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  • The Shell Advance AX7 15W-50 and Shell Advance Ultra 15W-50 are two excellent motorcycle engine oils in the market.

  • Both are formulated for kapchais all the way to superbikes.

  • Here’s all you need to know about Shell motorcycle oils.

We’ve written a number of articles about motorcycle engine oil in the past but of course, myths surrounding them are hard to die. At the same time, we’ve found two good oils in the market that dispel the myths. They are the Shell Advance AX7 15W-50 and Shell Advance Ultra 15W-50.

This writer has ridden motorcycles for the past 31 years and owned plenty of bikes along the way. Accordingly, he’s used plenty of brands and types of engine oils in the market, some of them are non-existent anymore.

But first, let’s take a look at the two products.

Shell Advance AX7 15W-50

Shell Advance AX7 15W-50 is a synthetic blend engine lubricant. It complies with the latest API SM service standard. It’s also certified with JASO MA2 for motorcycles with wet clutches. Shell has formulated the oil with Shell Active Cleansing Technology to break dirt and soot particles, preventing them from clumping up and blocking oil passages or scoring engine parts. As such, it is suitable to be used in small capacity motorcycles all the way to superbikes.

With the recommended retail price of RM 33.90, it represents great value.

Shell Advance Ultra 15W-50

Shell Advance Ultra 15W-50 is the ultimate in lubricant technology and engine protection.

Shell Advance Ultra products are formulated using unique Shell PurePlus Technology, a leading-edge gas-to-liquids technology process that converts natural gas into base oil with virtually no impurities. This creates a base oil with stronger molecular bonds for long lasting performance as well as providing enhanced viscosity, friction and volatility performance when compared with traditional base oils.

It complies with the latest API SN service standard. It is also certified with JASO MA2 for motorcycles with wet clutches. 

At a recommended retail price of RM 68.30, it’s affordable while still providing riders with years of enjoyment.

Myth 1 – All oils are made to degrade quickly

This myth may be true 30 years ago but isn’t quite true in this age of modern engines and better additive packages in engine oil.

Let’s look closer at each aspect.

Motorcycle manufacturers strive to produce more engine power while lowering emissions, extending product reliability and thereby lower maintenance costs for the consumer. As such, even it’s common to find anti-friction materials in kapchai engines, specifically the cylinder lining being finished with diamond-like coating (DLC).

On the lubricant producer’s side, they are also striving for the same performance from their products i.e. to allow the engine to produce more power while providing optimal protection. Consequently, the customer’s bike not only lasts longer but also avoid high maintenance costs.

These days, if you can find a good mineral oil, it can outlast semi-synthetics from years ago due to superior additives and higher quality base oils.

As such, engine oils such as the Shell Advance AX7 and Shell Advance Ultra are formulated through years of experience not only in racing but also through feedback from consumers like you and me.

Thereby, the Shell Advance AX7 15W-50 semi-synthetic provides superb protection for older and the latest small bikes to big bikes for longer periods of time. The Shell Advance Ultra 15W-50 on the other hand, can be used on all bikes from the smallest to the latest high-powered beasts.

Myth 2 – Semi-synthetics require frequent oil change

Again, this was true many years ago. I’ve purposely ran the AX7 15W-50 in my Kawasaki ER-6f past 6000 km with the bike still feeling like it had just undergone an oil change. Sure, certain workshops will say, “Change the oil after 3000km” but the best way is to refer to your user’s manual.

Additionally, semi-synthetics are formulated With a combination of fully synthetic and mineral base oils, giving you some of the protection of fully-synthetic oils.

Myth 3 – Using fully-synthetic oil is a waste of money

This thinking shouldn’t even exist at all. Fully-synthetics are formulated for the best protection for the worst working conditions. Mineral oil breaks down faster when subjected to extreme heat, humidity and shearing forces. Fully-synthetics are formulated to address these very issues resulting in better protection for longer periods of time.

For example, the Shell Advance Ultra 15W-50 is the official engine oil for Ducati and the manufacturer recommends oil changes every 12000km. Again, refer to your motorcycle’s owner’s manual – you’d be surprised that you don’t have to change oil every 5000km.

Myth 4 – Using fully-synthetic causes engine to leak

This myth is especially propounded by owners of older motorcycles. Truth is, seals need to be replaced after a certain period of time because they will wear down. Fully synthetic oils usually come in the thinner viscosity grades with more neatly arranged molecules and tend to find their way through these gaps and leaks much sooner. For a well-maintained motorcycle with regularly changed seals, no leaks should be expected.

A Bit of News

Before we end, Shell Malaysia also announced that Fattah Amin is their New ambassador for Shell Advance motorcycle oils. Visit one of the Advance Branded Workshop today, who knows you might stand a chance of meeting Fattah Amin at the workshop!

Photo credit @fattahaminz Instagram
  • Own a car too? Shell Malaysia and 11street have made it even more convenient to service it.

  • Shell Malaysia and have collaborated to offer you the opportunity to purchase your service package online from home or office.

  • A Spend & Win! Contest is also announced and runs from 16th to 29th April 2018.

Kuala Lumpur, 16th April 2018 – Attention bikers who also own cars! Having a hard time obtaining Shell lubricants for your car? Not sure where to service? Couldn’t get the right day and time to get it service? You can now purchase Shell car lubricants and service packages online at your own convenience via

Screenshot of the Shell Malaysia Official Online Store on 11street

As a result of Shell Malaysia’s collaboration with the online shopping platform, the former has just launched the Shell Malaysia Official Online Store. Besides of being able to purchase genuine Shell lubricants, you will also be able to purchase oil change packages inclusive of their choice of Shell Helix oil, oil filter and labour charges online.

The packages are in the form of e-vouchers. You can then call ahead to schedule an appointment at your preferred workshop (select from a list of more than 45 Shell Helix branded workshops) and redeem the e-vouchers for a Shell Helix oil change service through the 11street mobile app.

To celebrate the collaboration, Shell Malaysia and 11street have also launched the Spend & Win! special contest, from 16th to 29th April 2018. You stand the chance to win RM500 shopping credit with the purchase of Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology, Shell Helix High Mileage or Shell Helix HX7 engine oil.

Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology

It is all about using the best lubricant for your car while enjoying the convenience of online shopping.

“Shell Helix is all about enabling drivers to overcome daily challenges and keep their passion for driving alive. Working with 11street, one of the largest and more innovative online marketplace brands in Malaysia, we are able to inspire them to ‘drive on’ by offering unprecedented convenience when it comes to maintaining their cars,” said May Tan, Shell Lubricants Marketing General Manager.

Shell Lubricants Marketing General Manager May Tan and 11street Merchandising VP Bruce Lim

“This marks a truly exciting time for Malaysians, as Shell Malaysia is working with us to change how we access car maintenance services. 11street offers Malaysian shoppers convenience and ease in purchasing genuine Shell Helix oil change services of the highest quality at Shell Helix branded workshops. This partnership with Shell Malaysia will enable consumers to spend less time waiting to service their cars, and instead allow them to schedule appointments with ease at their own convenience,” said Bruce Lim, Vice President of Merchandising, 11street.

Shell Helix High Mileage

Apart from purchasing engine oil and service packages, you may also to register for the Shell Advantage and Rewards (SHARE) loyalty programme.  A simple online registration at opens the doors to a world of rewards with SHARE.  These include a generous buy-3-free-1 offer for purchases of Shell Helix Ultra, oil change reminders and seasonal promotions.

Shell Helix HX7

Those with cars below eight years old and 150,000km on the odometer also qualify for the free Shell Helix Engine Warranty (SHEW) when they service their cars with Shell Helix Ultra, Shell Helix High Mileage or HX7.


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