The Maxima catalogue contains the full range of Maxima Products for Motorcycle, however many Bicycle dealers and riders have been using using Maxima products for many years.
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Danny Massie (Maxima Racing Oils)
Most people will agree that there are noticeable differences between a motorcycle and a car or truck. There are differences not only in function and use, but in design and materials used. Mechanically they all revolve around a combustion engine, but that's where the similarity ends.
A motorcycle will utilize the same oil for the Engine, the Transmission and the Clutch. A car will have three separate compartments with different fluids doing each of these jobs!
The demands placed on motorcycle engine oils are more severe than those placed on automotive engine oils. The following information reflects upon these differences and highlights how an effective motorcycle specific oil handles these problems and the circumstances posed to an oil during normal operating conditions and racing.
Few will disagree that a difference exists between automotive and motorcycle applications, but many are unclear as to what extent. Operating Speed (RPM) Motorcycles usually operate at engine speeds significantly higher than automobiles. This places additional stress on engine components, increasing the need for wear protection and how quickly the boundary protection is replaced.
Along with higher RPMs come higher loading, greater shear forces and oil aeration. Oil aeration promotes foaming and diminishes an oils load-carrying capability. Foam is air - trapped air is a better insulator than it is a heat transfer mechanism. Aeration also causes oil pump inefficiency leading to a decrease in oil pressure.
Maxima handles these problematic areas by blending in an industry leading amount of anti-wear and extreme pressure agents. Automotive oils are very limited as to how many parts per million (ppm) of certain additives an oil can contain. Maxima blends to API SG specs and is not limited to the amount of "safety net" additives it chooses to blend into its performance products.
Along with more additives comes more protection, more power and more equipment life.
An oil's viscosity can also be affected through normal use. Mechanical activity creates shearing forces that can cause an oil to thin out, reducing its load carrying ability. Engines operating at high RPMs and those that share a common oil sump with the transmission are particularly subject to high shear rates.
Gear sets found in the transmissions are the leading cause of shear induced viscosity loss in motorcycle applications. Shear stability and good high temperature viscosity are critical in motorcycle applications. The first area of attack for shearing is the polymer system (i.e., VI improver.)
To reduce viscosity loss and shearing, an oil formulator has many choices when putting together its formulation. There are many different types of polymers and each provides a different level of performance and protection. The difference between a good polymer and a bad one is great.
In a motorcycle with an integrated transmission, this difference becomes even more critical. Stronger polymer systems offer greater protection against viscosity change, viscosity loss and against shearing or thinning of the oil. Maxima uses only the finest, shear stable polymer systems in its oils.
Unfortunately for most consumers, you don't know exactly what you're getting.