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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old Mar 28th, 2007, 10:51 am Thread Starter
 
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Question recommended oil for the New GT

I am about ready for my my 12,000 mile inspection and was wondering what oils BMW now specifies for the 06/07 K1200GT. If I remember right the info in the owners manual is out of date and the different dealers I have talked to all have their own opinions. All I want are the facts so I have turned to the collective wisdom for this list.
I am leaning toward synthetic as I plan to keep this bike for several hundred thousand miles. Is the BMW 15-50 Synthetic approved?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old Mar 28th, 2007, 10:56 am
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I just changed to Amsoil 10-40 Motorcycle specific at 11500 miles and works great
the amsoil has the correct clasification
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I was changing the oil in my 6.0 liter diesel the other day and noticed Rotella was a 10w 40.

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I was changing the oil in my 6.0 liter diesel the other day and noticed Rotella was a 10w 40.
Ah 4 gallons of oil, damm easiest oil change with a fumoto valve and the oil filter on the top of the engine......

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Is synthetic OK for your wet clutches?

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For what we pay for these bikes i follow the manual. 10w-40, JASO MA or SAE SG. BMW oil in the USA is Golden Spectro. I will use Castrol Actevo.
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...If I remember right the info in the owners manual is out of date ...
Don't know where you got that

Any brand oil - any composition, dino, simi-synth or full synthetic - as long as it meets SAE 10W-40;API SG;JASO MA standards, it'll do just fine. The key for wet clutches is the JASO MA standard.

But feel free to put anything in that makes -you- feel good.

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Don't know where you got that

Any brand oil - any composition, dino, simi-synth or full synthetic - as long as it meets SAE 10W-40;API SG;JASO MA standards, it'll do just fine. The key for wet clutches is the JASO MA standard.

But feel free to put anything in that makes -you- feel good.
The reason I ask is because a tech at one dealership told me BMW 20-50 too "thick" but BMW synthetic 15-50 is ok after 12,000 miles. Another dealership service manager told me they only use BMW 20-50. And I think I read on this forum that BMW changed the viscosity for the oil to allow 20-50 or 15-50.
I have been using BMW 10-40, as per my owners manual and changing it every 3000 miles.

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Ah 4 gallons of oil, damm easiest oil change with a fumoto valve and the oil filter on the top of the engine......
I hear you! Though the fuel filter under the truck can be kind of a pain.

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I have been using BMW 10-40, as per my owners manual and changing it every 3000 miles.

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I changed my LT's oil every 3g. I know a fellow on the LT site, Dave Sheely, an engineer, who tore down a high mileage LT engine that the oil was changed every 6 thou and the wear was negligible. I think I'm going to 6.

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