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    Question Is Pro Honda Oil Worth The Money / Effort?

    I am wondering if anybody can sell me on why I need to use the Pro Honda oil in my NC700X, versus buying some other brand off the shelf at the auto parts store (Valvoline, Castrol GTX, Pensoil, etc).

    I can buy the other oils for a bit less, and the auto parts store is closer to my house.

    I have similar questions about the filter, assuming I change the oil regularly.

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    Use your favorite brand that's compliant with the recommendations of Honda. From the owners manual: Always use Honda Genuine Parts or their equivalents to ensure reliability and safety.

    Also from the owners manual: Recommended engine oil Honda 4-stroke motorcycle oil API Service Classification SG or higher, excluding oils marked as “Energy Conserving,” SAE 10W-30, JASO T 903 standard MA

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    Make sure it doesn't say energy conserving

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    For my first oil change 600 miles which I did yesterday I used the honda oil because I was at the dealer .
    Next change I will go with something else. Mobil one is what I use in my other bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goodrick View Post
    I am wondering if anybody can sell me on why I need to use the Pro Honda oil in my NC700X, versus buying some other brand off the shelf at the auto parts store (Valvoline, Castrol GTX, Pensoil, etc).
    Nope, can't sell you on why you NEED the Honda brand oil, but of course if you WANT to spend the bucks there's nothing wrong with that. Honda brand oil or "off the shelf", the NC engine will probably well outlast your ownership of the bike either way.

    Use whatever you want so long as it meets the requirements specified in the manual. Be aware that the owner's manual only states 10W-30 as the grade recommended, but the Honda service manual states that either 10W-30 or 10W-40 is acceptable.

    AutoZone had Valvoline MA 10W-40 M/C oil cheap ($2/quart) last spring so I bought three cases.

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    In my opinion, the biggest reason for being careful what oil you choose is the clutch. The engine would probably run fine forever with any old oil. I have seen first hand what using the wrong oil will do to a clutch. Everyone thinks the most slippery highest tech oil is the best, when in reality it can cause a clutch to slip and wear out very quickly. I try my best to get Honda oil when possible because I know it is designed with wet clutches in mind. Just something to keep in mind.

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    My direct experience has been with good old Castrol GTX 10x40 bought in 4 liter jugs at the auto store. Single cylinder rotax with 80000kms and still going strong.
    I used this oil from the second oil change at 600 miles.
    Cheers

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    I already have the oil I'm going to use for the 600 mile service I'm doing this weekend. I have been using maxima for all my fluids for years on anything motorcycle. They sell engine oil, brake, fork, coolant, gear oil etc... And everything I have used has always been outstanding. I used the reg 5w30 in my cbr1000rr for 43,000 miles with no issues what so ever. I'm going to use the extra 4 full synthetic 10w40 with a k&n filter. I figure if I'm going 8,000 miles in between changes I might as well spring for the good stuff.

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    As a side note, Honda doesn't manufacture their own oil. I once read a post on another forum that stated Exxon Mobile was the manufactureer of Honda oils although I never looked for the article.

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    On the filters, do search as there is a thread on filters. Has a link or 2 where people have cut open the filters to compare the internal parts. Some filters have good internals and some are questionable.

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