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Old 12-07-2012, 11:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Looking for opinions - Change oil for winter storage?

Hi all,

Looking for some opinions. My T100 is only a couple months old, break in oil was changed at about 800km and there is now 2300km on the clock.
Would you change the oil again for winter storage? The oil in it has only 1500km on it.
I'd prefer the clean oil but just not sure that it's worth the expense.
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Question how much is your motor worth ?

By changing the oil now you get rid of the acids in the existing oil and have fresh to go in the spring. Also put Stabil in the gas tank before you drain the oil and run the motor.
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My thought was that with only 1500km on the oil it had very little contaminants in it.
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I agree... small investment in the long run to change it. I put Sea Foam in the tank, run the bike, change the oil (& filter, if there is one), drain carb bowls, spray fogging oil in the spark plug holes for a count of 10, pump kickstart through a couple times to spread the fogging oil. Remove battery and put it on a tender indoors.

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How long is your winter storage period?

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Old 12-07-2012, 01:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I know what you mean, Canuck T. 4 L of full synthetic can cost $80 up here, and who wants to throw money away? Still the consensus is, clean oil in the crankcase when the bike is going to sit.
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She will likely be stored until late March tripleS.

Nice day today, 5c, but rain and snow for the weekend. Took advantage of it, went for what could be the last ride of the season. Stopped at my dealer and bought a filter and 4 litres of Spectro Golden4 20w50. $52 for the oil Steve, this stuff is a blend. I questioned the service dept. and that's what they've been using for years.

Rode for over an hour around town, didn't see another bike, wow, a bit surprising.

So bottom line is, I'll go ahead and change it out, don't want to leave her sitting with dirty panties.
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1500 miles feels a lot prior to winter storage, then again I change my oil every 2000 miles.
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Hi all,

Looking for some opinions. My T100 is only a couple months old, break in oil was changed at about 800km and there is now 2300km on the clock.
Would you change the oil again for winter storage? The oil in it has only 1500km on it.
I'd prefer the clean oil but just not sure that it's worth the expense.
Generally accepted that to get out all the old oil will take at least 2 changes. If you do a filter and oil change there will still be .7 of alitre of the old oil in the motor.
The modern lubes are meant to last, so either way youll be fine. just go with the heart, they are still printing $!
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Question how much is your motor worth ?

By changing the oil now you get rid of the acids in the existing oil and have fresh to go in the spring. Also put Stabil in the gas tank before you drain the oil and run the motor.
I guess you meant drain and re-fill with oil before running the engine (the way I read it it sounded like indicated running with no oil).

The problem is if you run the engine after you've put new oil in it won't be new any longer and as the engine will be running cold the level of containments will be higher than if the last ride was 50 miles of fully warmed riding. Likewise the level of water in the exhaust.
I'd advise never running the engine once stored I don't see any benefit and plenty of downsides.

Personally I'd not bother changing reasonably new oil for a short storage but as you will have to do it sometime next year why not?

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