Oil changes

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  1. trez157

    trez157 You can't trust freedom when it's not in your hand

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    How often do you guys change the oil in your bikes? Just curious, since Ive heard anything from 1500 to 5000 miles.
     
  2. TL1000RSquid

    TL1000RSquid ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    I usually do mine every 2k-2500 miles.
     
  3. RexPokinghorn

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    First Oil Change: 750 miles.
    3000 miles from that point on, but I do check the oil every once in awhile to check for abnormalities.
     
  4. oakie

    oakie my ninja.

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    oil and filter every 2k miles. kawi filter, repsol syntetico 4t race oil
     
  5. trez157

    trez157 You can't trust freedom when it's not in your hand

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    Only 3 people on here do their own oil? :hsugh:
     
  6. GCEX

    GCEX Drifting Along

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    Oil & filter every 3000.
     
  7. Esp69st

    Esp69st Who's talking about OIL... bitch you cooking

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    between 2000 to 2500, oil starts to break down after 3000 miles.
     
  8. sofakingraw

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    3000 at the latest, but 2500 miles is the interval I like to hit.
     
  9. The Acclude

    The Acclude Makin' love is cool, but sometimes she needs her h

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    Which oil are you using? Most engine oils are safely being used up to 5000 miles nowadays. I think that "3000 miles addage" that my father taught me is outdated. Not that changing at 3000 miles isn't okay, but I think a lot of people are chaning their oil too much nowadays. My Toyota (car) actually says to change the oil at 5000 miles no matter which oil you use.

    That being said, I'm a hypocrite and change the oil in my bike every 3000 miles.
    :)
     
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  11. sofakingraw

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    I'll put it this way. One of the guys I ride with has 85K on his 02 zx6r and has never had a issue with the motor, and he changes it ever 3500 miles.
     
  12. Esp69st

    Esp69st Who's talking about OIL... bitch you cooking

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    I would say 3500 it's perfect but like I said. Oil starts to break down after 3k miles, so it's up to you from that point on when you want to change it.

    anything under 2000 miles its just ridiculous
     
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    No, seriously, which oil do you use?
     
  14. Esp69st

    Esp69st Who's talking about OIL... bitch you cooking

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    I don't even remember,,, I get whatever they recommend at the dealer.
     
  15. V!

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    I do mine every 3,000 miles
     
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    when i remember, but between 3 and 5k
     
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    after every race weekend
     
  18. oakie

    oakie my ninja.

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    wow! i had no idea petroleum molecules had a self destruct code written in for 3k miles. i wonder how they know you're at 3k miles? telepathy? maybe they have special odometer sensors built into the molecules... but wouldnt that only be synthetics? or would they be able to inject these special "telepathy molecules" into traditional oils during the refining stage?

    so it doesnt matter if i race the bike or putput around town, eh? what about heat? i guess the molecules only track mileage.


    oil breaks down over time. heat increases the breakdown process. higher revving increases friction, generating more heat, further stressing your oil. there are three reasons why oil must be changed... one is to remove the buildup of foreign materials that are usually caught in your filter and hydrocarbons that breakdown the oil; two, used oil is considered "used" due to viscosity breakdown... heat and hydrocarbons have sheared the molecules to the point that it loses its ability to lubricate properly at operating temps (begins to cook off); and three, time has passed where the molecules have broken down on their own, due to the oil's instability plus the presence of hydrocarbon deposits within any motor that has been run for any length of time.
     
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    oh thank god somebody stepped in and said this...
     
  20. V!

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  21. Subie Driver

    Subie Driver Eye see what you did there.

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    For an import bike, you might want to think about changine the oil every 1-2k miles. The imports share oil between the transmission and engine, so you don't get the best oil for each application, but one that's ok for both. And transmissions, with all those whirling gears, break a standard engine oil down much quicker than they would a gear oil. But a gear oil won't work very well with the engine side of the equation. Although with a good synthetic, 3k should be an ok interval.
     
  22. machine81

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    Whatever the engineers who designed the bike wrote in the owner's manual.

    I trust them.
     
  23. XR250rdr

    XR250rdr OT Supporter

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    Very good point.

    Another good point. If the bike has a dry clutch its not as big of a deal.

    I change my oil every 150-300 miles depending on the weather and amount of clutch use.
     
  24. Subie Driver

    Subie Driver Eye see what you did there.

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    I hope you forgot a couple zeros in there, 300 miles between oil changes is a pretty short interval.
     
  25. sofakingraw

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    I could see 300 if it was all on the track, but for street use that is just a waste of time and money.
     

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