I'm looking forward to seeing the effect of this filter, I change the oil at about 800 mile intervals and it is jet black when it comes out. Can I expect that to change?
Mmmm ... 800 miles seems quite quick for oil to go very black? However, depends what's causing it for the filter to make a visible
difference - aiui, it's particles in the 15-30 micron range that do the most wear, so filter makers aim to remove this (and anything bigger, obviously). Otoh, if what's causing the oil to go black is even tinier particles of, say, carbon, they likely aren't doing any damage but the filter won't make a difference.
Aside, another aspect is 'cake filtration', where the filtration actually improves after the element's accumulated some particles, as the trapped particles reduce the size of the holes in the filter element, so more and smaller particles are trapped ... I suspect the trick is to know when the trapped particles are starting to reduce the flow through the filter ...
Aside2, once you've run with the filter in the oil, if you still aren't happy with how quickly it darkens, have you considered sending off a sample to one of the engineering labs. for analysis? Not sure what the fee'd be but, depending, you might consider any returned information more valuable?
Certainly when Triumph was making tens of thousands of motorcycles a year and wanted as few warranty problems as possible, it's perhaps instructive that, when the triples were introduced, with the micropore filter as standard, their recommended oil change interval was 4,000 miles; same oils certainly as the twins, recommended oil change interval 1,500 miles ...
new hose is reinforced; you can't squeeze it flat between thumb 'n' forefinger?
I just assumed that the hose which Andy provided in the kit is up to the job.
It most-likely is. Just, having been caught out in the past by a DPO fitting unreinforced hose (to the T160 I bought second-hand),
I thought I'd ask the question ... on the basis that the stupidest question is the one not asked ...