Choosing the right oil: Should you use mineral, semi or fully synthetic motorcycle oil?

Quality wise, there are basically 4 different groups of modern motorcycle oils:

  • Mineral oils
  • Semi synthetic oils
  • Synthetic oils
  • Fully synthetic oils

This basic grading for oil types is used for both 2 stroke and 4 stroke oils. Mineral oils are the lowest quality and fully synthetic oils are the best quality.
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Suzuki CS50 Roadie Specs and Info (1982 to 1988)

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Suzuki CS50 Roadie specs
1983 Suzuki CS50 DD Roadie (electric start model)

Suzuki CS50 Roadie specs…..

The Suzuki CS 50 Roadie was a 49cc, 2 stroke scooter manufactured by Suzuki Motor Corporation and sold in the UK between 1982 and 1988.

The CS50 was marketed as the ‘CS50 Roadie’ in the UK and the ‘CS50 Gemma’ in Asia and was also sold under license as the ‘Puch Lido’ in parts of Europe.
The CS50 was available as a 6 volt scooter with kick start only and a 12 volt scooter with kick and electric start.
Although the CS50 shared many parts with the CS80 (so parts could be interchanged between the 50cc and 80cc models), it was almost completely different to the 125cc model.
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Honda VFR750 Specs and Info (1986 to 1997)

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Honda VFR750 Specs
Honda VFR750 FP (1993 model)

Honda VFR750 Specs…..

The Honda VFR750 (also known as the VFR750 Interceptor in the US) was a sport tourer motorcycle produced by Honda and available for sale in the UK between March 1986 and December 1997 (when it was replaced by the VFR800.

The VFR750F used the Honda V4 configuration engine. The engine was a completely redesigned and improved version of the earlier VF700 and VF750 F models that had numerous cam shaft and bearing problems.
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Use any old motorcycle oil in your bike, it all meets the spec anyway……Doesn’t it?

Does my oil meet the spec

Why should you use a proper motorcycle oil in your pride and joy, surely all oil meets the spec anyway?

So often the terms ‘oil is oil’ and ‘it all meets the spec’ are bandied about in conversation, both actual and virtually. Forums are awash with opinions on oil and lubrication, motorcycle arenas are especially prone to this and it never ceases to amaze me the utter, misguided, bollox that passes for expert internet opinion in this area. So here is my opinion (and actually, I really am an oil expert!).
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How to use the tyre innertube valve puller tool…..

Valve puller tool
The tyre innertube valve puller tool (VLVPUL)

The innertube valve puller tool (part no VLVPUL) is a tool designed to simplify scooter and motorbike innertube and tyre fitment by allowing an innertube to be easily located and pulled through the valve hole in wheel rim.
This page shows what the tool does and how to use it.

Unscrew the end from the handle

1) Unscrew the puller tools end from it’s storage bit inside the handle.
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Rock Oil XRP 5w30 Increases BHP – Myth or Fact?

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Well, Rock Oil Synthesis XRP is a fully synthetic motorcycle oil developed for racing. XRP has been around for nearly 10 years now with claims that it can ‘increase horse power’, but is this statement actually true and exactly how could it increase BHP?

BMW S1000R run on XRP
A 2010 BMW S1000RR being filled with XRP 5w30 just before being run on a Dyno

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Piaggio Zip 50 Cat Specs and Info (2001 to 2005)

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Piaggio Zip 50 Cat specs
2003 Zip Cat 50cc in blue

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Piaggio Zip 50 Cat Specs…..

The Zip Cat 50cc was a 4bhp, 2 stroke scooter released in January 2001 in the UK by Piaggio. The Zip Cat was a variation of the Zip 2000 with basically the same features and styling.

The Zip 50 Cat had a catalytic converter on the exhaust system and the word ‘Catalyst’ just under the word ‘Zip’ on the badges either side of the tail panel!
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Gilera DNA 50 Specs and Info (2000 to 2006)

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Gilera DNA 50 Specs
Gilera DNA 50cc in red

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Gilera DNA 50 Specs…..

Introduced into the UK in July 2000, the Gilera 50cc DNA was a ground breaking hybrid of a motorbike and a scooter. The DNA 50 featured larger (14 inch) wheels and front forks and body layout similar to a motorbike, whilst using a twist and go engine, automatic transmission and drive from a scooter.

The DNA 50cc proved massively popular with younger riders and although it was restricted to 30mph (as per UK law!), it was fairly easy to de restrict and unrestricted 50cc models could (supposedly!) get up to 60mph!
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Different Motorbike Helmet Buckles…..

A motorcycle helmet buckle is the part on the end of the helmet strap that, when the 2 parts are connected together, holds the helmet securely on your head.
There are (in very basic terms!) 3 different motorbike helmet buckles, the quick release buckle, the ‘Double D’ buckle and the micro metric buckle……

The Quick Release Style Helmet Buckle

Quick release helmet buckle in helmet
View of a closed quick release buckle on an AGV helmet.
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Honda SGX50 Sky Specs and Info (1997 to 2003)

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Honda SGX50 Sky Parts…

Honda SGX50 Sky Specs
SGX50 Sky with chrome plating on the exhaust cover

Honda SGX50 Sky Specs…..

The Honda SGX 50 Sky was a budget, step through, 2 stroke, 49cc scooter/moped hybrid with 16 inch wheels sold in the UK March 1997 and May 2003.
The SGX50 Sky was available in 3 different styles, a basic model, a ‘Deluxe’ model with chrome plating on the headlight, tail light, indicators and rear carrier rack and a ‘Fun’ model with semi transparent bodywork.

Although the SGX50 Sky was popular for a short while in the UK, it proved very popular in Southern Europe because of it’s simple styling and ‘easy to use’ features.

The SGX 50 was, at one point, considered as a likely replacement for the Honda C90 Cub.
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