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    Interesting. As a side note, after the oil testing I had done on nearly 20 oils, someone mentioned that Porsche was offering a new oil for their "classic" cars. It was 20w50 and was in a metal can. That person sent it off to be tested to see where it stood relative to the results I had. One interesting result of that Porsche oil testing was an indication of a ferrous metal in the oil...only place it could come from was the can itself. Hmmm...maybe plastic is no so bad!
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    Must be some changin’ ‘round of the BMW oil supply/selection operation.
    While looking for a “complete” oil change kit for my F800GS, I read this at Bob’s BMW-


    BULLETIN: BMW 10W40 oil has been discontinued and is no longer available. Effective immediately, we are shipping Bel-Ray EXL 10W40 Oil* in this kit instead of the BMW oil shown. (See alternate photo.) The Bel-Ray product is a premium oil that is every bit equal to the quality of the BMW product.


    I don’t know what it means- if anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 20774 View Post
    Hmmm...maybe plastic is no so bad!
    At $13.50 for a quart of mineral 20w-50, it should come in a faceted glass bottle with a ground glass stopper and a wax seal on top. No worry about metal migration with that setup.
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    My airheads like https://www.amazon.com/Castrol-06102.../dp/B002IAV69O and at less than half the price of the BMW liquid gold. Available at many FLAPS if you don’t like to shop online or need to pick up a quart on the road.

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    I have been trying to kill mine with this cheap stuff, but have so far been unable to accomplish it...

    https://www.amazon.com/Valvoline-20W...ct_top?ie=UTF8
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    The Valvoline VR1 is good stuff...lots of ZDDP, creeping up to the Spectro levels. I used to run BMW's oil until things changed...have jumped on the Golden Spectro train at the moment.

    Uh oh...weren't not having a mid winter oil thread, are we??
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    Possibly more than you'd want to know about zinc in lubricating oil: https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2012/1...older-engines/
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    The Amazon ad sez the Valvoline Vr1 oil increases horsepower, yea!
    Whats not to like about that!! HP in a bottle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20774 View Post
    Uh oh...weren't not having a mid winter oil thread, are we??
    It's almost spring; we can do it.

    I did have an oil moment a couple of summers ago, when we slowly motored through Missoula to our downtown motel, on a really hot day, and my R1200ST was clattering at a worrying level just before I shut it down. A few months before, I had changed out synthetic Golden Spectro for Castrol GTX dino motorcycle oil. That was the last time I used dino oil in my bike.
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