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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-26-2019, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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Service Intervals and Road Trips

I bought my 15 RGS early January and it only had 2800 miles on it. The dealership I bought it from (not H-D) said they did an oil change before delivery but didn't to transmission or primary. I've put right about 300 miles on it since I got it and done a few cosmetic upgrades to it and so far I'm super happy with it.

I've got to start traveling for work this coming month and I like to ride if at all possible, it gives me something to look forward to. My concern, and question for the Shark Tank is if I ride it I'll be putting upward of 2k miles on it over the next month. I'll cross the service interval probably by a couple hundred miles. How do you guys/gals deal with situations where you have recommended service during a road trip? I was planning on having a dealership do this service since it came from a shop that doesn't specialize in H-D.

If I was still riding my Heritage I wouldn't have any concerns. I had been through a lot with that bike and it was nothing if not reliable, I just upgraded for the creature comforts and because the RG is a bad ass machine.
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I do the oil service before the trip if it will come along during the trip ..
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If I were you I would do a full service on the bike for piece of mind. While you only have about 3000 miles on the bike it is four years old. I would change all three oils as well as a brake fluid flush. As for the other part of your question if I am on a road trip that is over 5000 miles knowing the bike was serviced before I left off on the trip I just keep a check on the fluid levels and don't worry about running over the service interval by 800 to 1000 miles. Anything over that I stop and have the bike serviced.
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In the aeronautical world normally a 10% delay is allowed for oil changes, I normally stick with that on my bikes too mainly because I use syn3 in all holes.
In case you’re using mineral oil instead, I would then put fresh oil before the trip like others suggested, mineral degrades faster than the semi-synthetic syn3
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You should be OK with a couple hundred miles over on a service interval from a dealership. I would for my peace of mind change all the oils, and hydraulic fluids (Brake and Clutch (if applicable)) then you’re at a known starting point with the bike.


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Thanks everyone! I'll knock out the three-hole oil change as that's simple enough to do in my garage. I'll have to do a bit of research on the brake and hydraulic clutch flush and see if I can knock that out before I head out.
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Thanks everyone! I'll knock out the three-hole oil change as that's simple enough to do in my garage. I'll have to do a bit of research on the brake and hydraulic clutch flush and see if I can knock that out before I head out.
Some of the more informative members say ,if you have abs , it needs to be hooked up to the HD tec. machine to properly bleed the abs brakes.

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Good to know! I just don’t want to take it to the dealership and pay for an all fluid change then have to bring it back for the 5k.


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If I were you I would do a full service on the bike for piece of mind. While you only have about 3000 miles on the bike it is four years old. I would change all three oils as well as a brake fluid flush. As for the other part of your question if I am on a road trip that is over 5000 miles knowing the bike was serviced before I left off on the trip I just keep a check on the fluid levels and don't worry about running over the service interval by 800 to 1000 miles. Anything over that I stop and have the bike serviced.

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Good to know! I just don’t want to take it to the dealership and pay for an all fluid change then have to bring it back for the 5k.


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I agree. You can do all the other fluid changes ,then take it in to have them do the brake flush. Their machine acuates the abs module while in the bleeding process. This gets all the trapped fluid out. By not bleeding the abs brake system properly is what caused the abs system to fail on so many bikes the moco says.
You can also use an indy who has a digital tec machine to do the job if you don't like dealership shops.

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