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Old 07-20-2014, 01:56 PM   #16
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Olive Oil work?? Use it for bike, cooking or salad.
No, its not synthetic...no good for 1200 miles trips..and you would have every hot Italian babe following your everywhere even if it's not EVOO....don't say we didn't warn you.
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Old 07-20-2014, 02:05 PM   #17
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How much oil should I bring on a 1200 mike trip?

In all seriousness, in all my years riding BMWs and being around others that ride them I have found there are 2 camps. Those who obsess over oil levels that constantly check it and always "find" that their bike uses oil. Then there are those that never check it or worry about it and consequentially their bikes never use any oil.
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Old 07-20-2014, 02:55 PM   #18
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In all seriousness, in all my years riding BMWs and being around others that ride them I have found there are 2 camps. Those who obsess over oil levels that constantly check it and always "find" that their bike uses oil. Then there are those that never check it or worry about it and consequentially their bikes never use any oil.
I know of one guy in the latter camp who blew up his R1100S because he ran it dry of oil, so I'm not convinced it's a good plan.

OP, throw a quart in the saddelbag. If you use it, great. If you don't use it, great.
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Old 07-20-2014, 03:07 PM   #19
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I know of one guy in the latter camp who blew up his R1100S because he ran it dry of oil, so I'm not convinced it's a good plan.

OP, throw a quart in the saddelbag. If you use it, great. If you don't use it, great.
See .., he should have brought Olive Oil!
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Old 07-20-2014, 03:44 PM   #20
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OP, throw a quart in the saddelbag. If you use it, great. If you don't use it, great.
That's a good way to do it.. If your bike needs more than this something is wrong somewhere. Just ensure your engine oil levels are between the min and max levels before you actually start the trip.
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Old 07-20-2014, 04:04 PM   #21
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IMHO, if you see oil covering the sight glass on the side stand ride. If not pick up a quart of the closest oil you can find to what you run and drop in 8oz and ride.
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Old 08-26-2014, 11:25 AM   #22
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Olive Oil work?? Use it for bike, cooking or salad.
Olive oil is for those cutesy little Italian scooters you see Gina Lollobrigida and Sophia Loren riding around on.
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Old 08-26-2014, 12:08 PM   #23
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Even if your bike is using the maximum acceptable by BMW standards (1 liter/ 1000 kilometers) there is no reason to carry oil. Get it at truck stops along the way.
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Old 08-26-2014, 01:07 PM   #24
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If you need oil in 1200 mile trip, go take a 100 mile ride in the 6k+ RPM range and that should seat your rings... no more worries
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Old 08-26-2014, 04:19 PM   #25
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OP, throw a quart in the saddelbag. If you use it, great. If you don't use it, great.
Where's the fun in that? You, sir, are being far too reasonable!

FWIW, my GS used a litre in 1700 miles when new. Now, at 29K miles it uses so little I hardly check it. I'm going on a 2400 mile road trip in a coupla weeks and I'll probably take 8 or 16 ounces of Mobil 15-50 with me. A) I may need it, B) that specific oil is harder to find in Podunk, USA and C) I hate to have our group stop, mid-trip in some congested metropolis, because I didn't prepare properly.
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Old 08-26-2014, 09:52 PM   #26
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Where's the fun in that? You, sir, are being far too reasonable!

FWIW, my GS used a litre in 1700 miles when new. Now, at 29K miles it uses so little I hardly check it. I'm going on a 2400 mile road trip in a coupla weeks and I'll probably take 8 or 16 ounces of Mobil 15-50 with me. A) I may need it, B) that specific oil is harder to find in Podunk, USA and C) I hate to have our group stop, mid-trip in some congested metropolis, because I didn't prepare properly.

Sight window on my bike [all ?] reflects 500 ml red line to red line [8oz JVB mentioned]..on a recent off road ride of 2,067 miles, many in 1st gear/2nd gear and high temps, I used perhaps 50-75ml....nothing really. But was also carrying 500 ml of oil in an MSR bottle...oil Redline Motorcycle 20-50.

Simple thing to check with a sight window....
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Old 08-26-2014, 10:43 PM   #27
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I always carry a 1/2 qt in my bags during a road trip. Have only needed for riding buddy's to borrow. Other reason I carry some is for a tip over that could crack the valve cover. I also have JB weld with me to fix the cover but I may need some oil after the repair. I actually did crack a cover off a rock years ago so it's good to be prepared.
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Old 08-26-2014, 10:48 PM   #28
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I always carry a 1/2 qt in my bags during a road trip. Have only needed for riding buddy's to borrow. Other reason I carry some is for a tip over that could crack the valve cover. I also have JB weld with me to fix the cover but I may need some oil after the repair. I actually did crack a cover off a rock years ago so it's good to be prepared.
For the same reasons I carry 1 quart with me on trips.

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Old 08-27-2014, 12:18 AM   #29
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One litre (one quart) will do you fine. Enjoy the trip!
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Old 08-27-2014, 02:26 AM   #30
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Realistically, it's down to your bike and how you know it. Clearly from the answers, some don't use, some use a fair bit.

I find my usage of oil varies on my usage of the bike. Low revs, cruising highways is very easy on oil usage. Adv Riding, clutch slipping, varied throttle position etc, and I can chew through oil.

If you know you can buy it from any normal store en-route, no problem. Otherwise, carry it with you. My non-existant scottish heritage hates buying a 1L bottle when 4L is cheaper per L, but no way I'm carrying a 4L bottle for the rest of the trip, therefore, I take my own.
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