issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TWilight View Post
    grewen, if it bugs you the way the bike is behaving now......change the oil. You already know it is a cheaper fix than most fixes, and you have experience changing the oil. While "I" would not use the Mobil 1 mx4t oil....there are folks on here that do use it, with success. In answer to your question, "I" would use the plain old Mobil 1 oil, designed and meant for automotive use, and not specially bottled and decorated up for motorcycle use. But that is because I am different than 93.14159 % of the "people" on this forum

    Quick and simple tip here. Run your bike with the mx4t oil in it for 100 miles, or......150 kilometers...your choice. And if you still experience the clutch difficulty, change the oil and install a normal 10w-30 petroleum oil in the engine. Now run that for 100 miles, or....150 kilometers.....again, your choice. Did the clutch improve with this oil change ?
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    Simple tip to help alleviate/mitigate that clunk is to start with the clutch pulled in. Once running and with the bike in neutral pull the the clutch leaver in and release a couple of times before putting it into first. Seems to "lube things up" a bit.

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    I've run several different oils in my Dub including 4T with out any problems. Seems strange a simple oil change can cause the clutch to stick. Unless your using 20/50wt. in the cold.

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    I thought it strange too, Xracer as it did it on the very first start up and it worked great with yamalub semi synthetic. i'm using 10-40 and it's hot out. I think like TWilight says, give it a few more miles, maybe just too clean
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    TWilight, I thought there was additives in ordinary motor oil that did hurt our wet clutches. you don't have any problems using it?
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    I use Rotella T in my bikes, works fine for me. Best bang for buck imo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grewen View Post
    TWilight, I thought there was additives in ordinary motor oil that did hurt our wet clutches. you don't have any problems using it?
    "Some" do. But if you read on any motorcycle forum you will see the people that make "motorcycle" oil have done an OUTSTANDING job of convincing people they NEED "motorcycle" oil. And of course "motorcycle" oil costs more because they have to design and then print a picture of a motorcycle on every single bottle.
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    I just love oil threads, well because (at least in my mind) I actually know what I'm talking about, hah! Well first off I agree with scotti158 and would check clutch adjustment. Could be a bit too much free play. Next, I always told myself that since Tdub only uses 1 quart of oil don't be a penny pincher and buy the best oil you can afford. So in 11,000+ miles I've tried many, mostly synthetics (expensive). I've settled on Red Line 20w/50 for several reasons. One of which is smooth clutch engagement. They now make a motorcycle specific oil and after CA tax it was over $17 a quart, OMG! Napa was the only place I could find it. Well at least I can ride in peace knowing I've got the most expensive oil on the planet in the Tdub. Does anyone know of a more expensive oil? If so let me know why you like it.

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