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Hi everyone,

I changed oil about 2,000 miles ago from GN4 to Delo 400, 15w-40. I know Delo has a small amount of moly, which of course may cause the clutch to slip if in large enough quantities. Many Wingers like Delo or other diesal oils such as Rotella and I am unaware of any problems they have had. I have been carefully paying attention to the clutch (friction zone) and gear shifting. I have not noticed any difference at all with the clutch (shifting gears & friction zone). Shifting with the foot shifter has been noticeably smoother since I change the oil to Delo and has been consistent.

As I was sitting on the bike allowing it to warm up today (on center stand), my daughter told me the rear tire was moving. I got off the bike, engine still running, and noticed the rear tire was moving very slowly (in the direction of forward travel). It turned about 1/2 rotation then stopped. A few seconds later, it began moving again, maybe 1/4 to 1/2 rotation then stopped again. I went ahead and took the bike out and did not notice anything strange with the clutch or shifter.

Could this be a symptom of "clutch slippage" we hear about ? Based on the rear wheel moving at idle (in neutral) is there anything to be concerned about ?

Thanks for your guidance.
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No. The movement is most often noticed more when the bike and oil is cold when it is thicker. The movement is caused by rotating parts transfering the motion to the oil and then to adjacent parts (usually in the transmission).

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I believe this is called hydraulic transfer, very normal,

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Thanks guys ! Now I will be able to sleep tonight.
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your Wing is just like a normal man. picture yourself out on the driveway, You have been ready to go all morning, The wife is still inside the house doing ..............what ever they do that takes forever & you find yourself pacing back & forth.

Now look at your rear wheel again, & you will see your wing pacing the only way it knows how.

it's just saying "Lets go already"!

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absolutely normal!
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Crazy question........Why would you not use a synthetic motorcycle oil designed for wet clutches and not have to worry about oil related issues?
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Crazy question........Why would you not use a synthetic motorcycle oil designed for wet clutches and not have to worry about oil related issues?
What oil related issues?

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