How often do you change your oil?


57 replies to this topic
  • rangerman

Posted November 17, 2007 - 04:39 PM

#1

Just wondering. I only go riding about 5 times a year, so I usually change it once or twice...what about you guys?

  • zipper600

Posted November 17, 2007 - 05:05 PM

#2

1000 kms.road use only.

  • Krannie McKranface

Posted November 17, 2007 - 05:56 PM

#3

-450x: every 100-ish miles maximum, or every ride if very dusty.
- XR650R: every 300 miles, or more if very dusty.

  • weskc35k

Posted November 17, 2007 - 06:25 PM

#4

Every now and then.

  • Rman of 237

Posted November 17, 2007 - 08:13 PM

#5

Every 6 to 8 hundred miles. I know the Hondas and the TW will go farther but Rotella is cheap:thumbsup: and I'd rather be safe than sorry.:thumbsup:

  • martinfan30

Posted November 17, 2007 - 10:11 PM

#6

oil sucks...

every 1000 miles, with filter and screen cleanings.

  • absynth01

Posted November 17, 2007 - 10:56 PM

#7

Every 2 rides. :thumbsup: Rotella. Filter and screen twice yearly, unless oil shows problems.

  • XR4DEZ

Posted November 18, 2007 - 04:10 PM

#8

Are your rides a 1000 miles a pop, if so you might want to change it a few more times. :thumbsup:

  • absynth01

Posted November 18, 2007 - 04:42 PM

#9

Are your rides a 1000 miles a pop, if so you might want to change it a few more times. :thumbsup:


Typical 200+ sometimes 600MI. Oil is cheap, and these air cooled bikes run HOT!!!!

  • philipstjohn

Posted November 18, 2007 - 06:40 PM

#10

Typical 200+ sometimes 600MI. Oil is cheap, and these air cooled bikes run HOT!!!!


Number one rule- follow the manufacture's schedule in your manual. :ride: :thumbsup:

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  • martinfan30

Posted November 18, 2007 - 07:19 PM

#11

better yet, change oil and filter every 1k to 1.5 k miles. never have a prob. this way, lubrication wise!:thumbsup:

  • rangerman

Posted November 18, 2007 - 07:19 PM

#12

My manual was lost 20 years ago....now what do I do?

  • XR4DEZ

Posted November 18, 2007 - 07:21 PM

#13

Every 300 miles for me.

  • martinfan30

Posted November 18, 2007 - 07:23 PM

#14

follow the 1500 mile LOF routine with cleaning the downtube screen and clean the screen in the right side case every 3-4 LOF's. be good to go.

also stay away from "energy conserving" oils as a thread here recently stated.

  • AtomicGeo

Posted November 18, 2007 - 07:33 PM

#15

Every 1K miles for me (incl. filter change)

:thumbsup:

  • Big Red Paul

Posted November 18, 2007 - 11:04 PM

#16

every 1000 miles, with filter and screen cleanings


I change oil every 1k, and filter every 2k.

What do you guys mean by screen cleanings? Where might I find these screens to clean ?

  • rangerman

Posted November 18, 2007 - 11:37 PM

#17

Why should I stay away from energy conserving oils? I am using a Honda synthetic motorcycle oil right now at like $12 a pop.

  • Rman of 237

Posted November 18, 2007 - 11:58 PM

#18

I change oil every 1k, and filter every 2k.

What do you guys mean by screen cleanings? Where might I find these screens to clean ?

On the very bottom of the frame downtube reservoir right under the drain you'll see a fitting. Loosen the fitting and you'll see the the screen. Mines always spotless but what can I say about yours.:thumbsup: IMHO I think its the most usefull during break in as the filter should catch everything long before it gets to the screen but I check it anyway.:ride:

  • Big Red Paul

Posted November 19, 2007 - 04:15 AM

#19

On the very bottom of the frame downtube reservoir right under the drain you'll see a fitting. Loosen the fitting and you'll see the the screen. Mines always spotless but what can I say about yours. IMHO I think its the most usefull during break in as the filter should catch everything long before it gets to the screen but I check it anyway.



Many thanks sir. Will check the screen next oil change.

  • absynth01

Posted November 19, 2007 - 05:43 AM

#20

Number one rule- follow the manufacture's schedule in your manual. :ride: :thumbsup:


Good advice if you are running a stock bike the way it was supposed to be ridden. I'm far away from stock, and ride like a jerk. I don't run synthetic in my dirt machines, because you don't really get the properties of synthetic oils unless you don't change your oil frequently:thumbsup:. I do use Synthetic grease for ALL my machines including my vehicles, and marine toys. I don't even use synthetic in my boat , as you have to change it yearly used or not!
Another argument is the fact most of us are using wet clutches. Go ride a track or tight woods on a hot dusty day and see what your oil looks like. Slipping that clutch contaminates the oil and starts to clog the screens and filter. I prefer to be safe than sorry.
Working in heavy industry I run across this problem frequently. Ingersoll requires you to use their lable oil to keep your warranty. At 6000$ an oil change I sent the oil to the lab. Guess what, I can get the same oil (different manufacturer) for 1500$ an oil change. Once the warrantys are over I wonder what OIL I will use??
I work in the automotive industry, and know first hand how it works. Service parts and work is the big three's most profitable game.





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