Diesel oils - good, fire bad (RIP Phil Hartman)

Buehrle, Michael Michael.Buehrle at ottawa.ca
Fri May 3 03:52:40 PDT 2013

When I was first considering Rotella for my bike around 2004, I was also dealing with Shell Canada on a regular basis for the selection and analysis of industrial oils as one of my job duties at the time.
My employer is one of their largest customers here in Ottawa when you account for total purchases of motor oils, industrial oils, heating fuel and diesel fuel.

Needless to say I had a good rapport with the shell labs in both Calgary and Houston and I posed the question as to why shell did not endorse Rotella for bikes. The answer I got was that in Europe Shell has a full line of motorcycle specific oils(read:expensive and profitable) If Shell officially endorsed the diesel oil, it would cannibalize their motorcycle oil market. I asked: What do the motorcyclists in Shell's lab use? All have been running Rotella synthetic for years. That was all I needed to hear to make my decision.


From: gpzlist-bounces at micapeak.com [gpzlist-bounces at micapeak.com] on behalf of dominatr37 [dominatr37 at optonline.net]
Sent: Thursday, May 02, 2013 9:00 PM
To: Buehrle, Michael
Subject: Re: Diesel oils - good, fire bad (RIP Phil Hartman)

Hey Bill how are you doing? Yeah I'm not buying into the rotella thing, like
I said it's got to say in plain english that's its great for motorcycles too
on the jug before I'll use it. If they had no reservations about it they'd
print that right on the jug. Me, I'll continue to use my Amsoil. To each his
own and all that good stuff...

Ralph L. Angelo, Jr.
Author of cool stuff.

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