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 Post subject: OIL CHANGE FREQUENCY
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 5:31 am 
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Topic may have been covered but couldn't find it.

I do everyday commuting and that the motor gets warm in that, always reckoned the oil should get warm and help disperse condensation for motor longetivity between re-bores. Weekends I can ride anything varied from 50 to 800 k rides.

Manual states at 12,000 k intervals (8,000 miles).

I'm going to tend to reduce that, maybe to what i'm used to, perhaps it's just me being used to old Triumphs which frequency was at 5,000 k's (3,000 miles).



Must say the Hornet is a breeze to change the oil i'm using Castrol 10w/40 :love

Sooooooooooo...what frequency are you changing your engine oil and filters?

Convince me i'm not being pedantic :lol


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 Post subject: Re: OIL CHANGE FREQUENCY
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 9:09 am 
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x2 a year for me, , 1 before autumn and 1 before spring !! most guys I know do a change at 3k ,,,

I now use Motorex 10w40 semi with a Hiflo oil filter £26 delivered !!!

I tried the top Castrol oils etc, at like £40 , over the many years , but to be honest I feel and notice no benefit from using oil like Motorex


I strongly believe in "changing oil often " !!!

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 Post subject: Re: OIL CHANGE FREQUENCY
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:39 am 
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Yup, agree. A big fan of oil changes - especially having seen what a lack of them does to (car) engine internals.

Can't really change the oil too often and keeps everything clean and tidy inside.

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 Post subject: Re: OIL CHANGE FREQUENCY
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:54 am 
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I do it once a year in Autumn before winter when it's garaged - and normally I don't do more than 5-6k km per year - been using the Castrol 10w40 mineral but now bought a can of Valvoline full synthetic - no idea if this would make a difference.
I don't understand why they recommend 12k km for an oil change in a high revving engine !


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 Post subject: Re: OIL CHANGE FREQUENCY
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:09 pm 
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for me, a minimum of every 4k if Ive done some very long tours , otherwise if its lots of shorter trips (2-300 mile rides) every 3k, or at least twice a year as suggested ...

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 Post subject: Re: OIL CHANGE FREQUENCY
 Post Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:19 am 
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Every 3 to 4,000 miles and use a good semi synthetic oil. oldgit919


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 Post subject: Re: OIL CHANGE FREQUENCY
 Post Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 9:25 am 
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Makes interesting reading thread...

Currently, I tend to do yearly or whatever service schedule says (not that I do enough miles for that!).

As I don't ride over winter (bike is purely for pleasure these days :angel ) I'm tempted to drain the decent oil at end of season and fill with some sort of Halfrauds cheepo oil just while bikes laid up, then do filter and decent oil at start of next...

This make sense?

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 Post subject: Re: OIL CHANGE FREQUENCY
 Post Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:52 pm 
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Ratty94 wrote:
) I'm tempted to drain the decent oil at end of season and fill with some sort of Halfrauds cheepo oil just while bikes laid up,

This make sense?

Cheers,

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nope ,,,, Not when some decent stuff is just a few quid less !!!! than the Halfords, reclaimed , re-used Comma oil ( that's who supply Halfords oils )

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 Post subject: Re: OIL CHANGE FREQUENCY
 Post Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:51 pm 
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Ratty94 wrote:
As I don't ride over winter (bike is purely for pleasure these days :angel ) I'm tempted to drain the decent oil at end of season and fill with some sort of Halfrauds cheepo oil just while bikes laid up, then do filter and decent oil at start of next...

This make sense?


Why would you? The 'good' oil isn't going to deteriorate in storage. A lot of messing about for no benefit, in my opinion.

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 Post subject: Re: OIL CHANGE FREQUENCY
 Post Posted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 9:05 pm 
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Some good replies. Any bike sitting over time will get condensation in the motor so dumping the oil cheap or not is likely a good idea. All my bikes get an occasional short run when "off the road" to make sure the oil gets a warm, the batteries good, and tyres have air ( never know when you just want to jump on and ride).
Looks like a lot of you park up over winter. In New Zealand we get four seasons in one day weather so ride opportunites are high over winter, just have to watch road conditions ( ice grit, shiny road,wind,etc)
As i started type this the sun was shining and now ( no .. i'm not slow) it's a hail storm out there. Off on a 400k ride ( Poker Run) in an hour so digging out the polarfleeces.

Back on topic i'm going to do 4,000 k changes due to my riding.

A tip i read somewhere with oil changes on the Hornets is before unscrewing the oil filter is to place a sheet of tin foil over the headers and shape it so that the oil runs down into your receptacle and not over the pipes.


Hail shower over :)


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 Post subject: Re: OIL CHANGE FREQUENCY
 Post Posted: Sat Oct 04, 2014 1:32 pm 
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MOUSE2 wrote:

Looks like a lot of you park up over winter. :)


I wish !!! :angel

50 mile a day commute , through , sun , rain , high winds , floods , snow , ice , the lot


Yes I am mad :Bang or is it just plain stupid 8o

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 Post subject: Re: OIL CHANGE FREQUENCY
 Post Posted: Sat Oct 04, 2014 4:13 pm 
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Condensation will only form if you part-warm up a motor and stop so the water vapour hasn't gone anywhere but settled on cooler metal. Hence an issue with very short runs. Noticeable too in exhausts where old steels ones would rust inside out.

I wouldn't bother with foil - it'd probably direct it up my arm or something. Just take care, position a tray in the right place and wipe any oil off the headers - it won't do them any harm at all.

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 Post subject: Re: OIL CHANGE FREQUENCY
 Post Posted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 4:18 am 
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True, a bit of oil spill will slow down any rusting, no rust on my Triumph :)

The Hornet is mostly all plastic but the metal bits on mine have rust with only 20,000 k's on it, fork staunchions and tripple tree and rear footpegs worst ( may have been poorly stored by previous owner).


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 Post subject: Re: OIL CHANGE FREQUENCY
 Post Posted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 7:34 pm 
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Black Dog wrote:
Ratty94 wrote:
As I don't ride over winter (bike is purely for pleasure these days :angel ) I'm tempted to drain the decent oil at end of season and fill with some sort of Halfrauds cheepo oil just while bikes laid up, then do filter and decent oil at start of next...

This make sense?


Why would you? The 'good' oil isn't going to deteriorate in storage. A lot of messing about for no benefit, in my opinion.


That's what I currently do, and prob' continue... :angel

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 Post subject: Re: OIL CHANGE FREQUENCY
 Post Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:38 pm 
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Godwin wrote:
I do it once a year in Autumn before winter when it's garaged - and normally I don't do more than 5-6k km per year - been using the Castrol 10w40 mineral but now bought a can of Valvoline full synthetic - no idea if this would make a difference.
I don't understand why they recommend 12k km for an oil change in a high revving engine !



Hi Godwin, I do mine every 3,000 miles, but that's just me.


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 Post subject: Re: OIL CHANGE FREQUENCY
 Post Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 5:28 pm 
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Not every 3½ years then - post is from Oct 2014 ...

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