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Old 08-31-2018, 11:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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OK...here's the deal. I changed my oil and filter last October just before I put my bike away. I run Mobil 1 V-Twin 20w 50. My work requires me to travel, so I'm GONE somewhere away from home M-F, and then having to relocate from Ohio to Nebraska for a job promotion, I rode my bike less than 1,000 miles this year. Would you STILL change the oil before putting the bike away, or would you just ride it another season and change it next fall. Like I said, because of work, even next fall I probably still won't have 4,000 miles on the oil after two years. I just hate to throw away $40 worth of oil when it has less than 1,000 miles on it. Seems such a needless thing to do. If Mobil ! is supposed to be that good (and I believe it is, that's why I use it) can't it go two seasons and be OK? Welcome your thoughts......
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Don't do it. Change the oil (all of them) AT LEAST once per year.

Especially if you don't put many miles on the bike, which probably means several short trips which allow moisture and contaminants to build up and sit in the oil.

If your bike sits in an unconditioned space it probably goes through lots of temp / humidity changes which also cause condensation to gather.
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I'll say it again.

Change it.* Why let all those contaminants sit?
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OK...here's the deal. I changed my oil and filter last October just before I put my bike away. I run Mobil 1 V-Twin 20w 50. My work requires me to travel, so I'm GONE somewhere away from home M-F, and then having to relocate from Ohio to Nebraska for a job promotion, I rode my bike less than 1,000 miles this year. Would you STILL change the oil before putting the bike away, or would you just ride it another season and change it next fall. Like I said, because of work, even next fall I probably still won't have 4,000 miles on the oil after two years. I just hate to throw away $40 worth of oil when it has less than 1,000 miles on it. Seems such a needless thing to do. If Mobil ! is supposed to be that good (and I believe it is, that's why I use it) can't it go two seasons and be OK? Welcome your thoughts......
At least change the oil in the crankcase. Your primary and tranny should be fine. Even though you are using an oil you have a lot of confidence in doesn't mean it is good at fighting rust and the effects of too much moisture. Some oils like Amsoil actually boost the rust inhibitors added to the formulation to guard against acids and mositure. Not sure if Mobil does or not.
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I would change the oil,,, but I would do it in the spring,,, before I stsrt riding,,, after starting the engine ad thoroughly warming it...

Short trips and low miles add more contaminants thsn long rides and high miles..
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Don't do it. Change the oil (all of them) AT LEAST once per year.

Especially if you don't put many miles on the bike, which probably means several short trips which allow moisture and contaminants to build up and sit in the oil.

If your bike sits in an unconditioned space it probably goes through lots of temp / humidity changes which also cause condensation to gather.

Saved me some typing ..
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Now I'm totally confused on what to do......LOL. Half of the people I've asked, including several HD wrenches, say it's perfectly fine to go another year, and the rest of you say, NO!, change it!! As I said, the oil will have less than 1200 miles on it, and looks like it just came out of the bottle, but it WILL be almost two years old by this time next year. I'm leaning towards just letting it go another season. Thanks, one and all.
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FWIW I consider oil changing cheap insurance. Yeah, likely no harm if you don't change it but peace of mind if it is changed, at least the engine oil. I wouldn't worry about changing the transmission though. I'd prolly change the primary oil too, butt dat's jus' me....
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Already changed the primary and tranny, when I changed the engine oil.
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Update: I have a few friends that are into cars. You know, the classic '60's hot rod stuff. One owns a '67 Camaro. One has a '69 Dodge Super Bee. Engines are built STRONG. They probably have $30-40,000 in those cars. Seriously, the classic car world is crazy! They drive them "maybe" 100 miles per year. Just to car shows and things like that. Anyway, they run a good synthetic oil, and tell me they don't change it for 2-3 years, and they baby these cars to death. So, if they feel comfortable going that long, I do too. With only 1200 miles on my oil change, and even though it's been a year, I'm leaving mine in for another season.
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What you found is that there is no "right" answer to a question of opinions.
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Update: I have a few friends that are into cars. You know, the classic '60's hot rod stuff. One owns a '67 Camaro. One has a '69 Dodge Super Bee. Engines are built STRONG. They probably have $30-40,000 in those cars. Seriously, the classic car world is crazy! They drive them "maybe" 100 miles per year. Just to car shows and things like that. Anyway, they run a good synthetic oil, and tell me they don't change it for 2-3 years, and they baby these cars to death. So, if they feel comfortable going that long, I do too. With only 1200 miles on my oil change, and even though it's been a year, I'm leaving mine in for another season.
Do what you want with your bike, but don't base your oil change regime on the classic car crowd. I have worked this industry for years and have found that most of them care more about chrome than the inside of their engines.
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Glad I decided NOT to change my oil this fall. Here is the UOA from a friend of mine who has run this oil, Mobil One V-Twin 20w 50, for two years already and now plans on running it a couple thousand miles more. Mobil One is good stuff...
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Update: I have a few friends that are into cars. You know, the classic '60's hot rod stuff. One owns a '67 Camaro. One has a '69 Dodge Super Bee. Engines are built STRONG. They probably have $30-40,000 in those cars. Seriously, the classic car world is crazy! They drive them "maybe" 100 miles per year. Just to car shows and things like that. Anyway, they run a good synthetic oil, and tell me they don't change it for 2-3 years, and they baby these cars to death. So, if they feel comfortable going that long, I do too. With only 1200 miles on my oil change, and even though it's been a year, I'm leaving mine in for another season.
Do what you want with your bike, but don't base your oil change regime on the classic car crowd. I have worked this industry for years and have found that most of them care more about chrome than the inside of their engines.
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Howdy George. I just bought Mobile 1 for $10.49 qt plus tax. Thought I would try syn for a change. How does your price stack up against Advance's price?
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Wow. 6286 miles in 3 1/2 years. He's good for another 2 years.

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