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Old 25 Mar 2005
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Hi,can anyone reccomend the best grade of oil for a trip on my GS 1100 (98 36000 miles)Leaving Calgary early July and heading down West coast of USA on route to S.America over 6 months.I should imagine i will be hitting high temperatures in the states.

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I run mostly on cheaper oils - semi-synh for cars, because it's quite slowly rotating engine, no need for expensive motorycle oils. Just replace the oil/filter at the time - every 10K kilometres and you're OK. I also replace gearbox and final drive oils at the same intervals - think how much work they have to do, and indeed, i know a rider who says the key to BMW final drive's long lasting is chaning it's transmission oils more often than manual suggests. I think the same goes to gearbox too, and it's quite cheap&easy to replace all the oils your own.

For engine in hotter conditions use SAE 20W-50 or 15W-50 oils.

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Much as Margus says - any modern, good quality brand name oil will do fine. The engine is not super highly stressed, so doesn't NEED a super oil. Synthetics may help it last a little longer, but may also bring with them leak problems, and are hard to get - and even more expensive than usual - in Latin America.

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