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    Attention all 1999 R1100R oil nerds - A very short report on oil consumption

    My 1999 R1100R now has 86k + on the clock. Last weekend (actually 4 total days) I rode to Darlington, SC for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race and then to my Mom's north of Atlanta for Mothers Day, what a good son I am .

    I rode 1,839 miles and used a total of 175 cc of oil. The bike ran outstanding! Almost every inch highway miles at an indicated 80 to 85 mph which works out to approximately 75 miles per hour. The ride home I clocked almost 725 miles in a 12 hour period.

    And, because the question will probably be asked, I am using Mobil 1 V-Twin 20/50 Synthetic as my choice of lubricant. This is a recent change for me as I have only been a Mobil 1 fan for maybe 5k miles at this point. Prior to that I was using good ol' Castrol 20/50 petroleum. There is a noticeable difference in mechanical noise with the Mobil 1 and I am extremely pleased so far.

    Please no oil wars... let's discuss proven oil consumption numbers for given miles driven might be interesting. Maybe that's already been done?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sibud View Post
    What caused you to switch?
    Please note all of my comments refer to Mobil 1 V-Twin 20/50 Synthetic specifically.

    I have been reading so many good things about Mobil 1 through the years and I wanted to see if Mobil 1 would help with some of the mechanical noise and ultimately engine longevity. I change engine oil and filter every 2.5k but I always noticed the Castrol would turn a bit noisier somewhere around the 1k mark. This seemed to be in agreement with many of the oil articles I read as many stated petro oil would begin to break down at the 1k mark even though you could still continue to use it.

    Mobil 1 has exceeded my own expectations with respect to mechanical noise. We'll possibly see as to the longevity side of it as I may or may not keep the bike long enough. For now I am a believer.

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    The points I deducted for you having attended a NASCAR race are more than compensated for by 1. You admitting it, and 2. You visiting your mom right afterwards.

    My "S" has done the LA-Vancouver-LA trip twice. A total of about 5,000 km (3,000 miles). Similar speeds to yourself with some really hot weather (100F +) thrown in for good measure. On both trips total oil usage was about 250cc. I too use Mobil 1 but its the 15-50 automotive variety. I've been using this oil (in different grades) for about 25 years in all my cars and bikes. Checking the specs between the automotive and the "V-Twin" formulation reveals very little difference so I save myself a few bucks.

    And those are my two cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    The points I deducted for you having attended a NASCAR race are more than compensated for by 1. You admitting it, and 2. You visiting your mom right afterwards.

    My "S" has done the LA-Vancouver-LA trip twice. A total of about 5,000 km (3,000 miles). Similar speeds to yourself with some really hot weather (100F +) thrown in for good measure. On both trips total oil usage was about 250cc. I too use Mobil 1 but its the 15-50 automotive variety. I've been using this oil (in different grades) for about 25 years in all my cars and bikes. Checking the specs between the automotive and the "V-Twin" formulation reveals very little difference so I save myself a few bucks.

    And those are my two cents.
    At the risk of losing points I have to admit I LOVE NASCAR. Exciting racing, amazing technology and a true team effort. They don't go on strike and they don't cry poverty like so many pro ball players. In addition, drugs are just about non-existant. And they actually say a real prayer prior to the race which may not be so popular today in many circles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billy walker View Post
    At the risk of losing points I have to admit I LOVE NASCAR. Exciting racing, amazing technology and a true team effort. They don't go on strike and they don't cry poverty like so many pro ball players. In addition, drugs are just about non-existant. And they actually say a real prayer prior to the race which may not be so popular today in many circles.
    I will respect NASCAR when they demonstrate an ability to go left AND right in the same race. To date, they've got nothing at all on MotoGP or even AMA.
    Ride Safe, Ride Lots

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