The Spyders Engine "is" a motorcycle Engine, the Rotax 990 is used in Aprilia motorcycles with the Spyder getting a reverse gear instead of sixth. With that said, any quality synthetic cycle oil of the correct viscosity/API rating should be fine in the Spyder as Irish mentions above.If you look at Page 121 of your Spyder manual, it says you can use BRP oil or equivalent synthetic oil. I use Castrol Power RS R4 4T ($12.99) in mine but am thinking of switching to Spectro Platinum ($11.99)
Is this the same thing as the Mobile 1 Racing 4T motorcycle oil? This oil now has the SM rating is not recommended to be used in the Spyder. Too slick and has burnt up a few cluthces.Rotax service bulletins recommend Mobile 1 15-50 for operating oil temps above 120 C or 248 F. Mobile 1 was extensively tested by the FAA in 912 and 914 Rotax engines and is the only oil recommended by the FAA for extended oil changes. Running Mobile 1 15-50 in our Spyder SE5 RS and it runs cooler and shifts smoother.
I was looking at the Mobil 1 site and did not see a 15W-50 motorcycle oil?Rotax service bulletins recommend Mobile 1 15-50 for operating oil temps above 120 C or 248 F. Mobile 1 was extensively tested by the FAA in 912 and 914 Rotax engines and is the only oil recommended by the FAA for extended oil changes. Running Mobile 1 15-50 in our Spyder SE5 RS and it runs cooler and shifts smoother.
Has anyone used Mobil 1 Synthetic motor oil in their Spyder? I have to change my oil and found the oil at VIP. Don't want to use it and find out I created a problem.
Motorcycle Oils vs. Automotive Oils
This is something that has stumped me for years. Intuitively I can't imagine that much of a difference between MC oil and cage oil. The above link proves that to be true. It has been a huge marketing scam which is a simple message endlessly repeated to make it believed. I have used syns in my bikes for years not dino, without a bit of trouble. My only nagging fear was that maybe in the long run I was hurting it. My fears are put to rest and I see no reason why the Spyder should be any different.
True to only a certain extent max. if it says energy conservation on it it is an oil with friction reducing additives and NOTTO be used. If not then they are fine. And most oils OTHERTHAN MC oils while meeting JASO are not submitted for testing. Therefore no rating.Sorry Casper. You and the article you are referencing are not accurate. The problem is with todays oils for autos includes things like Moly which can destroy wet clutches. For Spyders, and most motorcycles in general, they have wet clutches and you must use an oil that has been approved for wet clutch applications. Your bottle of oil better have a JASO MA or better rating on it or you arte going to damage your clutch as slippage will occur . No automotive oil has this rating. There are a few diesel oil that do, like Rotella.
Since I'm just about at my first full service for the 2014 RT I'm waiting to see the response you get. I'm not one to jump in with the crowd, I've always liked the AMSOIL products but looking at all the different posts and "PROOF" it looks as if it's just better overall to use the BRP stuff. At least it provides a basis for any warranty argument.I've been using Mobil 1 Racing 4T, 10W-40 in my 2010 RT/SE5. I based my selection on availability and specific language on the oil although it is has a JASCO SM...here's the Mobil quote: "Helps to extend the life of the engine, transmissions, and wet clutch primaries."
So, help me out guys. Opinions on going to another oil or is BRP's saying SM is bad out the window on this one?