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    Since switching to Shell Rotella synthetic (what I use in all of my cars & bikes) I've noticed that my clutch seems to slip when accelerating. I didn't notice this before I changed the oil, although that may have been because I was not throttling as aggressively as I am now.



    I'm just curious if anyone else has experienced any similar symtoms when using synthetics with the TW. It's worth noting that Shell Rotella does not have friction modifiers and many, many people swear by this oil for use in motorcycles.



    I don't want this to be another oil thread, I'm just curious about clutch slipping & synthetic oil. I guess the only thing I can really do is to change back to non-synthetic and see if the problem goes away.



    It could be symptomatic of a larger issue (clutch).
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    Well a quick search brought up this thread in which several TW riders note using Rotella with much success and no slipping.



    Looks like I've got a problem unrelated to oil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catamount View Post
    Well a quick search brought up this thread in which several TW riders note using Rotella with much success and no slipping.



    Looks like I've got a problem unrelated to oil.


    Sounds like time for a clutch adjustment.

    How many miles on the bike? Might need new plates if you've been feathering the clutch a lot.



    Oh, and never use Slick50 in a bike. That stuff is really slippery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srs713 View Post
    [size="3"] [font="Comic Sans MS"]Sounds like time for a clutch adjustment.

    How many miles on the bike?


    10,139. I've got the service manual at home so I'll look into this tonight. Thanks!
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    I use Amsoil and no slippage

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    I've used synthetic for the past 5 years with NO slipping.

    As a side note, I tried the Rotella in my bike and DID NOT LIKE IT at all...it seemed to make the engine and valve-train noisier. On the other hand, I used the Rotella in my Honda CT90 and wife's Suzuki XL-7 for the past two years without a problem.



    I don't think your problem is oil related...probably an adjustment, or a replacement is due!
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    Mobil 1 seems fine in mine, although I also feel things are noisier ???
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    When I switched to Mobile Racing 4T the clutch seems a little stronger than the Havoline dino cycle oil I was using.




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    Castrol 20w-50.. Changed the other day and clutch seems to slip more. 59xx Miles.. ??



    Weird. Might have to try Rotella to see if it fixes it.



    Clutch engages fine. But can hear/feel it slipping when shifting. Mainly 3rd and 4th.

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    castrol syntec 10w30, has been fine so far for me, although im only bout 400 km into the oil change

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