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post #1 of 8 Old Mar 18th, 2007, 3:54 pm Thread Starter
 
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Does anyone know which oil company makes the BMW Branded Oil? I would like to stay with the same oil but am tired of paying the dealer price for branded oil.

I have a 2005 1200RT with 11,000 miles on it and it is almost but not quite broken in. Still uses a little oil but not nearly like when it was new. Sure smoothed out between 8,000 and 10,000 miles.



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post #2 of 8 Old Mar 18th, 2007, 5:05 pm
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I have nothing on the MC oil but all the cars are touting Castrol now as the "official " BMW oil.

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post #3 of 8 Old Mar 18th, 2007, 5:19 pm
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Does anyone know which oil company makes the BMW Branded Oil? I would like to stay with the same oil but am tired of paying the dealer price for branded oil.

I have a 2005 1200RT with 11,000 miles on it and it is almost but not quite broken in. Still uses a little oil but not nearly like when it was new. Sure smoothed out between 8,000 and 10,000 miles.



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My 2006 LT owners manual states that Castrol now is the "official " (and supposedly specially formulated) BMW oil.

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post #4 of 8 Old Mar 18th, 2007, 5:26 pm
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Does anyone know which oil company makes the BMW Branded Oil? I would like to stay with the same oil but am tired of paying the dealer price for branded oil.

I have a 2005 1200RT with 11,000 miles on it and it is almost but not quite broken in. Still uses a little oil but not nearly like when it was new. Sure smoothed out between 8,000 and 10,000 miles.



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BMW brand oil is made by Spectro. It is stated (in the small print) on the BMW oil container label. At my dealership(s) the Spectro is more expensive than the BMW brand.
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Changing brand is not a problem, your bike will never know if you don't say anything. All your bike knows is that it needs something slippery.
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post #6 of 8 Old Mar 18th, 2007, 11:04 pm
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My 2006 LT owners manual states that Castrol now is the "official " (and supposedly specially formulated) BMW oil.

SmokinJoe,

You are correct. I have often wondered why BMW recommends Castrol products, but slaps the BMW label onto Spectro products?

It is not exactly a contradiction , as both are premium motor oils with comparable quality.

It just seems odd, but it is BMW!!
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post #7 of 8 Old Mar 19th, 2007, 9:44 am
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I'm in the same boat (11,000 miles on my LT). I've used Castrol on other equipment and like the oil, but my question would be---If or when do you want to change over to synthetic oil? I've had two dealerships say they recommend synthetic at the 12,000 mile mark as this gives the engine time to "break in." Any thoughts?
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post #8 of 8 Old Mar 19th, 2007, 11:36 am
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I switched at the 12000 mile service. I have read on here, that some dealers recommend waiting until 18000 to switch. Frankly, I don't see how snythetic oils would be detrimental to the breaking in of an engine. Many of the new Harley's come right off the showroom with synthetic. Can anyone shed any light on this? jrlakin
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