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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 2009, 10:21 am Thread Starter
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Oil Specification

Can someone point out the oil specification for 2008 K1200GT (10w40, etc). I just need to know what weight and spec (letter codes?) for oil, not interested in starting an oil brand war. I'm at 6000 miles and it's time for an oil change.

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 2009, 11:15 am
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Should be listed in your owner's manual . . .

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Don't worry about it.

You cannot buy the BMW AG recommended oil (i.e. Castrol Power 1 Racing 4T 5w-40 ) in the U.S.A. anyhoo. You need to crate your bike and ship it to Europe for an oil change with their specially-labeled Castrol stuff or have some shipped over here and hope it gets through U.S. Customs and Hazmat.

Meanwhile, let the dealer dump whatever he has into it. If it pukes any parts, it's on his nickle along with any blessing in your favor from your local magistrate. Once out of warranty, dump whatever JASO MA-2 oil you can find into it and pay for any damages yourself until BMW NA figures out what to dump into it (they seem to change their opinions a lot).

See the '08 Clutch Squeak thread somewhere below for more oil info.

Personally, I'm using Amsoil Motorcycle Oil 10w-40 in engine and their Severe Gear 75w-90 in the final until the samples from Blackstone Labs says the bike is shedding metallic stuff and heading downhill. If it's ready to blow chunks, then it's off to eBay or some trade-in deal.

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BTW, I think the owner's manual recommends Castrol GPS 10W-40 with a JASO-MA rating. Don't have the book in front of me to confirm, though. The last time I did my own oil change, I found the recommended oil at a Cycle Gear shop.

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The easy answer is:
10w-40
API class is a bit confusing, in the same literature (my 07 owners manual), they say SG, in another area they say SF to SH. So any recently rated oil should be fine.

On the type of oil, when I am ready to do mine I think I'd rather use the Castrol GPS as well. I believe Castrol did change the name of the oil though, I'm sure you can figure out what to use, like you said you aren't looking for an oil war. If left to my own to decide, if I couldn't find what I thought was the Castrol BMW wanted to use I would either get the BMW branded oil from the dealer, or something suitable from Spectro Oil, as long as the API class was correct.

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This would probably make the BMW boys smile:
http://www.castrol.com/castrol/secti...tentId=7040546

Seems to be aimed toward wet clutch and common-sump cycles.......
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Can someone point out the oil specification for 2008 K1200GT (10w40, etc). I just need to know what weight and spec (letter codes?) for oil, not interested in starting an oil brand war. I'm at 6000 miles and it's time for an oil change.
Here is what I am going by......see attachment.
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Per my dealer...BMWNA recommends BMW branded (Spectro in US) 15w-50. This is an attempt to lessen the clutch squeak. Personally, i have had the squeak since new and i used, Castrol 10w-50 racing, BMW 15w-50, BMW 10w-40. But the one i noticed to really quiet things up was Shell Rotella 5w-40 HD oil for diesels.

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Per my dealer...BMWNA recommends BMW branded (Spectro in US) 15w-50. This is an attempt to lessen the clutch squeak. Personally, i have had the squeak since new and i used, Castrol 10w-50 racing, BMW 15w-50, BMW 10w-40. But the one i noticed to really quiet things up was Shell Rotella 5w-40 HD oil for diesels.
Rotella >= SJ-- a no go according to BMW. Why it is a no go is lost on me?
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