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Old 04-17-2015, 10:30 AM   #1
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Eek Should I change my oil?

Hey guys,

I changed my oil last August 1 2014. I put in 10w40 Amsoil synthetic. I didn't do much riding after that and stored the bike.

I just took my bike out and started riding again, the oil in there only has 1600 km on it since the last change.

Should I change the oil or still keep riding on the oil that's in there?

Feels like a bit of a waste.

Or another option is keep the filter on there and just change out the oil for some fresh one.

What do you think?
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Old 04-17-2015, 10:44 AM   #2
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I wouldn't

I'm no kind of expert on the subject of oil, but I wouldn't worry about changing the oil yet. As long as there is sufficient oil on the dipstick, and it isn't extremely dark or foul-smelling, the oil should be fine.

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Old 04-17-2015, 10:46 AM   #3
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It doesn't smell and looks clean, still a golden color.
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Old 04-17-2015, 01:00 PM   #4
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Old 04-17-2015, 05:19 PM   #5
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I have a 72 XS650 that was owned by a Amsoil dealer. He put the oil in 15 years ago before storing the bike.

Every time he mowed the lawn, he would give the kickstarter a few kicks to move the oil around.

It was still like honey when I drained it to remove the starter.
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Old 04-18-2015, 02:00 AM   #6
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agreed you are good. just put the usual miles on her and change it then.
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Old 04-18-2015, 04:03 AM   #7
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I know some drive themselves mad each fall....

"should I change the oil now, so the bike sleeps with nice clean oil all winter...... but then it will be "old" come spring.... or somehow be damaged from just sitting in the cold. One fellow I know I think secretly changes it in the fall and again in the spring... without riding a mile on it.

What a bunch of crap. Unless it sat outside with the oil cap off it's a non-factor.

It's not that big of deal.
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Old 04-18-2015, 08:51 AM   #8
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The reason to change your oil is to remove the moisture that may have accumulated over the winter if improperly stored. I doubt that is your case.

That said, there is another way to remove the moisture, do as others have said and ride it. Any moisture that may be in the oil will vaporize and escape as the engine warms to operating temperature. Note, I mentioned operating temperature, just starting it and letting it idle will not do it, it needs to get hot.

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Old 04-21-2015, 08:35 PM   #9
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I've often wondered why, when you buy oil, the bottle doesn't have a "best before" date on it. But as soon as you put it in the engine it's doomed to failure within just a few months. What's up with that?
I know, I know' you're all going to tell me it gets contaminated with the products of combustion (acids) that break down the long molecule chains and the oil degrades.
Well, I've told this story before on this forum, but I know a guy who knows a guy who works in an automotive shop. He rides some sort of big Honda cruiser, and rides it quite well at that. Takes it places off road you wouldn't expect a bike like that could go.
Anyway, he takes the oil changed out of cars, runs it through a coffee filter and then uses it in his bike. Oh my lord you say, how could he? But he has over 200k km on that engine changing oil maybe twice a season.
Why fret about oil, just ride her and don't worry so much. It's only a thing! Have fun and enjoy the journey, and if you get to your destination at least you'll have a story to tell.
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Old 04-24-2015, 07:44 AM   #10
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What does the manual say.....
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