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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 04-25-2001, 05:12 AM
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Every 2000-2500 miles.
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I go 3,000 on average but I also put 15 to 20,000 miles on per year. On a really long trip, up to 10,000 miles, I wouldn't worry about changing oil for the duration of the trip, but on the other hand, if I was putting on low mileage with many cold starts or short trips (under 10 miles), I would change it much more frequently, maybe 1,000 or so.

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I may be considered a little anal about this, but as a weekend-only rider I go through at least a 30 minute inspection/warm-up procedure prior to every ride. Check tires, pressure, critical suspension bolt torque, chain condition inspect/adjust, oil & fluid levels, brake pads, etc. Only then can I relax & go. Having experienced first-hand the bad things that can happen when a component fails unexpectedly, I won't do any less.

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I try to change mine every 2500 but I usually stretch it close to 3000. I put about 8000 miles on average per year on my bikes. I'm pretty weird I guess you could say because I've had 6 sportbikes in 4 years and I've ended up either selling them or trading them in as soon as they hit 18,000 miles. I won't be doing this with my 748 though. Right now it only has 1600 on it and i think I'll be keeping it to go in my collection

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oh yeah, the oil...

No more than 2,000 miles between changes.

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I change my oil/filter every 3000 kms (1875 miles, I think) at the most. Just did change number 8 on my 'Blade on Monday. Just over 10,000 miles on her now.

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Oil? Wazzat??

I voted for 3000 miles but that isn't strictly true. For my wannabe sportbike Gold Wing 3000 miles works out ok. But for my baby Ninja... well, it kinda depends on what I've been doing with it. Lots of track time = lots of oil changes without even paying attention to the amount of miles... but sure is much less than 1000 between changes. But, if I have a somewhat boring summer and just play squidley on the local roads I might let it go until between 2000 and 3000 miles depending on how lazy I feel. But then, I get kinda nervous about oil with the high revving Ninja's engine, and keep a close eye on the level and how dirty it looks in the sight glass. It scares me a bit to think of that little motor banging off the rev limiter at 15000rpm with less than relatively clean oil in it.

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Unfortunately I beat the piss out of my bike whenever I get the chance. So every 2,000 miles for me.

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Talking !! Metric !!

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Metric system - you know you want to

I change every 5000km, fairly religeously; our fuel over here has all kinds of tasty carcinogens and crap like sulfur in it. It'll go black in 500km of hard riding, but if you use the good stuff it should be changed by 5000km.

For those inside the continental United States, that's about 3000 miles, give or take.

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