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t3mp0r4ry nzr
11th June 2006, 21:34
just getting some idea of oil change intervals. do you change the oil at 5k, 8k, 10k? and do you change the filter at the same time?
cheers

Ixion
11th June 2006, 21:37
On my Suzukis I never change the oil, or filter. Never have for years and tens of thousands of kays, that's Suzuki's for you I guess :rofl:

Gremlin
11th June 2006, 21:39
Mine get done at the 5k service intervals...

When buying the bike, it had 52000 on it, so didn't bother with that 5k, and had one at 59000ish. By 58000 ish, under hard load, I was getting it jumping out of second, after shifting from first, unless I was shifting without the clutch. Also had the odd false neutral.

The service fixed all of that, now it shifts very nicely.

Limb
11th June 2006, 21:40
Every 5k for me

Jantar
11th June 2006, 21:41
At 6000 Km on thre GS1200SS and every 12 months on the RE5.

justsomeguy
11th June 2006, 22:04
Every 3.5-4K's, both oil and filter with semi-synthetic stuff only. Keeps your engine clean and happy.:scooter:

T.W.R
11th June 2006, 22:10
Every 5000km oil/filter or as close as possible. And when getting a new bike 1st job is oil/filter whether it's just been done or not by the previous owner or shop.

VasalineWarrior
11th June 2006, 22:14
3.5 is a bit excessive. Depends on what it is and how you use it. a 250 spinning to 17,000 and getting thrashed everywhere? 5 should be fine. bigger, slower revving bikes, maybe a bit more (6-7k). Oil is cheaper than a new gearbox though, changing oil too frequenly isnt going to hurt.
Change the filter too if your doing the oil, lots of nasties in there.

ZeroIndex
11th June 2006, 22:18
welcome to KB :)
yeah, go with the 5000km or under <-- if you're bored :D

Might see you around hamilton sometime.. what color is 'babyblade'?

SwanTiger
11th June 2006, 22:33
I prefer to do every 4,000km cos I ride like a Nana and treat my bike like its fragile toliet paper.

5,000km is the norm, but for a Honda, use top oil and you'll get away with 6,000km easily, change the filter every 8,000km.

Brian d marge
12th June 2006, 02:53
Race bike using ATF in gearbox , every 2nd meeting

Enfield ...when I feel like it

Truck ....70 000 and still on the same oil ........

most people change oil wayyy to early

Stephen

mjvduc
12th June 2006, 03:44
most of the Europeans stick to the service schedule, 10000km for almost every bike excluding the race bikes. My old monster was on 6000k's as far as I know and my little lady needs a service every 6000k's as well.

never understood why the kiwiworkshops reckon half the manufacturer recommendations, I know you guys doing more short trips but we don't do just long range trips over here and I never had any problems.


mjvduc

DMNTD
12th June 2006, 04:16
I will be changing the oil every 3000-3500kms and filter and oil every 6000kms...
Mind you my bike is a piece of shite so need to help it all I can

t3mp0r4ry nzr
12th June 2006, 06:08
welcome to KB :)
yeah, go with the 5000km or under <-- if you're bored :D

Might see you around hamilton sometime.. what color is 'babyblade'?

I there, glad to be here. White 250rr with the blue and orange to red flames on it from factory with a black blade on it. YOu will see me around man, Ive clocked up 5k in the 3 months Ive owned it. Im always keen for riding so hit me up.

ZeroIndex
12th June 2006, 09:32
I there, glad to be here. White 250rr with the blue and orange to red flames on it from factory with a black blade on it. YOu will see me around man, Ive clocked up 5k in the 3 months Ive owned it. Im always keen for riding so hit me up.
cool.. haven't seen you around.. yet.. dunno if you'd be interested in this? If nothing else is happening this weekend, I'm gonna go (but just for the ride and lunch.. no way am I climbing in freezing cold water): Mid Winter Dip (http://www.kiwibiker.co.nz/forums/calendar.php?do=getinfo&e=878&day=2006-6-18&)

Devil
12th June 2006, 14:23
Triumph service intervals/oil changes etc have shifted to a 10,000km schedule. If its good enough for them, its good enough for me. I'd do what the manual recommends.

ZeroIndex
12th June 2006, 14:32
Triumph service intervals/oil changes etc have shifted to a 10,000km schedule. If its good enough for them, its good enough for me. I'd do what the manual recommends.
yep.. that's the best thing to go by.. they don't write manuals just cause they are completely bored.. no no no, when you're bored, you just type waste-of-time agreements like me on KiwiBiker :D

Flyingpony
12th June 2006, 14:39
Every 3,500 km, both oil & filter.

idb
12th June 2006, 14:42
Every 1,000km for the Darmah with a filter every second change.
Though I might extend that a bit when I'm away of course.

t3mp0r4ry nzr
12th June 2006, 20:43
Every 3,500 km, both oil & filter.
do you think its that necessary to drop the oil so often for such a new bike?? I know suzuki dont make the best engines but it couldnt be that bad, huh??:nya:

Im thinking that I should really go by time rather than km's as synthetic oil kinda goes off after 6months and that would be when protection is reduced. In which case I will be dropping the oil in a couple of months at which point itll be around 8000kms since it was put in.

Motu
13th June 2006, 07:01
I don't think synth ''goes off'',but I change my oil in 4 strokes every 6 mths regardless of km,time is more important than kms.

Flyingpony
13th June 2006, 07:26
do you think its that necessary to drop the oil so often for such a new bike??
As Motu posted, there is a time factor involved too. It is easier for me to remember the next ODO figure to change the oil at rather than which month.

imdying
13th June 2006, 07:55
As Motu posted, there is a time factor involved too. It is easier for me to remember the next ODO figure to change the oil at rather than which month.Every warrant is the easy way :)

race_demon
5th July 2006, 13:07
bikes got no speedo so i donno how many but its 2 stroke but i forevr changine the gear oil (now and then) cus my water pump seals have gone so after a while it goes whitish (not really bad and no complaints yet) dont you hate it when the idiots right (he told me it was my water pump)

Macktheknife
5th July 2006, 13:30
About every 5-7 thousand Kms, and filters. I like to keep the oil fresh and the bike seems to like it too.

"D" FZ1
5th July 2006, 13:34
Stick to what your service manual states. All brands are different.Some 5ks, some 6ks, some 10ks. Most say to change the filter every 2nd oil change but I always change the filter every time I change the oil. Cheap insurance.

Lou Girardin
5th July 2006, 14:32
5000 - 6000 km's. Synthetic only and a new filter.