The API oil classifications in the old manuals no longer apply to motorcycles. I've posted plenty of info on the changes in motor oils and how these changes are bad for TWs. You can read some of those threads.
To make a long story short, I've switched to Mobil 1 Racing 4T in 10W40 for winter and Mobil 1 V-twin in 20W-50 for summer.
Avoid any oil labeled "ENERGY CONSERVING" or "EMISSION REDUCING". Use only oils with JASO MA certification.
Ashless dispsersants (ZDDP, etc.) in aero oils of any brand are not sufficiently robust for motorcycles. Aero oils need low dispersants to avoid plug fouling--aero engines are notorious oil burners. They can get away with low dispersants due to their very low operating rpm and correspondingly low necessary valve spring pressures, oversized wear surfaces, and premium materials and manufacturing process such as heat treating and induction hardening. Aero oils are very high quality base stock and not much else.
will, it looks like i am starting a new chapter and trading my TDub days for a mobility scooter, but not one of those little dinky ones that don't get any respect on the sidewalk. has anyone ever seen a Boomer Beast 2 in real life, they look like they will fit my life style pretty nicely. 45 kms...
As promised — here’s the “definitive” article — first, a guide to identifying the American TW200 by the colour scheme for each year — 1987 to 2018 (credit to Joeband for the pics)
1987 — two colours (below)
1988 — single colour — The ”Black Widow”
1989 — two colours — (the first is a...
I would like to know what kind of mileage my fellow tdubers have on their trusty machines..
Just take a second and post your mileage.
I have only 498 miles .... Thunderstorms almost everyday after work since I bought her..
When I was researching TWs before buying my own, I was curious about the differences between model years. The following two posts seem to be the go-to for this information...
"Trying to think of various changes by year to the USA TW200 – so feel free to chime in on this …...