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OPINION–Madness in every direction! Motorcycle Oil Prices

August 21, 2013

I’m getting prepared for my first attempt at getting certified by The Iron Butt Association.  A rider must ride 1000 miles in 24 hours for a Saddle Sore certification or 1,500 miles for a Bun Burner Gold certification.  As such, I’m riding as much as possible, exercising, and starting in September, giving up booze and caffeine (oh the pain………………..). 

I’ve started to prep the Caponord in advance of the ride with a coolant flush and fill, new brake and clutch fluids, chain adjustment and an oil change.  Which brings us to today’s topic:

Have a look at synthetic motorcycle oil prices lately?


A recent trip to the local Cycle Gear showed that a gallon (or 4 Liters) of brand name, high quality synthetic motor oil topped $70.00!

You can easily top $100.00 for 4 Liter container – not including sales tax, not to mention shipping.

What is the stuff made of gold?  Bolivian Marching Powder? Sheesh.  If you are sticking to most manufacturers suggested service intervals that’s every 3000 miles!  That’s a lot of $$$ for oil.  You think tires are expensive.

Usually I only use 100% synthetic motorcycle oil.  But at these prices I’m switching to a synthetic blend.  Motul 5100 is a blend that I like and checks in at about $42.00 per Gallon. 

It sure looks like Amsoil is the best value for a respected brand of fully synthetic motorcycle specific oil.  Personally, I don’t like it in my Aprilia Caponord.  The gear selection is always notchy and there is some banging when going down to first and/or out of first.  With others (Spectro, Maxima, Motul) I don’t have any shifting issues.

If price was not an issue I’d go with Spectro Platinum or Maxima every time.  But, as I said before, these prices are really insane. 

Someone needs to give these manufacturers a reality check.  Most bikers don’t even think about motorcycle specific oil for their machine.  Imagine the sticker shock of someone who regularly pours $3.00 dino oil when they see $100.00 just for oil, oil changes?


Motorex Racing Pro 4T

$111.40 for 4 Liters! (without tax or shipping)

Motorex Racing Pro 4T Engine Oil

Motorex KTM Racing Oil 4T

$98.00 for 4 Liters (without tax or shipping)

Motorex KTM Racing 4T Engine Oil

Silkolene Castorene 4T

$95.80 for 4 Liters (without tax or shipping)

This appears to be a conventional and synthetic blend.  That price is insane.

Silkolene Castorene 4T Engine Oil


Maxima Maximum 4 Extra (without tax or shipping)

$53.99 for 1 Gallon.

Maxima Maxum4 Extra Engine Oil


Amsoil Advanced Synthetic (without tax or shipping)

$46.75 for 1 Gallon.

20W-50 Advanced Synthetic Motorcycle Oil Product Image

Spectro Platinum 4 Full (without tax or shipping)

$71.96 per Gallon.

Motorex 4T (without tax or shipping)

$18.99 1 Liter

$71.99 for 4 Liters.

Bel-Ray EXS (without tax or shipping)

$19.99 1 Liter

$68.99 4 Liters

3 Comments leave one →
  1. James O. Springate permalink
    August 21, 2013 3:04 pm

    I use Rotella Synthetic 5w40 I get at WalMart.

    • Jess Davis permalink
      November 21, 2013 10:15 pm

      +1 on the Rotella. I use the synthetic in modern stuff, and the regular in antiques. And tractors, trucks, etc.

      • November 22, 2013 8:43 am

        +2 on Rotella. I use Rotella for my 1961 Land Rover Series IIA. It’s a “flat tappet” engine design and Rotella works great.

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