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Old 07-19-2012, 01:20 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Agreed (Michael)! But there's still the issue of her NOT approving of me going by myself .
No, your not......I mean...it's only........but.... Ohhhhhhhhh never mind...
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Old 07-19-2012, 04:48 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Your first oil change is to flush out contaminants from manufacturing and wear flakes from parts mating together. The majority of mating of parts should be completed by 500 miles. I have had 6 new harleys since evo days, I ride a lot and dont want to have the oil changed on the road, so I do the initial oil change when it is convenient between 300 and 600 miles. I have put well over 100k on some of these bikes without any issue oil related issues.
I know what the manual says. It is a guideline of recommendations but you can use common sense also.
I also dont change the oil by the book. If i am on the road I dont have it changed, I like to do it myself. I have often been almost double what the book recommends. Hiway riding with little stop and go does not contaminate the oil like short bar hopping trips.
Again , use a little common sense.
Agree with everything here with expection to double what the book recommends. Personally, i think it's better to do the first oil change at 500 rather than 1000.
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:49 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Wrong! Read your manual. 1000 miles is the first oil change.
Ya, but I did it at 500, just the engine.


When I bought my 07, I was planning a trip to MT. I figured 5k miles would let me know if it was road worthy. 4500 miles and three weeks it was in the shop, cause it bucked, shaked, and pinged.

Lots of people roll the dice with less miles, and it is not the end of the world, just have to get it towed or sit in a motel while it is fixed.

Cell phone mechanics should realize, MT is not the place for them.
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:35 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Ya, but I did it at 500, just the engine.


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Cell phone mechanics should realize, MT is not the place for them.
what do ya mean? only 2 days across the state lengthwise,one day wide,and we have 5 dealerships! what more could you want? you're never more then 300 miles from one.
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Old 08-10-2012, 11:25 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I say change the oil out early and get your ass out on the roads. the Beartooth pass from Red Lodge to Cooke City or visa versa will give you a little to talk about. I ride all over this great state. Roads are good in the east but great riding all over. Not much Interstate and for the most part just stay off it. They don't call it "Big Sky Country" for nothing...goldie
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Old 08-11-2012, 06:58 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Does anyone know if the MoCo uses any additives in the factory fill oil? A lot of car companies do, and draining it early is no necessarily a good thing.
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Old 08-11-2012, 09:15 AM   #22 (permalink)
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If you haven't already left yet, I'd get close to the 1000 and then use some AMSOil in it. If not AMSOil maybe the Harley Syn1 but I'm now a believer in the AMSOil for my 3 bikes.

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Old 08-11-2012, 10:22 AM   #23 (permalink)
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what more could you want? you're never more then 300 miles from one.
I meant there are places with no cell coverage. You got guys who say I don't need tools, I got a cell phone, but they don't realize there are lots of places in this country that don't have cell coverage.
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Old 08-11-2012, 06:59 PM   #24 (permalink)
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If you haven't already left yet, I'd get close to the 1000 and then use some AMSOil in it. If not AMSOil maybe the Harley Syn1 but I'm now a believer in the AMSOil for my 3 bikes.

Ride safe & have fun!

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Nope...decided to hold off on the Montana trip until next year....I've got nearly 1000 miles on it now so it's getting close to time to change it anyway.

Thanks (everyone) for all the suggestions!!!
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:53 AM   #25 (permalink)
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just ride it around the block 500 times...good ta go.....p.s. some might take me seriously!!
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:29 PM   #26 (permalink)
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posted to the wrong forum...reposting where more appropriate.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:08 PM   #27 (permalink)
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IMHO, and I don't know much, after the first 1000 miles you could do a round trip on syn oil without changing. And make sure your insurance package includes towing. More importantly, you might have an easier safer trip in late spring, if you get my drift. Get it? Drift.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:31 PM   #28 (permalink)
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With respect, I'd be more concerned about freezing to death this time of year. You were wise to put it off.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:28 PM   #29 (permalink)
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This was posted last July. WTF is it back up here again?
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:40 PM   #30 (permalink)
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EXCUSE ME, Dan.... I was posting an update from my ankle replacement surgery on Friday, then deleted the post as I stated in my last post here to put it in "off-topic".

Too much caffeine today???
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