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    What Oil?

    I'm sure it's been asked before, but what oil should I be using in my new 2019 K1600GT that won't bankrupt me like the BMW oil?

    Penzoil 5W40 EU?

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    Debbie's Servant Lee's Avatar
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    If 5w-40 is the correct weight Castrol Power1 4T meets the specs.
    $45 for a 6 pack.
    https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B008MISD...v_ov_lig_dp_it
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    With a wet clutch, automotive oil is out of the question due to friction modifiers that will wreck the wet clutch. MA2 rating is a must.
    I find Liqui Moly from Beemerboneyard to be a great alternative to BMW oil and in spite of the name, there is no molybdenum in the oil... YMMV
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    If 5w-40 is the correct weight Castrol Power1 4T meets the specs.
    $53 for a 6 pack.
    https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B008MISD...v_ov_lig_dp_it

    This is what I use and where I get it. Sometimes you'll find this on sale and I buy a few cases. You can also get the filters and crush washers from Amazon.
    While you're at it, make the change simple and buy the super plug from RL on the K1600forum
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    Quote Originally Posted by millerj0545 View Post
    I'm sure it's been asked before, but what oil should I be using in my new 2019 K1600GT that won't bankrupt me like the BMW oil?

    Penzoil 5W40 EU?
    I use Shell Rotella T6 5W40, $22 for 4 quarts full synthetic and has the JASO rating. Put 52K on a 16 r1200rt using this oil and checked the valves myself recently. Top end looked great and no oil film or sludge visible at all, engine burns no oil between changes. I am happy to use this in my 18 K1600 bagger.

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    Castrol Power1 4T 5W-40 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil.
    Mahle OC-306 Filter.
    Get yourself a long 5MM hex socket. I use this one: http://www.gearwrench.com/3-8-drive-...ocket-5mm.html
    Do not get a ball-end. You'll chew up the secondary drain plug and you'll be sad.
    You'll also need an 8MM hex for the main drain.

    Have fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Igotone2 View Post
    I use Shell Rotella T6 5W40, $22 for 4 quarts full synthetic and has the JASO rating. ...
    Here is a link to info on Shell Rotella T6 5W-40. This oil does claim to meet the MA2 standard.

    https://rotella.shell.com/en_us/prod...f/t6-5w-40.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    If 5w-40 is the correct weight Castrol Power1 4T meets the specs.
    $45 for a 6 pack.
    https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B008MISD...v_ov_lig_dp_it
    If you check the box for the 20% discount it's $40.18 for a 6 pack now.
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    Rotella T6 and BMW reccomendations for engine oil

    Before you all use Rotella T6 in your K1600's engines, please call Shell technical support and ask them if their Rotella T6 contains Moly?

    Last time I checked (2 years ago) I was told that there was some Moly in the additives they use in their T6.

    Since BMW mentions not to use any engine oil that contains Moly, I'll stick with their recommendations.

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    Rotella oils are very popular in the FJR community. There are no additives that harm the wet clutch and it is used in bikes that are known for their long life and reliability.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frenchnew View Post
    Before you all use Rotella T6 in your K1600's engines, please call Shell technical support and ask them if their Rotella T6 contains Moly?

    Last time I checked (2 years ago) I was told that there was some Moly in the additives they use in their T6.

    Since BMW mentions not to use any engine oil that contains Moly, I'll stick with their recommendations.

    Robert
    Good point. But for clarity what BMW says is not to use any additives containing moly.
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    Oil causes bankruptcy

    If you think oil is expensive, wait until you see how fast and many tires you go thru and the cost of a dealer performed 18K service

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    If you check the box for the 20% discount it's $40.18 for a 6 pack now.
    Today it's 33.89
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