Modern performance motorcycles have lightweight engines which rev very highly very quickly, and produce immense amount of heat. Be it the new range of high revving KTMs, even the low 200cc capacity ones like the Duke 200, middleweight motorcycles such as the Kawasaki Ninja / Versys 650 or absolute scorchers such as the MV Agusta F4 or the Ninja H2 – performance motorcycles across a wide spectrum of cubic capacity, power and price have special requirements to protect their engine.
Typically, synthetic oils work better with modern high performance motorcycles as compared to traditional mineral oils. However, that’s not the end of it. As we all know, not all synthetic oils are created equal. Even if you’re using the right grade of fully synthetic oil, its protective qualities may deteriorate when put under extreme pressure.
It is, thus imperative that you use a high-quality synthetic oil from a reputed brand for these motorcycles. Typically, these motorcycles are very expensive, and so are their spares. So the additional money you invest in a time-tested brand is justified over the disproportionately huge losses you’d have to bear if something went wrong.
Another important consideration to make while buying the right engine oil for a performance motorcycle is to ensure that it complies with the JASO grade specified by the maker. Motor oils that meet the JASO T 903:2006 standard can be classified into four grades: JASO MA, JASO MA1, JASO MA2 and JASO MB – where JASO MB is the most frictionless of the lot, though it’s not necessarily a replacement for the other grades.
Finally, for extreme performance, Failure Load Stage or FLS rating is an important parameter to consider. In this test, the gear teeth are inspected after each Failure Load Stage for scuffing to visually detect scratches on the pinions. This test ascertains if sufficient lubrication film thickness is built between the gears for gearbox reliability. FLS rating ranges from FLS 1 (very poor) to FLS 14 (outstanding). Both Motul 300V Factory Line and Motul 7100 exceed FLS 14 rating, offering failsafe protection under the most extreme conditions.
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