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post #1 of 142 Old 12-03-2014, 07:24 AM Thread Starter
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What engine oil are you using?

So the spec is 15W50.

I assume mineral oil only or a blend like "Motul 5100". What is everyone using?
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So the spec is 15W50.

I assume mineral oil only or a blend like "Motul 5100". What is everyone using?


An oil thread? Roadrunner, not you. Does Australia have April Fool's in December?
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I always use the BMW stuff.

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I always use the BMW stuff.
I hadn't always, but since the switch on the Camheads to semi-synth 15W50, it's just easier. It's also one of the few BMW labeled items that isn't ridiculously over-priced.

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So the spec is 15W50.

I assume mineral oil only or a blend like "Motul 5100". What is everyone using?
Can you not just pour some Fosters in there?
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I was using amsoil full synthetic on my last bike and it was the best oil I ever ran. I looked threw all the info on here and there is not a lot of talk about full synthetic. Is it not good for this engine?
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I was using amsoil full synthetic on my last bike and it was the best oil I ever ran. I looked threw all the info on here and there is not a lot of talk about full synthetic. Is it not good for this engine?
I've used BMW synthetic oil but only after the bike is broken in.

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I was using amsoil full synthetic on my last bike and it was the best oil I ever ran. I looked threw all the info on here and there is not a lot of talk about full synthetic. Is it not good for this engine?
Standard operating procedure on boxers used to be dino until the engine was broken in, then full synth starting around the 5 or 6k service. I also used the Amsoil 20W50 Synthetic Motorcycle oil for my previous two boxers after break in (one was a Camhead). I was very happy with it for tens of thousands of miles on both bikes.

That said, BMW switched to 15W50 semi-synth for a reason. Either the engineers decided it was better for some reason, or the execs made a deal with Castrol. Either way, it's just easier to buy it and use it than it is to worry about it. Like you'll find said in every oil thread in the history of internal combustion "It really doesn't matter what oil you use, just change it regularly."

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post #9 of 142 Old 12-03-2014, 03:26 PM
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Stick with Factory supplies for your oils and filters

Its a good idea to stick to factory stuff with the lubricants on the outside chance you have an internal engine failure. The first thing most manufactures look for in those cases is what oil and filter was used and how often was it serviced. They will usually deny the claim if the oil or filter used does not meet factory specs. These are real good records to keep even after the regular warranty runs out.
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I started my GS (after the 6K check) on full synthetic, but switched to BMW's blend at 15K at the recommendation of the dealer. Stayed with the BMW blend on the R9 as well.
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