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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Oct 24th, 2008, 6:35 pm Thread Starter
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What oil oild brands and viscosity can I use on the '03 GT?

I live one hour away from the closest BMW dealer and I find annoying spending three hours just to purchase motor oil when I change it myself. Since there is a Honda motorcycle dealer 10 minutes away I wonder if I could use different type of oil for my '03 GT. Also, the dealer suggest that I use 20W-50 vicosity all year around for the GT but on other bikes or vehicle it is reccomended to use lower viscosity in colder months. I wouldn't use the GT if the temperature is lower that 50 degrees anyway.

The owner maintenance manual suggests HD brand name oil, classification SF, SG or SH; I'm not sure what HD stands for but I could check with Honda dealer if they sell the SF, SG or SH.

Any suggestion?

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Oct 24th, 2008, 6:44 pm
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Gud'y Pier1,

I have an 04'GT Grey Green (The fastest)...

Just did a recent oil change and used Castrol

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I use Castrol Syntec Blend in 20W/50 wht. It's SH rated also.

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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old Oct 24th, 2008, 7:54 pm Thread Starter
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Thanks for the quick reply. Is this oil found at any automotive shop, like Autozone?

G'day NastyK1200. I'll be down under in less than two weeks and for most of November. Please make sure the weather is nice when I get there. Just passing by Sydney but I'll be mostly in Melbourne.

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Hey Pier, the weather down here in Melbourne is gonne be great over November...you've picked the best time of year to get down here...Best time to go for a decent ride....If ya get a chance to go for a ride, try either the Great Ocean rd or the Reefton spur through to the Black spur... gods own motorcyle country. And a nice cold beer at the Black Spur hotel is great to sit on the belcony and watch the R1's and such try to kill themselves....lol
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Check some past posts on this subject and you'll find a quality brand automotive is fine so you don't have to spend the outragous "motorcycle" oil prices. I use Mobile1 20w-50 synthetic and have many thousands of miles with no problems and am not a slave to the "Motorcycle Oil". BTW- Black is the fastest.

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Hello from Croatia!
Don't use motorcycle oil as it is not suitable for your bike....
Most other motorcycles have same oil lubricating gearbox and engine and also have wet clutches.
These (all motorcycle) oil have special additives for gears and clutch...
I doubt that these can do any harm, but there is simply no need to spend money on them.
Use any known brand of automotive oil in your engine, mineral, semi-synthetic or fully synthetic your choice, all is the same, just change it often enough and you will have years of riding...
As for viscosity and api ratings, here is an interesting link:


http://www.valvoline.com/carcare/art...=ccr20040601ov


Personally I like to use oil that I can buy at any gas pump so if I need to add.....

Regards, Goran!

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Castrol syntech blend 20 50....55000 miles on it..no burn no usage
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I use Mobile1 15w-50 synthetic for the last 30K miles. It gets a little bit thick below 15F though :-)
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old Oct 27th, 2008, 10:50 pm
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I just buy a case of whatever Diesel Motor Oil 15W/40 at Costco. Diesel Motor Oil is rated CD, which is approved by BMW Motorad.

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