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    Lubricants for 600 mile service

    I know, everyone has an opinion on oils, but I take delivery of my new '13 R1200RT tomorrow and live 3 hours away so I want to make sure I have the right supplies on hand to do that service myself.

    TRANSMISSION and FINAL DRIVE:
    My understanding is that both the transmission and final drive use 75w-90 GL5 synthic gear oil, correct? I would normally default to Mobil 1 here since it is widely available and well regarded, any issue with that other than personal preference?

    ENGINE:
    Are most of you using JASO MA (motorcycle specific) engine oil even though the transmission and clutch are not lubricated by the engine oil? Who's making BMW oil these days? (used to be Spectro a decade or so ago)


    Don't mean to start "another oil thread" but the search feature didn't produce much on this.
    Randy
    CURRENT: R1200GSW, R75/7
    PAST BMWs: 2013 R1200RT, 2002 R1150RT, 1982 R100RS, 1993 K1100RS, 1993 K1100LT, 1989 R100RT, 1978 R80/7

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    BMW is selling a final drive oil labeled C-SAF-XO SAE 75-90 API GL5. I have no idea if it's any differend than any other GL5 out there.



    This is lifted fro the 2012 BMW R1200GS manual

    SAE 5W-40 Engine oil for motorcycles with dry clutch, API SF/
    ACEA A2, or better
    .-4 ?üÔÇ?F (.-20 ?üÔÇ?C)
    SAE 5W-.50 Engine oil for motorcycles with dry clutch, API SF/
    ACEA A2, or better
    .-4 ?üÔÇ?F (.-20 ?üÔÇ?C)
    SAE 10W-40 Engine oil for motorcycles with dry clutch, API SF/
    ACEA A2, or better
    .14 ?üÔÇ?F (.-10 ?üÔÇ?C)
    SAE 10W-.50 Engine oil for motorcycles with dry clutch, API SF/
    ACEA A2, or better
    .-4 ?üÔÇ?F (.-20 ?üÔÇ?C)
    SAE 15W-.40 Engine oil for motorcycles with dry clutch, API SF/
    ACEA A2, or better
    .32 ?üÔÇ?F (.0 ?üÔÇ?C)
    Engine oil, quantity for topping up max 0.5 quarts (max 0.5 l), Difference between
    MIN and MAX
    Anthony S.
    2012 R1200GS

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    Quote Originally Posted by sloride View Post
    BMW is selling a final drive oil labeled C-SAF-XO SAE 75-90 API GL5. I have no idea if it's any differend than any other GL5 out there.
    How about the transmission, same lubricant?
    Randy
    CURRENT: R1200GSW, R75/7
    PAST BMWs: 2013 R1200RT, 2002 R1150RT, 1982 R100RS, 1993 K1100RS, 1993 K1100LT, 1989 R100RT, 1978 R80/7

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    Dunno specifically about the 1200s, but:
    for the 1100s and 1150s:
    Same stuff is fine in the tranny.
    Lots of opinions about what works "best", but the tranny is less picky than what is needed in the rear drive (which does require the GL-5 hypoid rating); some of us use 75-140 red synthetic in the tranny with zero issues. I like the different color in case of a leak or a bad seal - the different color makes it easier to tell where it's coming from.

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    BMW doesn't call for the SAF-XO in the transmission . MY dealer uses Synthetic 75W-90 GL 5. My 2008 RT repair manual calls for SAE 90 GL 5
    Anthony S.
    2012 R1200GS

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