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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-19-2017, 10:49 AM
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An engine used for short journeys needs oil & filter changes more frequently, at least once per year & if it is laid up over winter I would change oil & filter before laying up so the bearings are not sitting in contaminated acid & condensation ridden oil for months.

I wouldn't get my bigger bikes out unless I was going to do at least 100 miles. I keep a little XT225 for the bimbling around local & change the oil & filter every 600 miles in that.
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post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-29-2017, 12:52 AM
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I change mineral oils every 6 months or 3000 miles,, with synthetic oil I change every 12 months or 5000 miles, always contact oil manufacturer for their recommendations and adhere to them, remember, bike manufacturers don't make oil, oil companies make oil, that's why I follow their lead
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I'm not Moby, but with 50 years maybe some advice. Any residue, note as moisture, any carbon in micro form, and all acids from internal combustion will damage the metal, and the rubber composite parts in fuel and bearing systems.

I believe that less miles on a change may do more harm than riding. The settled acids have a longer time in one place at rest, and only those specific left in place acids will cause cratering on bearing surfaces.

So, less miles of run time degrades the gas quality, lowers the motor life, and generally clogs up the systems, especially fuel, but oil also. I would rather buy a more regularly ridden and serviced bike than a seldom ridden one. I did do that recently, but paid only the shop cost, that the previous owner paid to have it brought to good shape. Took $1,600. to replace belts, fuel injection, all liquids, radiator flush, corroded electrical parts due to not riding, and leaving with fuel for a couple years, so that was my total cost, bike was not rideable, and he had no desire to do all those $$, and new tires (good rubber, but 6 years old, and hard ) too.

Moral of this, ride it often, there is a maintenance price either way, --- Cal
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I look at oil and filter being the easiest and cheapest part of my motorcycle engine to replace, skipping out on oil changes and filter replacement is about as smart as running tyres through to canvas before replacing,, like riding around on a hand grenade with the pin pulled, at sometime soon it will go bang. I know a bloke in Australia just picked up a 35 year old HD with 4000 miles on it, hasn't been ridden in years so I can only imagine how long it will be before seals, bearings, fuel lines etc all turn to crap...I hope for his sake the previous owner did regular 6 month oil changes, time, I guess will tell.

We only just had the remnants of cyclone Debbie go thru us in past 2 days, but Suns out so back on the bike , probably a few drowned Triumphs about Queensland right now, ride on !!
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I change the oil and filter annually. I have 5 bikes and ride them all, but don't make the recommended mileage for an oil change on any of them. I feel like Its a blessing not to have to change every 3000 miles/ 3 months like the oil change shops recommend for cars.
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