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Old 03-01-2017, 03:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dear MOby,

I just saw your answer regards oil change. My manual says that I need to change oil every 3000 miles. But I only ride about 1000 miles per year (very short commute). By the book, I need to perform oil change every three years. Do I really need to change oil every year? Is it okay to change oil every three years, just because I donít ride that much?

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PS: Just to make myself comfortable, I do oil change once a year.
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Old 03-02-2017, 07:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Change that oil!! There are additives in oil to help with lubrication and keeping those HOG belly's clean. Heat breaks down those added things. So, to be safe.... just change it.
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Change that oil!! There are additives in oil to help with lubrication and keeping those HOG belly's clean. Heat breaks down those added things. So, to be safe.... just change it.
lol,,, Your first post is on a oil thread.
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Oil does more than keep the engine cool, it lubricates and cleans.
With that amount of annual mileage, that's a lot of time that the bike sits with condensation, minute debris, corrosive 'stuff' in it's belly.
Low mileage engines need oil changes as much, if not more, than high mileage engines.

Change the oil. You will never hurt an engine by changing the oil 'too much'.
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Only 1000 miles a year? I would suggest putting on more miles yearly so the question doesn't even need to be asked. Hell, a couple of times I've changed oil twice in a month.
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IMO, most Harley riders go waaaay overboard on the whole oil issue. Once a year at 1000 miles is more than good. No need for syn either.
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Oil does more than keep the engine cool, it lubricates and cleans.
With that amount of annual mileage, that's a lot of time that the bike sits with condensation, minute debris, corrosive 'stuff' in it's belly.
Low mileage engines need oil changes as much, if not more, than high mileage engines.

Change the oil. You will never hurt an engine by changing the oil 'too much'.

Oil keeps the engine cool? As in reducing friction, or by carrying away heat?
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Oil keeps the engine cool? As in reducing friction, or by carrying away heat?
My oil is cool because I use bad-ass oil that comes in a chrome can.
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My oil is cool because I use bad-ass oil that comes in a chrome can.
I know where you can get some chrome oil for it:

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Water from humidity can gather inside a motor. Motor oil is slightly hygroscopic and attracts it. You should at least start her up every so often and let her get to operating temp (250+) so the water boils off.
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Oil keeps the engine cool? As in reducing friction, or by carrying away heat?
Both!
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Yes! It is cheap insurance. If you do your own, it is like $25-$35 depending on what you run. You spend $20K up on a bike, it is worth the insurance to get the moisture and dirt out of the engine.
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Both!
Oil is a poor cooling medium. It's better than nothing, and as the MoCo uses it, it gives good service moving very high levels of heat away from poorly cooled components.

If you were to take a water based coolant system and replace it with an oil based system, there would need to be an almost 100% increase in capacity.

As an example, mineral oil transfers heat less efficiently than Portland cement. Mineral oil has a thermal conductivity [W/(m.K)] of 10 to the power of -1. Or closer to foam insulation than it is to water.
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Cool

Gotta admit , the oil draining from the heads does carry away some heat. It is the hottest part of an air-cooled motor. Some engines used drainage restrictors to slow the flow , so the oil could soak up some heat and carry it away. Not too efficient , but like ya said , better than nothing.
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