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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 17th, 2009, 9:49 pm Thread Starter
 
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Question what grade of oil k1200rs

hello i have a 1999 k1200rs with 16000 miles . what grade of engine oil should i use in the motor. thanks
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 2009, 5:16 am
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That engine is happy with most anything.

I've used 10w-40 and 20w-50. I've used dino oil and synthetic.

I'm currently using 20w-50 Valvoline in mine.

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Make sure that whatever oil you choose ( I use a synthetic blend Castrol for motorcycles) that it's SAE grade is no higher than SG. I think just about every oil you will find in an auto parts store is SL level now. Anything higher than SG is missing some lubricants that BMW specifically recommends. I buy my oil from Cycle Gear near my house.


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Oils.....

I have a 98'krs bought it with 10,396 on it.Owner ran BMW 20-50 dino-oil.
All service at dealer,I continued w/bmw 20-50 .Oil / filter change at 6000miles.
I was under the impression that (our) bikes were not broke in until 24,000.
Around 28,+ I switched to Amsoil 20/50 full synthetic. Me thinks it idles a bit quieter ?
I still use BMW filters. Any major performance change..? Milage seems the same..
Might be old but.....It still goes reaaal good! Enjoy!!
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To properly recommend we need some information:

1) minimum temperature the bike engine starts at (you need thinner oil when cold). If you garage your bike in a heated garage you can use higher viscosity than someone leaving theirs in a car port. Where you live also comes into play.
2) maximum running temperature (sitting in traffic on hot days is usually the worst).
3) how hard you ride - are you racing (I ride like I am being chased by the police 90% of the time and never sit in traffic)

There are a few other factors, but those are the main ones.
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Make sure that whatever oil you choose ( I use a synthetic blend Castrol for motorcycles) that it's SAE grade is no higher than SG. I think just about every oil you will find in an auto parts store is SL level now. Anything higher than SG is missing some lubricants that BMW specifically recommends. I buy my oil from Cycle Gear near my house.
I was not sure on this so I looked it up.
All later API ratings MUST improve on previous ones, they cannot lack lubricants.

http://www.unitedoil.com.au/apiclass.htm
http://www.performanceoiltechnology....ifications.htm

are pretty clear, I read about five others and they are in agreement.
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I was not sure on this so I looked it up.
All later API ratings MUST improve on previous ones, they cannot lack lubricants.

http://www.unitedoil.com.au/apiclass.htm
http://www.performanceoiltechnology....ifications.htm

are pretty clear, I read about five others and they are in agreement.

Unfortunately the articles don't consult BMW Mottorad which specifically states that oils used for it's bikes be SG or SH rated. There are quite a few products out there which are MC specific oils which meet these grades. It's your engine so put in it what you want, but I'll trust the guys who build them to point me in the right direction.


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