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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Jul 25th, 2013, 8:54 am Thread Starter
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I have an 04 K1200GT doing first oil change (13k) any particular brand / weight of oil preferred? Did a search for oil and came back with few results. On the BMW car forums there are huge debates about which weight / brand is the best to use....

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Jul 25th, 2013, 10:49 am
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And on the forums also. Most will avoid oil threads like the plague.

Look in the owner's manual for questions on oil weight vs ambient operating temperatures.

I just switched to 15w40 out of a 5 gal bucket vs the Castrol 20w50 I have always used since 85 without any oil related problems ever on both Ks and Rs. Surprisingly noticed a slight increase in oil pressure, not a lot just 3 PSI and there may be other considerations to that. May not know until the next oil change, hopefully in a couple weeks as I just did it last weekend.

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I have 115,000 miles on my bike. All I have ever used it 10w40 dino oil. All of these oil debates are silly. I change every 6,000 miles. It uses no oil yet. For a while I thought it was using oil but I was not checking it correctly. The method is to put it on the center stand after a ride and check it 20 min later.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Jul 29th, 2013, 5:50 pm
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All of these oil debates are silly.
+1 on SILLY OIL THREADS
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Jul 30th, 2013, 7:49 am
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These are essentially small car engines -

I just use the correct weight Mobil 1 and change at the end of every season, or 15,000 miles, whichever comes first.

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Robert Persig - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


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