Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Rockford, MI, USA
nine year old thread, bike out of production for nine years.
BMW manual lists recommended, however I like Amsoil, Motoul, Castrol, or whatever motorcycle specific synthetic I can find, I usually change oil about every 3500 miles, will go to 5000 if on a longer trip.
Really frequent oil changes with motorcycle specific synthetic oil is all you need to worry about.
My air cooled 1984 Yamaha FJ1100 had 108,000 miles on it when I sold it and compression was still in spec. and surprisingly the valves only need new shims once at about 80K, but I changed oil & filter ever 3000 miles.
My track bike gets fresh oil every other track day, but it lives hovering at the rev limiter the whole time. (that oil goes to the lawn tractor, which sprays for bugs when its running)
'07 K1200GT Crystal Gray Metalic
'00 Ducati 900 Monster