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I have been using Castrol 20w-50 V-Twin oil since the first oil change at the 479 mark when the stock semi synthetic came out.

I just did my 10,000 mile service and put in Redline 20w-50 motorcycle blend due it being a true group five synthetic oil. The Freedom 106 really likes this oil as does the transmission.

If you do not mind paying the price this is a very good oil to use.

No clutch slippage in over 9,500 miles of full synthetic oil use. My Victory will be getting a diet of Redline 20w-50 from now on.

I figure this motorcycle cost with all the add on parts right at 28,000 dollars so she deserves the best oil money can buy to keep her running smooth.
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when you post will you please add what year and model bike you have

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I have about a 160 miles on this oil now and one thing that stands out above the Victory oil and the Castrol full synthetic oil is the Redline motorcycle oil has reduced the vibration that goes through the handle bars. My right hand after a while would always get that numb feeling and you would have to move it around a such.

Not with the Redline oil, we road today for over two hours and zero tingling or numbness due to far less vibration going through the handle bars and grips.

The top end of the engine is also more quite as well.

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What is the price on Redline oil? Around here Vic oil runs $11 a quart, so...if it's cheaper than that, I'm game.

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Living in South West Canada, I'm a tad skeptical about running oil with a low rating of 20 although I rarely ride in temps below 5 celcius. That said, I'm wondering what y'all have for comments about a 20w50 (50 being the questionable value) in our climate here seeing as the temps rarely reach the mid to high 90's.

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What is the price on Redline oil? Around here Vic oil runs $11 a quart, so...if it's cheaper than that, I'm game.
Website says $16.00/gal, $54.00/quart

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Have you done your research on group 1-5 oil or are you just assuming that group 5 is the best because it has the higher number? There are'nt many that produce group 5 or should I say, sell it as is. Most high end oils take a blend of group 4 and group 5 because from what I've read, group 5 is not necessarily the best for a gas engine. Though taking some from group 5 and blending with group 4 would give you a better oil for your engine. I'm curious what the lab results would show after an oil change?

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I bought out a bunch of stuff when a speed shop went tits up about 10 years ago and still have a few cases of redline left. I ran it exclusively in a stroker motor and pretty faithfully in the Indian. It's top shelf but so is a lot of things the value of which is in the eye of the beholder. Your shower, your soap, you can wash that thing however you see fit.

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What is the price on Redline oil? Around here Vic oil runs $11 a quart, so...if it's cheaper than that, I'm game.
13.95 a quart and 54.00 a gallon.

First change would be 67.95 plus shipping or tax if you buy it local.

Second change would be 54.00 plus shipping or tax due to having the half quart left over from the first change.

I use Mobile 1 oil filters.
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13.95 a quart and 54.00 a gallon.

First change would be 67.95 plus shipping or tax if you buy it local.

Second change would be 54.00 plus shipping or tax due to having the half quart left over from the first change.

I use Mobile 1 oil filters.
That's pretty reasonable compared to what I'm paying for Vic stuff. Grabbed the new 4.5-quart oil change kit when I was at my dealer thinking $60 wasn't that bad. Drove home (2 hours) and discovered I can order them cheaper than that. And without a local dealer, if I don't happen to be passing through Boise, Idaho Falls, or SLC and have the ability to carry the kit home, it'll force me to either drive to pick one up or order one.

I think I might change it up here pretty soon.

As for the viscosity, the 20 cold weight is what, presumably, Polaris thinks will work in all temperatures in which you could actually operate the motorcycle. A lighter cold weight will make it easier to start, reduce startup circulation time, and probably reduce parasitic loss improving fuel mileage imperceptibly

the operating-range viscosity of 50...I'm on the fence about that. But I'd be willing to try it.

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