Why Tornado Chasers Choose AMSOIL
Appeared In: National Geographic*
My name is Tim Samaras, and I chase the most powerful storms on the planet. My passion and research is to intercept tornadoes in progress and deploy small probes directly in their path to record the extreme weather conditions inside the tornado core.
Last year our team measured the largest barometric pressure drop ever recorded on June 24, 2003 of over 100 millibars as it destroyed the small hamlet of Manchester, South Dakota. The data has revealed several “secrets” of the inside of a violent tornado. I’m also featured in the April 2004 issue of National Geographic magazine, where a photographer was with me during the deployments and has captured some of the most astounding tornado images ever on film.
Every year my pursuit takes me to the great plains where I journey over 35,000 miles over 12 states within a period of two months. Using a petroleum-based motor oil, I used to change my motor oil every couple of days! Based upon these frequent changes, I decided to switch to AMSOIL synthetic motor oil, where I have extended my oil changes to over 7,500 miles!
My vehicle has already seen some incredible abuse so far this year with over 15 tornadoes intercepted, where I’ve only had to change the oil three times, as my vehicle has already accumulated over 24,000 miles in May alone!
*The National Geographic series “Explorer” on the National Geographic Channel aired the new show called “Secrets of the Tornado” on Sunday evening, September 18th. The show featured the research/probe deployment work of AMSOIL sponsored storm chaser Tim Samaras and his colleagues over the past couple of years.
“Roadkill” and “Traveler” Claim a Mileage First
Appeared In: AMSOIL Action News
AMSOIL Dealer Tim Werder, “Roadkill” to his friends, has racked up a first on the first new U.S. manufactured full-size motorcycle in 60 years.
Werder, 42, Shawangunk, N.Y., has more than 100,000 “butt” miles on his Polaris-made 1999 Victory V92C motorcycle.
While it’s the world’s highest mileage for the cruisers since the first Victory V92C production model rolled off the assembly line on July 4, 1998, Werder is an old hand on a bike. He’s been riding since he was 16, even traveling more than 10,000 miles by motorcycle on his honeymoon with his wife Christine.
He uses AMSOIL 20W-50 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil (AMV) in the summertime and in the winter switches to AMSOIL SAE 10W-40 Motorcycle Oil (AMF).
The love of motorcycles has always been a theme in Werder’s life. He’s put more than 100,000 miles on other bikes through the years and faced more than his share of dangers along the way. Five accidents, one that caused him life-threatening injuries, have not deterred him, nor has a 190-mile-a-day round trip commute to his state government job in New York City.
His bike, known as “Traveler,” is powered by a 1507 cc air/oil cooled V-twin engine and has a five-speed transmission. The Victory bikes are manufactured in Osceola, Wis., with final assembly in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
Werder rides “Traveler” year round, even in the cold of the Northeast winter.
He owns another Victory, number 219 from the first year of production, and has on order a 2003 Victory Vegas with a new 1507 cc Freedom engine. He expects an early spring delivery date.
He uses AMSOIL 20W-50 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil (AMV) in the summertime and in the winter switches to AMSOIL SAE 10W-40 Motorcycle Oil (AMF). He also has installed an AMSOIL SMF-103 Oil Filter.
“I recommend this combination to my Victory customers as well,” Werder said. “I’m extremely pleased with the results I achieve from the AMSOIL products, and I’ve specifically had oil analyses performed to maintain awareness of fluid performance.”
His earned the nickname “Roadkill” because “I’ve hit five deer, all while motorcycling, never in a car,” Werder said. In one of those acddents, Werder nearly lost his leg. His wife and two sons share his love of motorcycles and work with him in his AMSOIL business.
He is former national vice president for the Victory Motorcycle Club and former corporate ride coordinator for the Victory Riders Association. He organized group rides for association members during the group’s first year. Werder joined the Marine Corps in 1986 and went to basic training on Parris Island. There he may have logged another first — as oldest recruit.
Drill instructors repeatedly made him yell out his age. “Sir, I’m 26, Sir!” Werder recalled of his time there. He became a logistics/embarkation specialist staff sergeant with Aerial Refueling Squadron VMGR- 452, Newburgh, NY. That unit was reactivated on Feb. 8, 2003 and sent to the Middle East. They haven’t seen active duty since the Persian Gulf War.
The veteran rider has logged nearly 500,000 miles on motorcycles. “My 26 years of riding has brought me to a butt-total of over 479,000 miles, including three 100,000 plus-mile motorcycles with a variety of trailer and sidecar-towing duties, and even though I live in the Northeast, I normally ride through the seasons, expecting my bikes to accept what I dish out. AMSOIL gives me the confidence to do so,” Werder said. “I anticipate the 500,000-mile mark this summer, and always recommend AMSOIL to fellow riders, regardless of the make of bike they ride.”
He caters to motorcycle riders in his AMSOIL business, especially Victory riders, he said, but he may expand that business when he retires from his full-time job. “I consider myself a voice for many motorcyclists, and am a long-time member of the American Motorcyclist Association, Motorcycle Rider’s Foundation and ABATE,” he said. He also maintains an online publication “The Victory Digest.”
As Roadkill says, “Ride on.”
AUGUST 19, 2003
AMSOIL Turns College Student into an Oil Enthusiast
I bought my 1991 Buick Century 3.3L V-6 used with 80,000 miles. The engine was a “new” rebuilt engine since the original was damaged from overheating.
From 80K to 94K miles, I used Mobil 1 10W-30 and was not satisfied even though I thought I was using “the best.” I had trouble with cold starts, and I live in Florida! When I tried to start the car, it was common that the car would not start on the first time. It normally took two or three more attempts to get the engine started. After the engine would start there was loud and prolonged clapping noises coming from the engine at an idle. Putting it in drive or driving long distances usually made that racket go away. The fuel economy was acceptable for the engine I had.
At 94,000 miles, I switched to AMSOIL 10W-30. I immediately noticed a dramatic reduction in starting times. Since switching to AMSOIL, my engine has only failed to start once on the first time, but one more attempt started the engine. After using AMSOIL for about 2000 miles, the lifter noise was almost gone and has gradually lessened even more. Fuel economy has also improved since switching to AMSOIL. I drive about 160 miles to school twice a week and used a half tank each trip. Since switching, I return home from both trips with about 1/8 of a tank left.
I am currently at 98,000 miles and I couldn’t be happier. I am going to switch to the AMSOIL Series 2000 0W-30 on my next oil change
As a full-time unemployed student, I am saving money that is already in short supply and I get a strong sense of security from AMSOIL. I realize that if my car were to break down, it would have a dramatic impact on my education and finances. My use of AMSOIL has dissipated those fears and I know my engine is getting the best care possible. Through my use of AMSOIL, I hope to get many more miles of use out of my car, thus lessening the financial burden that I will already have from my school loans.
Saint Cloud, Florida
DECEMBER 09, 2005
Practice Sled Survives on AMSOIL
Dear Jeremy and Everyone at AMSOIL,
I Had to write you to share my findings. We received our 2006 IQ race sled in October and began testing and prep for the 05-06 race season. Prior to that Kristen had been using her 2004 Pro X for a practice sled on the wood chip track.
As you know Kristen won 2 points Championships, a world championship, and multiple races on that sled. Since then the sled has been drag raced, trail rode, and used on the chip track. I always did routine maintenance and prep work. I’ve had the chain case apart, suspension apart and rebuilt the shocks multiple times. I have used AMSOIL products exclusively on this machine since new. Chain case Lube, suspension grease, shock oil, and engine oil. Starting with the series 2000, then Dominator. After every race I would check over the entire sled and never found any component broken or damaged due to a lubrication problem.
I’ve checked bearing, bushings, gears, chains and all internal engine parts. Other than a little scuffing on the intake side of the piston skirt, nothing wore, no extra play in bearings and everything was within tolerance.
Compression and scope checks shown the engine sound and strong so I never had it apart. Now after two years of pounding that sled I thought I’d better rebuild it. Running the sled on the chip track and dirt was sure to have caused some scoring and wear, even though compression checks showed no changes.
Well, I tore the whole sled apart. engine, chain case, suspension, I’ve checked bearing, bushings, gears, chains and all internal engine parts. Other than a little scuffing on the intake side of the piston skirt, nothing wore, no extra play in bearings and everything was within tolerance. I credit this to AMSOIL lubricants. No other products have been used in this sled. Once again, AMSOIL products not only proved their durability, but exceeded my expectations. Just by our choice in lubrication, we boosted our performance, increased the reliability, and protected the components of our sled.
Thanks AMSOIL for the quality product that does more than advertised.
PMK Performance Racing