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Changed oil and filter today on my '02 and there was quite a bit of metal on the filter. It was the first filter change and the second oil change since bought.I crashed 4 days after buying the "Beast" and broke my leg so I have not rode alot (maybe 20-25hrs.).I have not raced the bike and most of my riding has been in woods and hills and some jumps on my farm. I`ve had no problems with the motor but my clutch has been a little tempermental from time to time. I`m new to this bike but I`ve been riding since age 6 when dad came home with a Honda 50 in 1969.Oh well, back to the metal, could it be clutch stuff or what?

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It is completely normal to have shavings in the filter. It should diminish over time.

I notice that you said you have 20-25 hours and this is only your second oil change. I would recommend changing your oil more often than that. Oil is life for these bikes. I change mine every other ride and clean/change the filter every other oil change. It is cheap insurance. :)

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Thanks for the good news! I figured there would be some shavings but i wondered if i had too much. I agree about changing more often ,between the leg and work , my riding has been pretty laim. I`ll ride maybe 30min. to 1hr. each ride with maybe 1 or 2 exceptions. Just put a DR.D hot start on yesterday, I like it. I have a brand new TerryCable hot start for a `02 426 still in the package i need to sale. I ordered it from White Bros. 5 months ago and then i saw the DR.D and liked it better.

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Tony Id check your clutch basket and hub if your worried about excessive material in the filter. I used to get a ton of crap in the filter. Then totally by accident I noticed my clutch hub was flopping around like a fish outa water. My clutch always did act strangely, but I had no frame of reference because I bought the bike used, and it always worked that way. At any rate, I changed the hub and basket with Hinson units, and now I get much much less stuff in the filter.

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Get a magnetic drain plug also. At first it will be loaded with shavings, etc. After 3 or 4 oil changes it will have a minimal amount of gunk. I also concur you should be changing the oil more frequently than twice in 20-25 hours. Do the filter atleast every 4 oil changes and you'll have a happy Blue Baby...

PK

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