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Old 10-08-2018, 04:55 PM
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Oil preference

This is always a contentious topic but I figure with the upscale folks on this BMW forum it won't get to nasty like it does over on the Corvette C7 Z06 forum I hang out on. I used to use Mobil 1 in all my motorcycles but since they changed the additive package years ago I have moved over to motorcycle specific full synthetic oils. Just changed the oil on my 2015 K1300s and used Motul 300V 4T 5W 40. This oil costs me a dollar more a liter than the 5W 40 BMW full synthetic that is recommended by BMW for the K1300s. This is a 100% synthetic ester oil that I have been using in my Triumph Thruxton R and my BMW R1200RTW for the last two years. Cant say on the K1300s yet but my other BMW & Triumph shift better using the Motul than the BMW branded oil or the stuff that came in the Triumph. With the Motul I change the oil and filter every 6000 miles or one year whichever comes first and have the oil lab tested.

Just wondered what others here prefer.
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Old 10-08-2018, 05:34 PM
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Re: Oil preference

Have always used Shell Rotella T6. Seems too work great for me.
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Re: Oil preference

Ditto on the Shell Rotella T6 5W40 in my '11 K1300S. It's fairly inexpensive for a Synthetic and its sitting on the shelf at Wal-Mart = not hard to find almost anywhere in the USA. It's MA2 Rated for Motorycles as well.
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Re: Oil preference

The Motul 300v oil you have chosen is a competition oil developed for track use. Smaller additive package and more frequent changes are ideal. You would be better suited to use a road oil: Motul 7100 Ester 5w40 4-Liter.
I too have drunk the koolaid and use Motul products. Even in my WRX.
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Re: Oil preference

I will have to second the Motul 7100 thought. Although I like the 300V for track use, I would never leave it in the bike for more than 300 miles, you will notice all the little noises get louder quickly. The 7100 will go the 6000 miles no problem, but I change it every 3000 just because.
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Re: Oil preference

Years ago I used mobil 1 synthetic passenger car oil in my k1200r until I felt the clutch slip at high rpm. I figured the antifriction package was just a little too aggressive.

Recently(past 3 years), I've been using redline oils. I'll buy a case whenever it goes on sale for about the price of synthetic mobil 1 motorcycle oil.

It is an ester base synthetic. Their racing oil has a robust additive package (no worry about catalytic converters) but with still acceptably low levels of moly for a wet clutch setup. Their motorcycle specific oils are presumably set up as usual to allow longer oil change intervals with a good TBN. I will mix one bottle of racing with two bottles of regular.
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