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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-08-2012, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Oil Longevity........

So Harley says to change your oil every 5k. Thats fine as it would take me about 5 months to reach 5k {give or Take} I live in Florida so I ride just about every day all year. But what about those folks up North that cant ride during the Winter months. Lets say for arguments sake that it takes almost a year to reach 5k on a bike, How bad would the oil be in the Engine? Would it still be safe to use on a bike? How much viscosity would it have left? Obviously synthetic oil would have the advantage on this as opposed to Dino fluid. Should any type of oil be changed out regardless of miles, If its been almost a year since its last change? Is there a timeline on Oil Life once its poured into the Engine??
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I live in Wisconsin and ride 20-60,000 a year.
oil every 5K Primary every 10K Trans every 20.
The only times I change sooner are extreme condition.
If I ride in a lot of real cool weather longer warms up and lower engine temps will trigger a change sooner.
If I run into a bust time where my rides end up being short and the bike does not get a good run I change sooner.
Many of us that live in the north ride 2-2500 a month.
5K in half a year is not an issue with oil and lube changes unless your trips are short ones then it never gets warm enough long enough to burn off moisture.


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The oil itself is not an issue as it can easily go well past 5k miles and time almost irrelevant as far as breaking down. Moisture would really be the main concern and that can build with a recent oil change under the right conditions. If I were going to let a bike sit I would want to put fresh oil in it to make sure there wasn't moisture sitting in it.
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I live in Wisconsin and ride 20-60,000 a year.
oil every 5K Primary every 10K Trans every 20.
The only times I change sooner are extreme condition.
If I ride in a lot of real cool weather longer warms up and lower engine temps will trigger a change sooner.
If I run into a bust time where my rides end up being short and the bike does not get a good run I change sooner.
Many of us that live in the north ride 2-2500 a month.
5K in half a year is not an issue with oil and lube changes unless your trips are short ones then it never gets warm enough long enough to burn off moisture.
How long of a ride would one have to do to "burn of" any moisture in the oil? I'm guessing outside temps have something to do with it.
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I change my engine oil every 3K, primary and trany at 6K. Probably more than necessary but it is cheep enough to do considering its importance. BTW - I also live in Florida (South Florida) and put around 10-12K per year on my bike. Amsoil 20/50 synthetic in each hole.
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How long of a ride would one have to do to "burn of" any moisture in the oil? I'm guessing outside temps have something to do with it.
My oil temp has to reach 227 to be up to temp ~ I live in St Aug and this takes about 20 minutes or so. With the recent temps I may have to ride 30 minutes ~ 5k on the oil changes/20k on the trany, and usually 20k on the primary.... Rode my last two bikes 160k since 06 with no failure due to lubrication... SemperFi

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my bike temp runs 195-205 since I did cams, dyno tune and Jagg fan assisted oil cooler. Might reach 220 in the summer. Isn;t this good? I don't know much about having to get to higher temps to burn off moisture. I would think cooler oil temps are better. I do change all fluids ay half HD recommendations.

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That low of a temp is acutally bad for your motor. The oil needs to get up to the 230 range to burn off contaminants especially in the winter time. With the colder temps the inside of your engine and transmission will build up condinsation from the cold weather. I used to work about 3 miles from my house. In the winter time I would ride to work and back when the weather was mild enough. By the end of the week I could pull the dipstick and it would look like it was coated with cream cheese. This is the moisture that is mixed in with the oil. Come saturday morning I would take the bike out on a good hour long ride and it would burn off all of the moisture and the oil would look clear again.

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I ride all year

I live in the midwest, and I ride year round. I treat my bikes like I treat my cars. Change the oil on schedule, keep my garage heated at around 50 degrees. I don't winterize any of them although I keep the Dyna and the Cobra on a battery tender, as they are not my primary vehicles in the winter.


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Lots of oil threads in online forums... more so in the winter, it seems.

I ride every day in what has been described as extreme conditions. Though today's pre-dawn ride in 60 was very pleasant...

I change fluids according to the intervals that the moco recommends. Everything is documented. If I encounter a fluid-related problem (never have, so far) it's on them as I followed their service intervals.

Don't spend any time worrying about it. That's just me.


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