Well Jacc883, there are many threads on this forum about operating temperatures and many varying opinions on that topic. The boxer version we are running is an air/oil cooled model. I believe the predominant danger of overheating here is the damage to your oil if it breaks down because of excess heat, then of course what follows is physical damage to the engine when the oil looses its ability to lubricate. I don’t agree with some of the oil recommendations made by BMW because they negotiate contracts with oil suppliers that are more involved in finance than lubrication. My personal choices are as a result of long term successful use and abuse with out any lubrication related failure. I believe in 100% total synthetic oil in all of my motored devices and the list is a long one from automobiles to pressure washers and lawn equipment to generators and welding equipment too. My motorcycle is no exception. As soon as I reached about 3K miles and I realized she was no longer using any oil, that my break-in was complete and the rings were seated properly I switched to synthetic. Now I don’t use or consume any quantity of oil between changes, none! My choice to synthetic is based on the ability of that oil to withstand much higher temperatures than standard oil. Read the threads available here because there are many valid opinions, I do what works for me. Your location, type of riding, climate and availability all enter into the equation. I’d also like to note that BMW did not think it necessary to install a temperature gage on my model anyway. That’s a big hint to me that the odds of you having a catastrophic failure as a result of high temperature it’s very low. The Selection of oil, viscosity, temperature range and quality or cost is a decision you have to make based on where and how you ride. The engine is often referred to as bulletproof, there’s a reason for that. In my opinion of all the things you need to be worried about temperature is near the bottom of the list. Please read the threads, there is valuable information and abundant experience and wisdom to be gleaned. Good Luck Mate.Everything you said is exactly the same for me the only difference being wife instead of girlfriend.
Oh yeah ...... I am MUCH younger than you... haha (68) LOL
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Any comment on the engine temp "norm"?