The JASO T903 Standard for 4-stroke motorcycle engine oils has evolved since 1998. Click the infographic to learn why the industry implemented a Standard dedicated for 4-stroke motorcycle oils.
Over the last decade, motorcycle population has increased at a great pace globally, especially in Asia Pacific and Latin America. It is further expected to increase to around 1.1 billion units by 2020. Along with the growth in population, motorcycle technologies have also changed significantly, mainly driven by emission regulations and the push for improved fuel economy. »
The motorcycle oils industry is currently going through an important period of specification change. Major revisions have been proposed to the JASO M345 (for 2-stroke) and JASO T903 (for 4-stroke) motorcycle standards surrounding replacement of engine tests and inclusion of new engine tests.
In the ideal world, stakeholders in the lubricant business and motorcycle riders would relish the opportunity for commonality between passenger car engine oils (PCEO) and motorcycle engine oils (MCEO). However, in reality, there are fundamental, unique lubricating challenges that exist for 4-stroke (4T) motorcycles, compared to passenger cars. »