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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old Jul 8th, 2009, 4:46 pm Thread Starter
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Oil change question

Well fresh off my tire fiasco, I thought I'd ask about changing the oil :-) Bike now has 3K miles on it, at the 600 mile service I put in Spectro 10-40 dino juice. The bike has used ZERO oil. SInce I plan on racking up a bunch of miles going to the RA rally etc, I'm gonna change the oil. Now I've been reading that BMW is now calling for 5-40wt full synth, to help with the clutch chatter and that on the 1300's they're saying to change at 600 miles to synth. Since the bike is using no oil I'm going to switch to synth.. My plan was to use Amsoil 10-40 and go 6K between changes. Amsoil doesn't make a MC specific 5-40wt Castrol does make a 5-40 and that I believe is the oil that BMW is now recommending ( BMW is supposedly bringing their own branded 5-40 Castrol out soon) So first question use the superior Amsoil 10-40, or use the Castrol 5-40?

Second question. What is that plastic funnel shaped thing in the oil dip stick hole for??
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This thread is going to stir things up again. There are more opinions than oil choices. I changed my 06GT at 16k to Amsoil 20W-50 motorcycle oil (I know) and my clutch chatter has completely gone away. Also the BMW clunk is a lot better.
Now I know that many say not to use a 20W-?? oil but the engine doesn't know the difference. If I was riding in the winter that would be different. I built Indy engines for 18 years so I'm not a dummy when it comes to engines, prob'ly not the smartest either.

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Ah but Wayne we haven't had an oil thread in what 6-8 hours :-)
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I done the 6k oil change this past weekend. Used Mobil 1 Racing 4T 10w-40 4cycle Motorcycle Oil . Shifting was smoother and motor also seemed to be smoother . Found the oil at Walmart for $8 a quart.

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Oil is oil . . . use a well-known brand that carries the right spec for the bike and change it as often as you feel is necessary. Some guys say 3K, some (including BMW) say 6K, some run longer than that.

Just use a good quality oil and change it regularly, then just go ride.

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Oil is oil . . . use a well-known brand that carries the right spec for the bike and change it as often as you feel is necessary. Some guys say 3K, some (including BMW) say 6K, some run longer than that.

Just use a good quality oil and change it regularly, then just go ride.

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A&S Oil

Had an interesting experience with A&S BMW online order. Last time I ordered their 'kit' which included 4 quarts of 10w40, filter, crush washer and rubber gloves. As you know the bike doesn't need 4 quarts so over the miles I had 1.5 quarts left over.

So my latest order was just a filter and 3 quarts off their K1200GT2 area on the website. If you can believe this, they did not send a $.15 crush washer! I poured in the 3 quarts and went to grab the half quart when I looked a the container. The half quart was 10w40 but the three I had just put in were 20w50! I had to run to a hardware store to get another quart as I did not want to mix grades. Why switch weights? Why no crush washer?

I sent them an email about the situation and have not heard back in a week.

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I'm still wondering what that funnel shaped thing in the oil fill hole is for?
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post #10 of 21 (permalink) Old Jul 10th, 2009, 9:28 pm
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Does it make sense that it holds the guide for the dipstick? Only reason I see for it, but why the dipstick needs a guide i don't know.

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