ILLIAM WRIGHT SR. OF MARRERO, LA tested the quality claims
of AMSOIL lubricants on a trip of almost 2000 miles aboard
his Harley this spring. The hard ride included a run on the
Tail of the Dragon and turned him into a life-long AMSOIL
The Tail of the Dragon is part of US 129 on the state
line between Tennessee and North Carolina. The 11-mile
stretch with 318 curves draws thrill-seekers in all types
of vehicles from across the country.
“I was a skeptic of AMSOIL products,” Wright said.
“I want to emphasize, WAS.”
Wright owns a 1997 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide.
“It had 17,000 miles on it,” he said. “It was a repo, so
who knows the history of the bike. There were signs of
slight oil leakage around the rocker arms, heads and
Nonetheless, he bought the bike and looked for the
best oil for it. “I had settled on Mobil 1 20W-50 synthetic
oil,” Wright said. He had no real complaints about
it, except that his bike burned a little oil during an earlier
900-mile trip. “That unsettled me,” Wright said. “I
wanted my bike to run. Really I wanted it to purr for me,
if you know what I mean.”
He learned about AMSOIL in online forums and on
the AMSOIL website and decided “it was either great
oil or a lot of hype,” he said.
Wright, his brother and a friend planned a road trip
to Maggie Valley, N.C. “Before the trip I put four quarts
of AMSOIL 20W-50 Advanced Synthetic Motorcycle Oil
in my engine, AMSOIL 10W-40 Advanced Synthetic
Motorcycle Oil in my primary and the Severe Gear
75W-90 in the transmission.”
In six days they drove through fi ve states and traveled
all over Maggie Valley and the surrounding areas.
“We even went to Deals Gap and rode the Tail of the
Dragon,” Wright said.
The Dragon is famous for testing the mettle of
machine and man. “I have a dent in my almost-brandnew,
paid-to-have-painted fender from the engine
guard,” he said. “Yep, I must have braked so hard going
into a curve that the front end of my motorcycle dove
downward with such force the engine guard put a
crease in my fender about four or fi ve inches long.”
The rest of their trip also tested the bikes. They drove
the Interstate averaging 70 to 75 miles per hour. “It was
a lot of hard mileage on my 12-year-old bike,” Wright
said. “We traveled up and down mountains, and when
I rode the Dragon, I don’t think I got out of third gear.”
Then they were on to New Orleans. “We hit the road
and started the drive home in the rain,” Wright said.
“Outside of Chattanooga, we hit traffi c that was piled
up for miles because of an accident. It was slow-going
for at least 40 minutes. I was worried about my bike; it
was not too hot out, but with no wind cooling my motor,
When the group stopped to rest, Wright’s brother
checked the oil in his 1998 Harley-Davidson Road King
that was running Harley-Davidson Syn3 motor oil.
“He had to add oil and this was only halfway home,”
Wright said. “I was shocked. He was upset that he had
to add oil. He checked my bike, and I had not burned
any oil. He was mad to say the least, as he fusses over
his bike worse than me sometimes.”
They continued their ride, running at 75 to 80 mph.
“I drove a total of 1,988.3 miles,” Wright said. “Hard
miles if you ask me, and I did not burn any oil at all.
“My brother said, ‘That’s it,’ and he dumped the
Harley Syn3 and put in AMSOIL motorcycle oil. It felt
like my engine never strained to keep up with the other
bikes. Even driving in the mountains I had power to
spare. My bike would get hot, but if we parked for 30
minutes, which I timed, I could put my hand on the
rocker box because it cooled down that fast. I averaged
46 miles to the gallon with me on the bike, and I weigh
229 pounds, plus all the gear. We had headwinds so
strong it felt as if someone was holding the bike by the
rear and pulling. During that time I thought my mileage
would really go down. I also thought my engine would
really get a workout with the load on her.
“AMSOIL motorcycle oil is all it was written to be. I
am switching to AMSOIL lubes for my Mustang. I am
still in awe of AMSOIL products. You know, it is remarkable.
I drove my baby hard and she never missed a
beat, ran like a top, great gas mileage and non-stop
riding for six days.”