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Recommended Oil for Honda Africa Twin

Jul 17, 2017
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#1
Found this from the service manual and hope this can be used as a quick reference.

RECOMMENDED ENGINE OIL:
Honda "4-stroke motorcycle oil" or an equivalent
motor oil.
API service classification: SG or higher
JASO T903 standard: MA
Viscosity: SAE 10W-30

ENGINE OIL CAPACITY:
CRF1000/A:
3.9 liter (4.1 US qt, 3.4 Imp qt) at draining
4.1 liter (4.3 US qt, 3.6 Imp qt) at oil filter change
4.9 liter (5.2 US qt, 4.3 Imp qt) at disassembly

CRF1000D:
4.0 liter (4.2 US qt, 3.5 Imp qt) at draining
4.2 liter (4.4 US qt, 3.7 Imp qt) at oil filter change
5.2 liter (5.5 US qt, 4.6 Imp qt) at disassembly
 
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Corki

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Just a note - The dealer where I bought my bike said if you don't use Honda's recommended oil choice then this could valid the warranty should a fault occur oil related. If self serviced to keep the receipts as proof of recommended parts used. A bit nit picky I know but you know what they're like when it comes to expensive warranty repairs. Don't shoot the messenger :)
 
Jul 17, 2017
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#7
@OneEarTim I found the HiFlo Filter on Amazon

A list of oil filters can be found at this thread here: https://www.africatwin.org/threads/africa-twin-oil-filter-list.535/

I'll copy and paste it here for convenience purposes. Hope Amazon carries some of these and safe riding!

From @jde95tln Quick Google search :

Replacement oil filters for HIFLO HF303:
AC-Delco PF1127
AC-Delco PF1237
AC-Delco PF2135
AMSOIL EAO12
AMSOIL EAOM103
ARCTIC CAT 3201-044
ARCTIC CAT 3201-451
ATLAS M-33
ATP B198
AUTOEDGE AL6017A
AUTOEDGE AL6607
Autolite for Oil Filters AL6607
AUTOPAR FE310
Baldwin B1400
Baldwin B7285
Beck/Arnley 041-8136
BIG A 92365
Bosch 3300
Bosch 72182
CAM2 C4622
Canadian Tire 17-1746-2
CARCARE IOF6607
CARQUEST 85358
CARQUEST 85365
CARQUEST B4622
CASITE CF113
CASITE CF402
CASTROL CAS6607
CENEX CO2876
Champ PH2876
Champ PH7015
Champ PH7028
CITGO C4622
DEFENSE DL6607
DELPHI FX1007
DENSO 115010-5390
DENSO 150-1008
DENSO 150-1011
DEUTSCH D371
Donaldson P502062
Donaldson P502067
Donaldson P550641
Econo Lube L14622
EMGO 10-26920
EMGO 10-82230
EMGO 10-82251
EVERGARD E4622
Filters Incorporated OF6607
FIRESTONE TF2876
FLAG C-4620
FLAG C-6811
Fleetguard LF3692
Fleetguard LF3925
Flying F PH6607AZ
Ford E7GZ-6731-A
Ford E9GZ-6731-A
Fram PH6017A
Fram PH6607
GRAND PRIX PH2876
Grease Monkey GM14622
Grease Monkey GM4622
Group 7 V4622
HASTINGS B7285
HASTINGS LF113
HASTINGS LF402
HASTINGS TF170
HAVOLINE TFC-531
HAVOLINE TFC-538
HENGST H310W
HIFLO HF198
HIFLO HF204
HIFLO HF303
Honda 15400-P0H-305
Honda 15400-P0H-305PE
Honda 15400-PCX-004
Honda 15400-PFB-004
Honda 15400-PFB-007
Honda 15400-PFB-014
Honda 15400-PJ7-015
Honda 15400-PLM-A00
Honda 15400-PLM-A01PE
Honda 15400-PM3-405
Honda 15400-POH-305
Honda 15400-POH-305PE
Honda 15400-ZJI-004
Honda 15400-ZW4-003
Honda 15410-MCJ-000
Honda 15410-MCJ-003
Honda 15410-MCJ-505
Honda 15410-MFJ-D01
Honda 15410-MM5-013
Honda 15410-MM9-003
Honda 15410-MM9-013
Honda 15410-MM9-405
Honda 15410-MT7-003
IAPCO OF17
JIFFY LUBE HL6607
JIFFY LUBE JL4622
JIFFY LUBE L14622
John Deere M806418
K & N HP-1008
K & N KN-198
K & N KN-204
K & N KN-303
K & N KN-303C
KAWASAKI 16097-0002
KAWASAKI 16097-0003
KAWASAKI 16097-0004
KAWASAKI 16097-1058
KAWASAKI 16097-1061
KAWASAKI 16097-1063
KAWASAKI 16097-1064
KAWASAKI 16097-1066
KAWASAKI 16097-1067
KAWASAKI 16097-1068
KAWASAKI 16097-1070
KAWASAKI 16097-1072
KENDALL K32
KENDALL K41
KIA 0B631-14-302
KIA 26300-02500
KIA 26300-2Y500
KRALINATOR L266
Kubota 15853-32430
LEE LF-2876
LEE LF-2876HP
LUBER-FINER PH2876
LUBER-FINER PH7015
LUBER-FINER PH7028
MAHLE OC607
Mann Filter ML 1014
Mann Filter MW64
Mann Filter MW64/1
Mazda B6Y1-14-302
Mazda B6Y1-14-302A
Mazda B6Y2-14-302A
Mazda N3R1-14-302
Mazda N3Y6-14-302
Mazda PE01-14-302
MELROE 6671057
MERCEDES-BENZ 132 180 0010
MERCRUISER 35-822626
MERCRUISER 35-822626K03
MERCRUISER 35-822626Q04
MERCRUISER 35-822626Q1
MERCRUISER Q03
MERCURY 35-8222626Q03
MERCURY G590000-G760299
MERCURY G760300-1B226999
MERCURY P086824-P325499
MICROGARD MGL6607
MIGHTY M4612
MIGHTY M4622
MILEGUARD MO6607
Mitsubishi 1230A040
Mitsubishi MD134953
MOBIL M1-108
MOBIL MO4612
MOBIL MO4622
Motor Trend ML6607
MOTORCRAFT FL 816
NAPA 1358
NAPA 1365
NAPA 7040
NAPA PS1358
Nissan 15208-65F00
Nissan 15208-65F01
Nissan 15208-65F0B
Nissan 15208-65F0C
Nissan 15208-65F0D
Nissan 15208-7B000
Nissan 3R007-6150M
Nissan 3R0076150M
ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT PLUS OF-425
Parts Master 61064
Parts Master 61358
Parts Master 61365
Parts Master 88365
Parts Plus PH2867
PENNZOIL PZ-37
PERFORMAX PO-37
PHILLIPS 66 WO1365
POLARIS 2520799
POLARIS 2540086
POLARIS 3070131
POLARIS 3084963
POLARIS 3089996
POWER FLO SL14459
POWER FLO SL14622
PRO-TEC 168
PRO/GAUGE PGO-4622
PROMOTIVE PH4612
PROMOTIVE SL14612
PRONTO PO-6607
Purolator L14612
Purolator L14622
Purolator ML16817
Purolator ML16819
Purolator P1285
Quaker State QS14612
Quaker State QS6607
ROBIN 2576730111
SECURITY SO-2876
SERVICE 1 OF4622
SERVICE PRO M4622
SHELL SH531
SHELL SH538
SIERRA 18-7902
SIERRA 18-7909
SIERRA 18-7910
SIERRA 18-7911
SIERRA 18-7911-1
SIERRA 18-79111
SIERRA 18-7913
SILVERLINE 21358
SILVERLINE 21365
STP PH7028
Subaru 15208-KA010
SUPERTECH ST6607
Suzuki 15208-65F00
Suzuki 15208-KA010
Suzuki 16097-1072
TOHATSU (Marine) 3R007-6150M
TOHATSU (Marine) 3R0076150M
TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLE T1210200
TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLE T1210444
TRUST PH2876
UNOCAL PF1365
VALVOLINE VO54
WARNER PH2876
WARNER PH7015
WESTERBEKE 30220
Wix 51358
Wix 51365
Wix 57040
YAMAHA 3FV-13440-00
YAMAHA 3FV-13440-00-00
YAMAHA 3FV-13440-10-00
YAMAHA 5DM-13440-00
YAMAHA 5GH-13440-00
YAMAHA 5GH-13440-00-00
YAMAHA 5GH-13440-10-00
YAMAHA 5GH-13440-20-00
YAMAHA 5GH-13440-50-00
YANMAR 119305-35150
YANMAR 119305-35151
YANMAR 124450-35100
 
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OneEarTim

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#8
Just a note - The dealer where I bought my bike said if you don't use Honda's recommended oil choice then this could valid the warranty should a fault occur oil related. If self serviced to keep the receipts as proof of recommended parts used. A bit nit picky I know but you know what they're like when it comes to expensive warranty repairs. Don't shoot the messenger :)
Ya, good points. I was a Mechanic and Service Manager at a Honda dealer for awhile and was able to see how it really works legally and in reality. As you basically said, legally nothing can void your warranty. But, something can be deemed un-unwarrantable due to something we've done or not done. You mentioned the two key ways to cover yourself when self servicing your bikes. Use the proper rated oil based on their recommendations/requirements and keep proof of purchase for your oil and filters. I've always written the mileage and date on the receipt and filed it away. I've personally seen major warranties questioned and covered with FAR less "proof" than I keep.
 

OneEarTim

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#9
@OneEarTim I found the HiFlo Filter on Amazon

A list of oil filters can be found at this thread here: https://www.africatwin.org/threads/africa-twin-oil-filter-list.535/

I'll copy and paste it here for convenience purposes. Hope Amazon carries some of these and safe riding!

From @jde95tln Quick Google search :

Replacement oil filters for HIFLO HF303:
Thanks for the info. I should have mentioned that my struggle is to find the DCT filter. I can get oil and the engine spin on filter on amazon but not the trans/DCT filter. :-(
 
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OneEarTim

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Mitch

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#12
The list of JASO MA certified oils is really short. Note: Honda GN4 is not MA rated.

I have run Rotella for years in my bikes and have never had any issues. Their new version of T4 is MA rated in 15w40, but only JASO DH-2 (diesel rating) in the 10w30. I am going with the T4 10w30 with confidence that the reason it isn't MA rated in the 10w30 is because Shell didn't take the time and money to get it rated, given 10w30 is not a high volume viscosity.
 
Jul 17, 2017
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#13
@Mitch Can you explain to an amateur the significance of JASO MA ratings? Does it prolong the components inside the engine better than a non JASO MA rated oil? Interesting stuff.
 

Mitch

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#14
I too am an amateur, but I have read through quite a few long and argumentative oil threads, and I have also taken the time to familiarize myself with the API and JASO ratings.

Probably the best site I could direct you to is located at http://www.oilspecifications.org/articles/JASO_MA_JASO_MB.php

It does a nice job of explaining how the Japanese Automotive Standards Organization (a bunch of Japanese petroleum engineering geeks) set standards for modern lubricants to meet the heavy demands of today's modern engines.

The only other note I'll make is in line with what I posted before. Just because Rotella T4 10w30 is not JASO MA certified does not mean it is not JASO MA compliant. Given 10w30 is not nearly as big a seller as 10w40, 15w40 or 20w50 I will guess that Shell simply did not submit their 10w30 for certification. I don't know what it costs, but I suspect it isn't cheap. Given T4 is formulated the same way, I will assume that the 10w30 would be MA compliant if tested. Further I will note that although the demands on a diesel engine are clearly different than those on a higher rev'ing 4 cycle motorcycle engine, both take a lot of abuse. Most diesel engines are work engines that run long hours under heavy loads. Thus, the JASO DH-2 rating, although different than MA, is certainly a good measure of oil durability.....But again, it is different. I am not suggesting otherwise.

Last thing.......Here is an oil finder tool that is located on that same site.
http://www.oilspecifications.org/oiltool/oiltool.php
If you go to the bottom you can select the certification that you want to search. Find the JASO MA certification and search for compliant oils. The list is short. Given Rotella T4 15w40 is not in that list, but is listed as JASO MA on the Rotella site, tells me that their database is not 100% accurate. But I assume it captures most of them. Could be a bad assumption.

Hope this helps.
 
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Jul 31, 2018
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I too am an amateur, but I have read through quite a few long and argumentative oil threads, and I have also taken the time to familiarize myself with the API and JASO ratings.

Probably the best site I could direct you to is located at http://www.oilspecifications.org/articles/JASO_MA_JASO_MB.php

It does a nice job of explaining how the Japanese Automotive Standards Organization (a bunch of Japanese petroleum engineering geeks) set standards for modern lubricants to meet the heavy demands of today's modern engines.

The only other note I'll make is in line with what I posted before. Just because Rotella T4 10w30 is not JASO MA certified does not mean it is not JASO MA compliant. Given 10w30 is not nearly as big a seller as 10w40, 15w40 or 20w50 I will guess that Shell simply did not submit their 10w30 for certification. I don't know what it costs, but I suspect it isn't cheap. Given T4 is formulated the same way, I will assume that the 10w30 would be MA compliant if tested. Further I will note that although the demands on a diesel engine are clearly different than those on a higher rev'ing 4 cycle motorcycle engine, both take a lot of abuse. Most diesel engines are work engines that run long hours under heavy loads. Thus, the JASO DH-2 rating, although different than MA, is certainly a good measure of oil durability.....But again, it is different. I am not suggesting otherwise.

Last thing.......Here is an oil finder tool that is located on that same site.
http://www.oilspecifications.org/oiltool/oiltool.php
If you go to the bottom you can select the certification that you want to search. Find the JASO MA certification and search for compliant oils. The list is short. Given Rotella T4 15w40 is not in that list, but is listed as JASO MA on the Rotella site, tells me that their database is not 100% accurate. But I assume it captures most of them. Could be a bad assumption.

Hope this helps.
One thing not mentioned is that most bikes use "wet" clutches witch effects the oils heat capacity and lubrication properties, diesels and cars do not have wet clutches, normal "non motorcycle" engine oil is not designed for use in that application and will fail before specifically designed to

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Graves

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More specifically the friction reduction additives required for greater fuel economy will kill the wet clutch.

..."non motorcycle" engine oil is not designed for use in that application and will fail before specifically designed to
 
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More specifically the friction reduction additives required for greater fuel economy will kill the wet clutch.
Well said, I wasnt even thinking in that direction I was more thinking the friction between the clutch plates and the heat it creates would breakdown the oil but I see how it could go both ways too, not to mention the particulates that wear off the clutch plates and pads would also affect its lubricating properties

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Shadowjack

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#19
I've always seen that the anti-friction additives in modern Eco oil would be the culprit. And for those of you who remember STP oil additives, I once found they don't do a Honda 305 clutch any good!
 

Graves

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#20
Additionally, automotive engine oils don’t contain the additives needed for gears, being that most motorcycles share oil with both the engine and trans that oil must be capable of handling the shearing action of the gears, this is the main killer of auto oil in a bike.

Well said, I wasnt even thinking in that direction I was more thinking the friction between the clutch plates and the heat it creates would breakdown the oil but I see how it could go both ways too, not to mention the particulates that wear off the clutch plates and pads would also affect its lubricating properties

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