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PostSubject: Miles between oil changes   Miles between oil changes I_icon_minitimeMon Aug 26, 2013 5:26 pm

I was wondering how often does everyone change their oil? I know what the manual says but that is going by using the cheap stuff.
I use full synthetic down here in the hot and humid Florida weather and I am looking for feedback from anyone that lives in a warm climate and uses their scoot daily. I put about 300-400 miles a week on my bike.

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PostSubject: Re: Miles between oil changes   Miles between oil changes I_icon_minitimeMon Aug 26, 2013 5:50 pm

Like you I use the best synthetic. I put 60,000+ miles on my Goldwing. Just traded it in on my 2012 S-wing. G wing still ran great & never use a drop of oil. I changed oil every spring. After a couple oil changes on the Swing I'll do the same. I know a few will disagree. It works for me. harley
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PostSubject: Re: Miles between oil changes   Miles between oil changes I_icon_minitimeMon Aug 26, 2013 6:21 pm

I believe the book says 7K between changes after break-in. I prefer 3K or so and I don't use synthetic. Good quality dino oil and new filter. My scoot gets mostly highway miles so that is my 2 cents.
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PostSubject: Re: Miles between oil changes   Miles between oil changes I_icon_minitimeMon Aug 26, 2013 9:51 pm

The book does say 7000, with todays engineered oils that mileage is no problem at all, If you use a good synthitic, you can easily go to 10,000 using a good filter, not a cheap one. Just be sure to check the oil level often. IMO 3000 is very old school and not called for anymore, again IMO
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PostSubject: Re: Miles between oil changes   Miles between oil changes I_icon_minitimeTue Aug 27, 2013 12:16 am

10,000 miles
- change full synthetic + filter
- front tire
- gear oil
- check coolant

3000 miles
- clean air filter
- check/adjust gap spark plug

I am 30,000 miles on 1st belt (lucky) I think the 145/70/13 rear tire has something to do with that. But I am changing because the age of the belt '06. Me crazy but not stupid.

P.S. I didn't know that brake fluid "sucks" in water through condense on the lines and it becomes inefficient with time.

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PostSubject: Re: Miles between oil changes   Miles between oil changes I_icon_minitimeTue Aug 27, 2013 11:39 am

Generally change my oil/filter twice a year - midseason and just before storage using JASO dino motorcycle oil 10W-40 and hi-flo filters - that works out to between 3 - 4k miles on my SW [have another scoot which I ride about the same miles]. Also, change the drive oil each season just to make sure it is clean - I had an earlier issue where the recommended Honda oil came out looking separated as an oil/clear mix. After a few quick changes with Shell Rotella everything has been fine, but I keep checking more often than the manual recommends. So far there has been no oil usage of leaks.

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PostSubject: Re: Miles between oil changes   Miles between oil changes I_icon_minitimeSun Sep 22, 2013 2:05 pm

I ran my last dino change to nearly 6K. Oil still looked great, I used a Honda OEM filter. Just changed to a full synthetic so we shall see!

RickV funny you should make that comment about your final drive oil... Mine came out the same way, kinda gray/ clear and cruddy at 3K or so. And Honda says change every two years? Think mine will get changed once a year too.
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