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Jim Hubert
11-12-2007, 11:19 AM
After tires, oil seems to elicit the most emotional discourse of any topic (it ranks right up there with religion!). How about throwing a little science at the problem?

I have never had an oil analysis done, but intend to for the SXV. Did a bit of searching and found several companies that offer such a service. One of the companies has an excellent .PDF about interpreting the results of an oil analysis.

http://www.oaitesting.com/g2047.pdf

One of the things I learned is that the sample must be taken hot and not contaminated (not even sucked through the same "straw" as a prior sample). Silly me, I was going to submit my drain oil for analysis.

I will do this next year, and post results here. In the meantime, if anyone has a running engine, I'd love to see your results.

Here is another company that offers the testing:

http://www.vehicare.com/oilcheck.htm

duc slayer
11-12-2007, 11:27 AM
you wanna talk with orangerider, he said that he has very detailed "log" books on the entire bike. Every single oil change has been logged, from the cc amount to the color to the thickness and contamination. But I'm not sure if he had the analysis done or had to ship it to the factory

amauri
11-12-2007, 03:25 PM
We've raced the SXV450 and 550 all season in the AMA Supermoto, and after every race I took samples of both the gearbox and crankcase oils.

BelRay is our lubricant sponsor and has analyzed the samples I took and sent to their labs in NJ.
I don't know if I'm allowed to post these documents on a public forum but I'll ask them for permission.

BTW, of all our sponsors, BelRay was the most professional bunch of people to work with.
They are all true motorcycle enthusiasts that go way back for over 60 years in the motorcycle community, thank you BelRay.

duc slayer
11-12-2007, 04:11 PM
sweeeeeeeeeeet avatar

and once again congrats on the season

and let me know when you start scheduleing (sp) motor work

fyr
11-12-2007, 09:12 PM
... BelRay is our lubricant sponsor ... they are all true motorcycle enthusiasts that go way back for over 60 years in the motorcycle community, thank you BelRay.

BelRay has been my best experience in my limited racing (MX) as well. So, what BelRay products are you using in the SXV? Please, do tell. I'm looking for a good oil for these bikes [as are many others here I'm sure].

fyr
11-12-2007, 09:15 PM
sweeeeeeeeeeet avatar...

:plus:


and once again congrats on the season

and let me know when you start scheduleing (sp) motor work

:plus:

amauri
11-12-2007, 11:29 PM
BelRay has been my best experience in my limited racing (MX) as well. So, what BelRay products are you using in the SXV? Please, do tell. I'm looking for a good oil for these bikes [as are many others here I'm sure].

We’ve been using their Thumper 20W-50 in the motor and Gear Saver 85W for the gearbox/clutch.
http://www.belray.com/consumer/product.fsp?pid=13611
http://www.belray.com/consumer/product.fsp?pid=13636

We finished every race in the unlimited class and not a single engine failure all year.
The 450 class was a bit tougher for us, some electrical problems in Connecticut and the last one in Mogongo. Ben also crashed out twice but no engine failures with the 450 either.


and let me know when you start scheduleing (sp) motor work
I'm finishing-up race team business till the end of November, and taking a two week vacation to Italy in Dec.

If you all want motors rebuilt, I guess we could get started on Jan 1st.
Start thinking about how you could build a wood crate and ship your motor to me, or if you're local in So Cal, bring the whole bike so I can set it up properly once the new motor is in.

spencer
11-13-2007, 07:37 AM
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:plus::plus:

Congratulations for the whole effort!

Spence