Maybe since our new oil guy has no skin in the game (US oil market)
we can get em to give us an honest "none-biased" opinion of the oils that "are" on the US market
Such as RedLine, Amsoil, Mobil 1, Shell T-6,
What about it oil man?
Some things I can give my opinions on, other times companies get a little annoyed and threaten legal action (although I haven't been sued so far) and I would rather avoid that kind of hassle for a while.
Redline are great oils- full synthetic, ester based and I know we'd sell huge amounts if it wasn't for the pack sizes/pricing. Their gear oils are some of the best available, although not a lot of use to you guys.
Amsoil - Another good one. All their stuff is fully synthetic and like Redline, we'd sell loads if it wasn't for pack sizes and prices.
Mobil, Shell and Castrol - They make a whole range of oils, from basic to very good, you get what you pay for pretty much, easily available too. Perhaps they are a bit expensive depending on where you buy them. I think Mobil use ester in some of the US oils, making them a very good option. From what I have been told (so not sure if there is much truth in it), some of the US oils from those companies aren't the same or as good as the European versions, although I don't know if that applies to the bike oils.
I can't really discuss a lot of oils out of the US as there are a few I can't be very complimentary about (although there are a few that are good). It's because of the American general attitude to oil - buy cheap and change often. That means there are probably more mineral oils on the market than synthetics and even if a mineral oil is changed on a regular basis, a synthetic will give better protection, even if the service interval is a lot longer. A mineral oil might be fine with a big old lazy V8, but when you are revving a bike engine hard, you want to use something better.
Something that seems to come up on a regular basis with American oils is a high ZDDP content, and very little else is mentioned about the oil. Yes, you want some ZDDP to help with protection, but there are other ways (like synthetic basestocks and esters) that will give better protection than a mineral.