Anyone run 20w50 in the new 2010, 11???r1200gs

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by rockycraig, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    I ran 20w-50 for 65,000 miles while living in the desert...at 70k, and living in Washington, I switched to 15w-40 Marine and Diesel. Both from Amsoil, installed originally at 600 miles. Bike was broken as if it were stolen. ZERO oil consumption problems..10,000 mile oil interchange intervals.
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  2. EJ_92606

    EJ_92606 Rider

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    It's true, been using the LR labeled gear oil for awhile now for FD and transmission.
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  3. SeeRace

    SeeRace Been here awhile

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    Auto Zone does not list on their website, and last I checked Amsoil does not sell Castrol SAF-XO, pretty sure I will not find it at Walmart either, but I've been wrong at leat once before :dunno
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  4. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    But they all sell 75w-90...in the proper grade..???

    :dunno
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  5. lkchris

    lkchris Albuquerque

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    Castrol SAF-XO is a specially formulated full synthetic. There are no "equivalents" and yes, it's not available at WalMart. USA availability is only at BMW and Land Rover dealers.

    BTW, this oil is not now nor has it ever been recommended for the transmission--just the final drive.
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  6. Pickup man

    Pickup man Been here awhile

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    I run the mobil 1 15w 50 and the bike gets great fuel economy and runs like a top, and oil consumption is minimal. I get it at Autozone. As for Tranny and Final drive oil, I have been using Royal Purple 85w 140 and rowing through the gears are silky smooth.
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  7. Chip Stevens

    Chip Stevens Been here awhile

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    TaSK, My GSA has a build date of 2012-01. The owners manual lists several different weights of oil that are temperature related as in post #15 of this thread. My interactive DVD repair manual for R Models K2x GS 7th edition only lists one weight oil under service data. It is 15w-50. chip
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  8. Bill-66

    Bill-66 Hencho in Kansas

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    :norton

    Strange, looking at their site, SAF XO is now SYNTRAX " a GL-5 lubricant compatible with all GL-5's"

    GL-5 can be bought....ANYWHERE.


    PS...SAF XO and XJ are European designations. May explain the scarcity here...ie..dealer only
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  9. tagesk

    tagesk Tuscan rider

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    That might be correct.
    However, it is not how the world works.

    A designer of any mechanical device which requires oil will design around come physical properties
    of the oil. These properties are detailed in the requirements the oil must meet (or exceed).

    In addition, BMW probably holds a bidding context among producers for the honour of being "recommended".
    This year Castrol won that contest and paid the most, and BMW, this year, supplies their oil.

    It might be true that some oil from some random producer is "special", but the engine and drive-train
    is designed to run on any oil that meets the requirements. That is in fact the sole purpose
    of requirements.

    As a contrast: Do you really think BMW would restrict their global out.reach to those markets where
    Castrol happens to be present?

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