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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-01-2014, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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I'm an idiot!

Didn't realize you are supposed to change the oils in the fall when you put the bike away for the winter vs. change in the spring before the riding season starts. Hopefully it's not an issue. I've never done it that way with any of my bikes, and I've never had any issues, but the HD dealer scolded me yesterday! Now I know!


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You should be good I wouldn't sweat it.


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That"s nothing worthy of a scolding.
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It's not like you stored the bike for a few years. ..... even though with the way this winter is going it may be... you'll be ok.

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I'd rather change in the spring..otherwise,the oil sitting in the bike all winter would age,like oil sitting on a shelf.

Dealer scolded you cause that's less money he got in the fall


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As a general rule, never believe anything you hear from a dealer until you realize that everything they say is meant to separate you from some of your money. Period.

I said as a general rule. There are always exceptions, and when you find them, cherish them.

Here is a fer instance...

When I was looking for my Road Glide, I found two locally. Both the same color, one a 2008, one a 2009. I tested the 2009 to death. The sales guy was very accomodating. The day before I decided to pull the string, I found one hell of a deal on Craigslist. Problem was, it was in Milwaukee and I live outside of St. Louis. I took the Craigslist ad to the dealer, and said that "in all fairness, I have to show you this". It was also a 2009, at $1700 less than their asking price, and included a Tour Pak. Note: I had already bought one bike from this guy, so we knew each other.

Sales guy took the ad back to the closer dude (the one who does all the paperwork). Both came out and said this... "Dude, you gotta go get this, there is no way we can touch this deal, we just have too much
into our bike". They have been my favorite dealership ever since.

OBTW, this is what I ended up with, from Craigslist, 3 years and 60,000 miles ago....



As for the oil, don't sweat it, just make sure you get fresh in before you ride. Depending on the mileage, you might want to consider all three holes (crankcase, primary, transmission).
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I'd rather change in the spring..otherwise,the oil sitting in the bike all winter would age,like oil sitting on a shelf.

Dealer scolded you cause that's less money he got in the fall
I've never heard of oil "ageing" sitting on a shelf . Not saying it does or doesn't but never heard that before and have to question where you got that info from?

No matter when you change your oil someone will tell you that you changed it at the wrong time. I personally change mine in the fall because I don't want dirty oil sitting in my motor all winter. My cousin changes his in the spring because he doesn't want oil with condensation in it when he starts riding in the spring(I have a heated garage so no worries their for me). Do what works for you and call it good.

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It is best to change the oil before storage because of the acids that are in the oil. The acids are a result of the engine running and exhaust gasses getting into the oil.
The biggest reason for condensation in the engine oil as a result of storage comes from running the engine in cold weather, the heating and cooling will result in condensation build up.
The best thing to do when storing the bike is to leave it alone and don't start it until you take your first spring ride. JMO


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And in reality, it makes no dam difference at all, when you change the oil

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I too change my oil in spring,ride the bike for about 20-30 miles come home and change it,it is like the others have said do what works for you.My last RG had 60,000 miles on it when i upgraded to a SE cam plate and oil pump,cam chest was spotless,my 93 FXR has 72,000 on it with out any major issues,other than base gaskets leaking at 55,000 miles,that motor was also clean when i pulled the top end off.

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