AlanRides· Premium Member
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Sorry to hear about your misadventure this afternoon. Thankfully it sounds like the bike's and your safety gear did their jobs and hopefully tomorrow morning won't bring any new discomfort,was going to write about how i put in some castrol 20w-50 4t jaso ma2 a few months ago that give me some clutch slippage. the auto store had it for about $4.50 and they only had two bottles. they probably found it during an inventory of the store. so i replaced it with some costco diesel 15w-40 last week. i figured its probably close enough to shell rotella t4 or t6. i do changes by dumping out the oil tank. the crankcase drain bolt is a pain to get to.
it handled rough the day i put in the costco diesel oil. but it could have been the sub 40F temps. i didnt like riding in that cold. normally, i use mobile1 10w-40 or 20w-50. ive even tried the supertech equivalent in the past. sometimes i prefill the oil filter.
fast forward to this afternoon. plan out a 3.5 - 4 hour ride, while watching some videos about riding techniques. picked a few small towns and such with the last leg being the interstate to get home by dark. oil did fine, no clutch slippage felt. great ride. sun in my eyes, wind in my helmet, ear plugs to preserve my remaining hearing. lots of straight lines with a few curves here and there.
i had built up all kinds of confidence going through the curves thus far. then it finally happened. not even two miles from the interstate. a double dog leg. practically a right hand turn, followed by a straightaway barely longer than two 18 wheelers, then a left hand turn. i saw the road sign and was expecting the road to curve like the ones before it. then it hit me, the other signs had curved arrows. this one was a right/left double right angle line.
i barely made it halfway through the turn. ended up in the gravel lot on the other side. eventually, coming to a stop resting on the freshly bent linby bar. it also got more scratches on the windshield from some low hanging branches. the new cycle gear jeans got scuffed up a bit at the knee pads. i didnt even feel anything on the left knee, guess ill know in the morning. another biker stopped and helped me upright the bike. the last leg on the interstate was just over an hour long ride. the bike and i did just fine.
i'm just over 21000 miles on this bike and just barely over 11000 on the scooter. i know i need more practice. i usually make curves and corners at speeds that would probably incite road rage with drivers behind me. but its at a pace that's comfortable for me.
ive had my fair share of tipovers. the usual backing out of the garage or parking area. forgetting to put down the kickstand. ive even tipped over while doing a u turn. but this was my first at a speed faster than a duck walk.
im wondering how much of that plexus or wax im going to need to buff out the scratches. next weekend, ill assess the damage after washing the mud off the left side and bugs off the windshield. i dont intend to part with the roadstar. it looks good, has only one carb to clean, and it's red.
im expecting the scooter back next week, as the last part was delayed by the weather last week. there is something about small bikes being easier to manage and fun. i had a blast the first time out on the tail of the dragon, the mountains around maggie valley, and the blue ridge parkway with a 300cc scooter.
About the oil, I used Castrol GTX 10-40 for all 80,000+ miles I put on my Nomad and it didn't cause any clutch slippage that I could discern. As you observed it's Jaso rated, so that is very curious. Glad you were able to dilute it and get the clutch back towards normal.
Hope you and your bike heal up quickly!