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Old 11-09-2007, 08:08 AM   #1
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F650GS engine oil

So the F650GS schedule calls for 6k mile intervals. The manual recommends name brand HD oil. I want to switch to a non BMW oil so I can find some when I'm on a ride, if needed. Does anyone know if this in synthetic or conventional motor oil. I know motorcycle oil is a higher quality, but am not sure.
What kind to you run ?
How often do you change your oil ?

Sad to say the bike doesn't get run through the paces anymore, it's now my commuter vehicle, which isn't bad. So I won't be running it hard if this helps.
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Old 11-09-2007, 08:13 AM   #2
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Most experts would recommend that you not switch to synthetic on a F series until about 12k miles. BMW recommends that you never use synthetic. F650.com faqs are your friend.
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Old 11-09-2007, 08:26 AM   #3
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Most experts would recommend that you not switch to synthetic on a F series until about 12k miles. BMW recommends that you never use synthetic. F650.com faqs are your friend.
+1.
The comsensus view is: no synthetic oil while breaking the engine in, perhaps never.

Here's the BMW F650 position statement on oil in the F650:
"Brand-name HD oil, API classification SF, SG or SH; suffix letters CD or CE are permitted; alternatively, brand-name HD oil of CCMC classification G4 or G5; suffix PD2 is permitted"
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Old 11-09-2007, 08:38 AM   #4
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ask your bmw dealership which kind of aftermarket oil they use
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Old 11-10-2007, 06:48 AM   #5
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suggestions....

Don't get hung up on oil. The fact of the matter is most guys don't keep their bikes longer than 30-40k miles before they get something else and "wearing out" your motor is next to impossible within that time frame. Unless your're a maintenance idiot and don't take care of your bike, there's no way you're going to fry your motor. Good ole fossil oil, name-brand, changed regularly will protect your bike for 99.9% of the riding conditions that you encounter. There are more important things in life than obsessing about the nuances of synth vs. fossil, additives, 1.5k vs. 3k vs 4k oil changes etc. Ride the damn bike and be sensible. If you run 6000 rpm for 1500 miles over a week on asphalt with a single and superheating the oil, change it when you get back from your trip. If you commute w/your bike and don't run in water 4 ft high, change the oil at manufacturers recommended interval. My 650 GS interval is 6k. That's when I change my oil.
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Old 11-10-2007, 06:54 AM   #6
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I run Castrol 20/50 in my 650GS. It has 34000 miles on it. Frankly, if I needed oil while traveling, I'd just look for any 20/50.
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Old 11-10-2007, 01:48 PM   #7
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ask your bmw dealership which kind of aftermarket oil they use
Right on the bottle of BMW oil that I have in my hand....
"....blended and packaged for BMW of N.A. by Spectro Oils of America"

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http://www.spectro-oils.com/faqs.htm

It's oil, not rocket science. Use decent motorcycle oil and change it every 3k and you'll be fine for a loooooong time. Most people, self included, avoid synthetics with wet clutches.
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