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I have a 2011 R1200RT and I want to change the oil. The dealer did it last time and on the service receipt it says; 'DRUM' oil. OK, oil out of a drum but is it a mineral based oil or semi synthetic? I'm guessing semi synthetic or synthetic is the best choice. Can anybody recommend a brand and do I have to buy the oil filter from the dealer? Thanks, Cruzinude
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Synthetic, mineral, half-and-half -- matters not, so long as it is changed at proper intervals.
Synthetic, mineral, half-and-half -- matters not, so long as it is changed at proper intervals.
Synthetic, mineral, half-and-half -- matters not, so long as it is changed at proper intervals.
Hmmm...in my search online since I posted, conventional oil was recommended and it looks like the drum oil that the BMW shop uses is conventional. I don't ride a lot(1K miles/year) but I thought since it's been three years since the dealer changed the oil that it's due.
I would be surprised to find that BMW uses anything but synthetic oil.

Is synthetic oil really better?

Yes, synthetic oil is better for your engine than conventional oil. Although conventional oil (i.e., mineral oil) can provide adequate lubrication performance, it can't compete with the overall engine performance and protection provided by synthetics.
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Filters on EBAY ... Oil , Mobil Delvac 15/ 40 Diesel oil from Wal mart in every engine I own .. every type bike , mowers , track equipment , Everything except family Vehicles .. they get 5 w 30 ...
I would be surprised to find that BMW uses anything but synthetic oil.

Is synthetic oil really better?

Yes, synthetic oil is better for your engine than conventional oil. Although conventional oil (i.e., mineral oil) can provide adequate lubrication performance, it can't compete with the overall engine performance and protection provided by synthetics.
I finally called the dealer and you're right, it's semi synthetic
Any good oil will do , conventional , or synthetic ....
Any good oil will do , conventional , or synthetic ....
But everyone says synthetic is better....
Shortly after I bought my 2003 R1150RT I started using Mobil 1 full synthetic 15W50. Synthetic oil resists thermal breakdown better than conventional oil, and these oil/air cooled engines can get pretty hot in the summer, especially when you're stuck in slow traffic.
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Shortly after I bought my 2003 R1150RT I started using Mobil 1 full synthetic 15W50. Synthetic oil resists thermal breakdown better than conventional oil, and these oil/air cooled engines can get pretty hot in the summer, especially when you're stuck in slow traffic.
Thanks:)
But everyone says synthetic is better....
Everybody jumped off the bridge , ......l They must be right .....
Shortly after I bought my 2003 R1150RT I started using Mobil 1 full synthetic 15W50. Synthetic oil resists thermal breakdown better than conventional oil, and these oil/air cooled engines can get pretty hot in the summer, especially when you're stuck in slow traffic.
Sounds like a commercial ....
I finally called the dealer and you're right, it's semi synthetic
I am surprised it is even a semi.

Any good oil will do , conventional , or synthetic ....
But everyone says synthetic is better....
Because it is.
Semi ? Just a little pregnant ?
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I was just looking it up for my 17 1200 GS boxer, 5w 40 synthetic For 2013 to 2018.
pre 1200 1150 was 10w 40.
Next Question. Hot weather after riding slow in traffic, Oill Check Level comes up on display.
no flashing light
I can see the [email protected]#$&*( level. Even with my glasses on crouched beside it trying to hold it upright.
Get home, my son and I check level looks good. middle of the circle.
wild guess oil temp might be a little high not high enough to set of warning, expansion setting off high level?

both time stoped for coffee warning went away. When I restart Rode home no issue.
only happened after riding in slow traffic.
Still scratching my puzzler.
Is it possibly an oil pressure signal ?
Might be, not sure, said Oill check level.
I don鈥檛 have the manual with me. I鈥檝e got an online version I haven鈥檛 found reference yet.
I did find the correct oil if I have to add. But level looks ok when bike is level and cooling down after riding.
I don't have faith in any 5w oil .. I'm in deep South Texas , HOT .... I Do 15/ 40 in everything but the family car ....
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