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09-18-2012, 08:11 PM,
#1
How often do you change your oil?
I was just curious on this as I know some people that do it exactly at 3,000 miles. Some people do it only 2,500 miles, and some people go up to 4-5,000 miles depending on if they use synthetic.

What about you? Wink
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09-18-2012, 08:27 PM,
#2
RE: How often do you change your oil?
(09-18-2012, 08:11 PM)LondonFlyer Wrote: I was just curious on this as I know some people that do it exactly at 3,000 miles. Some people do it only 2,500 miles, and some people go up to 4-5,000 miles depending on if they use synthetic.

What about you? Wink

3000 to 4000 i run syn
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09-18-2012, 10:13 PM,
#3
How often do you change your oil?
I try to change the oil every 3k or 6 months, whichever comes first. I use Mobil1 15/50 and a Mobil1 filter.
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09-18-2012, 11:36 PM,
#4
RE: How often do you change your oil?
of late I have not been doing my 3000mile change the looked to be in such good nick still I couldn't see the point. so I have been changing @ 6000miles but doing my service religiously
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09-19-2012, 12:17 AM,
#5
RE: How often do you change your oil?
I've been at around 4k miles. I use synthetic. Do a lot of easy ridnig, so didn't see the point of 3,000 miles since the stuff I use is not cheap.
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09-23-2012, 12:20 AM,
#6
Re: How often do you change your oil?
I am using Amsoil and they say to change every ~16k miles or 1 year.
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09-23-2012, 12:47 AM,
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RE: How often do you change your oil?
(09-23-2012, 12:20 AM)zag Wrote: I am using Amsoil and they say to change every ~16k miles or 1 year.
I read this and thought, Amsol must be bloody good stuff 16k! so I checked the website what they say is twice the bike manufacturer recommended or 1 year. you have the 1100 right? my Cylmer workshop manual says 4000 mile to change your oil. if the oil looks good, well all ok I guess, but I would check it out your end
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09-23-2012, 01:44 AM,
#8
Re: How often do you change your oil?
Yea 16k seems pretty high..may be because we are used to hear numbers all around 3-5k. I am myself naturally skeptical with this 16k so keeping an eye on it. :).
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02-14-2013, 06:50 PM,
#9
RE: How often do you change your oil?
Some of it depends on your bike. A Vstar with a shared sump will go through the oil faster than say a Harley with a seperate oil for the trans. Transnissions shear oil down fairly quickly. You can actaully drop a grade in as little as 1000 miles in some bikes. A used oil analyisis is the best way to figure out what is best for you and your bike. But, that will cost you just about the same amount as a DIY oil change. Full syn oils will last a bit longer than the conventional oil but still needs to be changed in a reasonable amount of miles. If your bike is spec'd for a 10w40 or 20w50 you should always go with the 50 grade especially in the summer months. Since the oil shears down a grade from 50 to 40 and so on you want to be protected. Synthetics are nice and seem to run a hair cooler than conventional oil, also they flow better at startup in colder weather.

In a shared sump bike a few thousand miles is probably enough to go ahead and change the oil. But the UOA is a great way to go if you want to pay for one. If you run the oil too long it's not doing its job and protecting your motor. It'd be like running a 5w20, nowhere near thick enough to protect and endure the heat, especially in the air cooled bikes.

Also it makes no difference in the world if you switch brands, grades, or even blend your own. You can make a syn blend if you'd like to save a few $, or mix a quart of 10w40 with some 20w50 for the cooler riding season. Tons of myths out there about the do's and don'ts of oil.
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02-14-2013, 07:05 PM,
#10
RE: How often do you change your oil?
(02-14-2013, 06:50 PM)dave Wrote: Some of it depends on your bike. A Vstar with a shared sump will go through the oil faster than say a Harley with a seperate oil for the trans. Transnissions shear oil down fairly quickly. You can actaully drop a grade in as little as 1000 miles in some bikes. A used oil analyisis is the best way to figure out what is best for you and your bike. But, that will cost you just about the same amount as a DIY oil change. Full syn oils will last a bit longer than the conventional oil but still needs to be changed in a reasonable amount of miles. If your bike is spec'd for a 10w40 or 20w50 you should always go with the 50 grade especially in the summer months. Since the oil shears down a grade from 50 to 40 and so on you want to be protected. Synthetics are nice and seem to run a hair cooler than conventional oil, also they flow better at startup in colder weather.

In a shared sump bike a few thousand miles is probably enough to go ahead and change the oil. But the UOA is a great way to go if you want to pay for one. If you run the oil too long it's not doing its job and protecting your motor. It'd be like running a 5w20, nowhere near thick enough to protect and endure the heat, especially in the air cooled bikes.

Also it makes no difference in the world if you switch brands, grades, or even blend your own. You can make a syn blend if you'd like to save a few $, or mix a quart of 10w40 with some 20w50 for the cooler riding season. Tons of myths out there about the do's and don'ts of oil.

Thanks Dave, great reply.
I change mine every 4K or every year and like to do it at the beginning of the spring riding season if possible. I also see on some forums that people do NOT change their filter EVERY oil change. WHY woulf you want to put new oil through and old filter????
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02-17-2013, 04:04 PM,
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RE: How often do you change your oil?
(09-23-2012, 12:20 AM)zag Wrote: I am using Amsoil and they say to change every ~16k miles or 1 year.


http://www.amsoil.com/shop/by-category/1...il-change/


"Formulated for up to 10000-miles/six month intervals, or longer when recommended in owners' manuals or indicated by oil monitoring systems."


i would check your owner's manual and adjust your oil change intervals accordingly
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09-18-2013, 10:32 AM,
#12
RE: How often do you change your oil?
Ok so not to chime the wrong section, but I just rolled 1200 miles on my V-star 250, and not sure its had its break in period done. I got the bike at 300 miles and put the rest on it. should I change it now or wait till 1500 or 3k?
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09-18-2013, 01:07 PM, (This post was last modified: 09-18-2013, 04:59 PM by commonground.)
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RE: How often do you change your oil?
(09-18-2013, 10:32 AM)Airkewld38 Wrote: Ok so not to chime the wrong section, but I just rolled 1200 miles on my V-star 250, and not sure its had its break in period done. I got the bike at 300 miles and put the rest on it. should I change it now or wait till 1500 or 3k?
If I didn't know about initial oil change (break-in period), I would go ahead and change it and the filter. The first 800 to 1000 is when all the bits, shavings and leftovers are washed out. After that, I stay with the manufacturers recommended intervals (4,000) and always a filter change.
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09-18-2013, 01:54 PM,
#14
RE: How often do you change your oil?
every 3-4000 full syn rotella.
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09-18-2013, 08:31 PM,
#15
RE: How often do you change your oil?
(09-18-2013, 10:32 AM)Airkewld38 Wrote: Ok so not to chime the wrong section, but I just rolled 1200 miles on my V-star 250, and not sure its had its break in period done. I got the bike at 300 miles and put the rest on it. should I change it now or wait till 1500 or 3k?
as @commonground says change it now he has it right you got to get those bits and shavings out. dont forget to change the filter as well
Jmck
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