JASO T903, the global motorcycle lubricant standard, specifies an important split that sets critical performance attributes necessary for motorcycles requiring low friction and high friction lubricants. Read on to discover how JASO MA and MB differ and why it's important for your business and customers.
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.
The 4-stroke motorcycle segment, including motorcycles, scooters and mopeds, is the fastest growing part of the global automotive market.
4-stroke motorcycles have a more compact and complex design that relies on the same oil to lubricate engine, clutch and gearbox.
Four-stroke motorcycle lubricant specifications and
requirements are different from those of 2T and also different from
passenger car engine oils.
With the introduction of Lubrizol FC9000 Series, we have added a new, tailored product line expressly designed to meet the unique challenges of 4-stroke motorcycle & scooter applications.
Gear Protection for 4-Stroke Motorcycles
This video highlights the extreme heat and pressure generated by a motorcycle’s gears and the importance of using the right oil for optimum performance and reliability of a motorcycle.
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We love bikes. Big. Small. And we're not alone. Even through the worst of the global recession, 4-stroke motorcycles remained a bright spot for global automotive sales. And no wonder. Today's 4-stroke engines are marvels of high-output engineering. Yet, for all this popularity and performance, these engines continue to be treated as afterthoughts. Passenger car oils are commonly repurposed and repackaged without much thought given to the optimal performance characteristics that today’s 4-stroke engines demand. Now, that's finally changing. Stricter emissions standards, new industry specifications and manufacturer advances are all combining to make dedicated motorcycle oils a necessity. And an opportunity no oil marketer should ignore. This site is committed to providing the information, resources and links necessary to take full advantage of this dynamic shift in marketplace demand.