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Offline Maurice

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Yamalube oil, who makes it?
« on: February 28, 2011, 03:08:24 pm »
Does anybody know who the manufacturer is of the Yamalube oil?
I am sure Yamaha has no oilplants, so an other company must make it for them.
I know a lot, but know a lot more not.

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Re: Yamalube oil, who makes it?
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2011, 04:15:05 pm »
Probably a trade secret. In order to even ask someone who may really know, you'd have to know Japanese.  :D
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Re: Yamalube oil, who makes it?
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2011, 07:22:30 pm »
Dunno.  If you're talking about their everyday motor oils, they're nothing special - I wouldn't be going out of my way to buy them.  They do make some pretty good specialty stuff like Yamabond which is hard to duplicate in the aftermarket.

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Re: Yamalube oil, who makes it?
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2011, 07:30:55 pm »
Just the other day I heard a mechanic tell a customer all motorcycle brand name oil is the same. Honda, Kawi, Suzuki, Yamalube, all the same basic stuff.
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Re: Yamalube oil, who makes it?
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2011, 08:10:12 pm »
Just the other day I heard a mechanic tell a customer all motorcycle brand name oil is the same. Honda, Kawi, Suzuki, Yamalube, all the same basic stuff.

I would agree with that.  Yamaha is now offering full synthetic motorcycle oil    priceyyyy  It may be good  though.

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Re: Yamalube oil, who makes it?
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2011, 10:24:59 pm »
you have to watch out, though. Some auto motor oils contain extra friction reducing agents that can cause clutch problems. Since the motor oil in a motorcycle also lubricates the transmission, those friction reducing agents can cause slippage, or so I've read. There are still plenty of choices that do not contain the friction reducing agents that do not have the motorcycle label, and therefore, not the high motorcycle oil price.
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Re: Yamalube oil, who makes it?
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2011, 01:19:12 pm »
Suzuki oil is made by Shell and a whole lot cheaper than Yamalube last time I looked. My wifes Zuma 125 uses 1 quart of Yamalube = $7.95
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Re: Yamalube oil, who makes it?
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2011, 04:16:05 pm »
I know for a fact that here in Colombia, Yamalube is made by Chevron under Yamaha's "recipe", don't know if its worldwide though.

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Re: Yamalube oil, who makes it?
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2011, 04:27:32 pm »
I bought a couple of gallons of yamalube 10w40 from rockymountainatv. It wasn't that much more than normal oil and it has the JASO MA rating that I can't seem to find anywhere else.  I figured the ST10 is new, I'll give it the right stuff at least during the break in period.

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Re: Yamalube oil, who makes it?
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2011, 04:50:44 pm »
In the USA, Spectro makes Yamalube, at least that was the case a few years ago.  It is a very good line of motolube. I have used Mobil 1 motorcycle oil for years, still do, but Yamalube appears to be every bit as good. So when I can't find the MX4 line, I use Yamalube.
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Re: Yamalube oil, who makes it?
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2011, 06:21:33 pm »
In the USA, Spectro makes Yamalube, at that was the case a few years ago.  It is a very good line of motolube. I have used Mobil 1 motorcycle oil for years, still do, but Yamalube appears to be every bit as good. So when I can't find the MX4 line, I use Yamalube.

I have used Spectro in all of my two strokes I have had since the mid 70's. It is good stuff. Long piston and bore life with 0 plug fouling. :)
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Re: Yamalube oil, who makes it?
« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2011, 10:12:29 pm »
I have used Spectro in all of my two strokes I have had since the mid 70's. It is good stuff. Long piston and bore life with 0 plug fouling. :)

I agree...I started using Golden Spectro in my old MX bikes (new then!) in 1970-71, never had a problem. I also used a lot of BelRay MC1+ and it worked really well also. MC1 didn't tolerate any alcohol in the gas , it would separate out. Not certain if that is still true. Great part about both was zero, and I mean zero, carbon. I sure miss two strokes. I still have a few unassembled potential projects that are two strokes, but nothing running or current.
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Re: Yamalube oil, who makes it?
« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2011, 11:00:10 pm »
Does Yamalube/Spectro make a synthetic motorcycle oil ??
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Re: Yamalube oil, who makes it?
« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2011, 11:21:05 pm »
Yes they do. Wait until about three thousand miles to cut over so the engine has a chance to break in properly. Yamalube comes in petro, semi-synthetic, and full synthetic. I have done the break in in exactly that order before I cut over to full synthetic. The first dealer service at 600 miles is how they enter your bike into warranty, and the next change I usually do myself at 2k miles for the street stuff, less for something like my WRR, semi at that one, and full the next change. My guess is you wouldn't be able to tell the difference, except that the full synthetic has slicked the gearbox on every bike I've had. I use the metallic particles in the sunlight test: until I see no more in bright sunlight, I keep changing the oil. Most of that stuff is from the transmission gears wearing in, and seemingly doesn't hurt the engine, but the sooner it is out of the engine, the better. I figure a few extra oil changes for a new engine can't hurt, and usually pays off in long engine life. In my old hot rod days, we used to say oil's cheap, crankshafts are expensive. Since I never have to disassemble my engines, it certainly doesn't break things.
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Re: Yamalube oil, who makes it?
« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2011, 11:25:47 pm »
Thanks for your thoroughness.   I am in agreement with the frequent oil changes at the start.   It certainly can't hurt, and may be a good thing. 

Regarding the break-in with petroleum based oil, is this pretty well accepted practice all around ????

I have always done that, but for no particular reason.   I use Castrol motorcycle oil, which is RELATIVELY inexpensive, for the first 2 - 3 home changes, then go to synthetic.   I let the dealer put whatever he wants to in during warranty service, and if I don't like it, I change it out before too many kms.   
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