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post #1 of 67 (permalink) Old 10-Aug-2016, 07:54 AM (537) Thread Starter
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Let's Talk Engine Oil

I want to start changing my oil on a 2015 R1200GSW. the dealer uses oil from a drum and with what I spent on this bike I want something better. my bike works at high revs and about 500-700 miles per week. wanting to change about every 3,500 - 4,000 miles. how many miles do you go before a change? I saw this oil advertised not long ago and wondered if anyone here uses it or knows anything about it;
"Motorex Boxer 4T SW-40 JASO MA2"
any other suggestions for a better oil?
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post #2 of 67 (permalink) Old 10-Aug-2016, 08:02 AM (543)
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The oil change interval recommended by BMW (6,000 miles) is probably a little bit conservative as it is, I would recommend that be followed.
There are many very good oils on the market that meet BMW's specs (SAE 5W-40, API SL / JASO MA2).

Motorex is fine, I think Bel-Ray is the best and Shell Rotella T6 is probably the most popular.

This is a list of suitable oils that I compiled that meet BMW's specifications for the new liquid cooled machines:

Oils meeting BMW Specifications (API SL, JASO MA2 and 5W-40):

Motul 300V Ester Core
Motul 7100 4T (Ester)
Bel-Ray EXS (Ester)
Bel-Ray Scooter Synthetic Ester Blend 4T
Shell Rotella T6
Motorex Boxer 4T
Motorex PowerSynt 4T (PAO/Ester)
Motorex Top Speed 4T
Spectro Platinum 4
Liqui Moly Racing 4T Synth
BMW Advantec
Castrol Power 1 4T Racing
Silkolene Pro 4 Plus
Silkolene Quad ATV
Ravenol Motobike 4-TAKT Fullsynth (Ester)
Repsol Moto Racing 4T (orange container)
Kawasaki Performance ATV/UTV (semi-syn)
Petronas Syntium Moto 4SP (not sold in U.S)
Delek Motor Cycle 4T (not sold in U.S)
Eurol Sportbike (not in in U.S)
Elf Scooter4 Maxi City (not sold in U.S)
Olio Motore 4T Emi (not sold in U.S)
Gulf Syntrac 4T (not sold in U.S)
Zuminol Double Ester (not sold in U.S)
Ulei Moto 4T Ipone Full Power Katana (not sold in U.S)
Eurol Sportbike (not sold in U.S)
ER 540 Infinity Energy (not sold in U.S)
Kroon-Oil Expulsa RR (not sold in U.S)
Freedom 4T Motorcycle Oil SM (not sold in U.S)
Rock Oil Synthesis 4 (not sold in U.S)
Bardahl Racer Fully Syn 4T-N (not sold in U.S)
Champion Pro Scooter 4T (not sold in U.S)

There are other viscosity oils that are JASO MA2 and API SL (or higher) out there that are suitable but I wouldn't recommend straying too far away from the 5W40 weight that BMW recommends.

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Is there any Amsoil oils that are approved for this bike?

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JETSPEED, thank you sir! that was most helpful and I will follow your suggestions. guess I will do changes about 5,000 - 6.000 miles too. I am a little "anal" when it comes to having my GS being presentable and standing at the ready at all times, know what I mean?
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Is there any Amsoil oils that are approved for this bike?
Amsoil Metric 10W-40 is API SL and JASO MA2 certified, the only thing that may be of issue is that is is 10W-40 and not 5W-40. This probably makes little difference in performance it just depends on how anal you are.
IMHO it is an excellent oil but I see no advantage in using it vs other oils that are 5W-40, there is a reason that BMW specified this weight oil.
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Thank you, fortunately from your list there are a wide variety of approved 5w40 oils to chose from.

Thanks again.
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I use Castrol Power 1 Racing 5w40 and change my oil every 5000klms
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I use Castrol Power 1 Racing 5w40 and change my oil every 5000klms
Is there a reason that you change the oil so often (3100 miles) or just because it feels good?
When using premium synthetic oil like Castrol that is a waste of money.
Many modern motorcycles have 10,000 mile (16,000km) oil change intervals.
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Is there a reason that you change the oil so often (3100 miles) or just because it feels good?
When using premium synthetic oil like Castrol that is a waste of money.
Many modern motorcycles have 10,000 mile (16,000km) oil change intervals.
Yeah there is...because I feel like it. Sigh...I thought I got away from you when I asked for my account to be deleted from ADVRider...

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Yeah there is...because I feel like it. Sigh...I thought I got away from you when I asked for my account to be deleted from ADVRider...
You could clearly see that I posted on this thread previously but yet you decided to throw a senseless claim into the mix....hmmm
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