How much oil should I bring on a 1200 mike trip?

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  1. lilmonkey

    lilmonkey Been here awhile

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    Taking a trip next week and want to know how much oil I should plan on using.

    I know I have seen the consumption numbers somewhere, not sure where.

    Thanks in advance!
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  2. RichBMW

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    Please tell me this is a joke
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  3. rideLD

    rideLD The further the better!

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    Lol
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  4. terryckdbf

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    To answer your question, none. Enjoy the trip.

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  5. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

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    All of it.

    Empty the shelf at your favorite auto parts store, take it all with you.


    Serious answer: I wouldn't take any.

    If your bike is losing multiple liters over 1,200 miles, that bike has no business going anywhere but a garage to get repaired.

    Assuming you don't have a 1,200 mile fuel range, oil is available at any of the ~6 gas stops you'll need to make.
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  6. HillbillyfromAL

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    Depends on what your cooking hash browns require more oil than bacon and eggs.


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  8. JetSpeed

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    Excellent!
    And also what brand and viscosity?
    Dang, it's been nearly 20 minutes since the last oil thread, I was getting a wee bit concerned........but someone always come's through in the end.
    Oh, and don't forget to smell it, def will want to know how it smells for sure.
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  9. cug

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    Okay, I think all the jokes have been made, so I refrain from that. But jokes aside, my 2010 camhead DID use some oil. I added around 1L before it hit 4k miles, another 500ml from 4k to 6k, then 6k service, roughly 500ml from 6k to 9k, nothing really after that.

    Some of the older boxer engines did use some oil during the first X miles, where X varied quite a bit for different bikes.

    For a 1200 mile trip, I'd check the oil beforehand and take a look from time to time, always with the same procedure (side stand for ~2 to 3 minutes, center stand for another 2 to 3 minutes, check) and if it fell to the low marker, I'd get some oil along the way. It's not worth carrying a quart in the luggage for something you'd likely not need.
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  10. XB12R

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    I just went 6,000 miles and used none.
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  11. lilmonkey

    lilmonkey Been here awhile

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    Cug...similar experience here.

    I knew I'd get an earful once I posted. It was an honest question...and sometimes searches come up with everything or nothing.

    My 2012 used a lot when new, and has subsided in the last 2000 miles (since the 6k service). I have a small MSR bottle that I carry that should suffice, but wanted to hear it from the experts...or jackasses...:wink:
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  12. JetSpeed

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    You would know better than anybody how much oil your engine consumes.
    My 05 used about a quart every 4k miles when new but by the time it had 20k miles it was down to 1/2 quart every 6k miles.

    My new GSW uses virtually none since day one.
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  13. def

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    JetSpeed is right on! I smell everything. I learned it from Ginger, the wonder dog pictured in my avatar.

    Soon there will be smellivision to replace television. I'll be ready...so will Ginger.

    As for travelling with oil, don't do it. It's dangerous. Oil is available at any truck stop along with fuel, CB radios, hot meals, Imodium and condoms.

    But, do bring your American Distress card...don't leave home without it.
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  14. JetSpeed

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    Humans don't know friendship quite like dogs know a good friend, they sniff your butt, you sniff theirs...now that's a friend.

    I also recommend defueling the bike before a long trip to avoid the dangers of carrying gasoline.
    Besides, all that stuff will just weight you down, and don't use the brakes either.....they just slow you down.
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  15. Bikerboy108

    Bikerboy108 Pat from Jersey

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    Olive Oil work?? Use it for bike, cooking or salad.:rofl
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  16. def

    def Ginger th wonder dog

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    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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  17. rideLD

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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.
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  18. Jim Moore

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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.
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  19. Bikerboy108

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    See .., he should have brought Olive Oil!:rofl
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  20. Kazky

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    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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