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Oil change schedule

Postby JDMAG » Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:13 am



I change the oil in my truck religiously at 3000 miles. And chastise my girlfriend and son when they don't with their vehicles. At what mileage should I do this on my 80 GL1100I?



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Re: Oil change schedule

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:48 am

I do my four-wheeled vehicles at 3500 miles, and my bikes at 3000 miles.

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Re: Oil change schedule

Postby JDMAG » Mon Oct 14, 2013 11:04 am

ok.So I'm good! no new umbers to remember!

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Re: Oil change schedule

Postby bjatwood » Mon Oct 14, 2013 12:14 pm

The owner's manual will more than double that suggested number. I change mine when it gets a bit tricker to find neutral. Which is right around 6K~ish miles

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Re: Oil change schedule

Postby bstig60 » Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:28 pm

I think 3000 miles it a good place to change oil and filter. I use full synthetic oil and can probably go longer, but I just feel better changing at 3K. Exception: if I am on a longer trip than that, I will wait until I get home as long as it isn't too much over. This old bike has to last me a long time, so I gotta take care of her.
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Re: Oil change schedule

Postby Fiberthree » Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:49 am

Another full synthetic user here and I change mine at 5000. That is when I notice a slight change in the color of the oil.
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Re: Oil change schedule

Postby JDMAG » Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:48 am

I work on machinery for a living, and preach preventive maintenance. To me, changing the oil sooner than recommended is no problem. 3000 wont be an issue.

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Re: Oil change schedule

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:56 am

Fiberthree wrote:Another full synthetic user here and I change mine at 5000. That is when I notice a slight change in the color of the oil.


Oil in motorcycles does not last nearly as long as it does in cars, mainly because of the wet clutch and transmission. We tend to think of motor oil as "dirty" and in need of a change when it looks black, because it has lots of carbon deposits suspended in it. A motorcycle may well wear the oil out before a lot of deposits have been suspended in it, so it "looks" clean - even though its lubricating qualities have been significantly degraded.

Unlike a car, the engine oil in a motorcycle also lubricates the wet clutch as well as the transmission. The way these things operate tends to shear the molecule chains that give the oil its lubricating qualities - but the physical appearance of the oil is unchanged. That's why motorcycle oil change periods are so much shorter than they are in a car.

Synthetic oil is more resistant to this shearing, and will last a bit longer, but still nowhere near as long as it will in a car.

Have a read through All About Motor Oil, it's a really well-written article.

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Re: Oil change schedule

Postby jeffcosmo » Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:02 pm

Call me pragmatic, or just lazy, but I like to change the oil at 5,000 mile intervals, which are dead easy to remember. When the odo is at XX5,000; or X10,000; it's time to change. Plus I use synthetic in those vehicles that do not use a lot of oil (my Falcon is the exception, it likes the 10W-40 dino stuff)

The 'new' Wing?? I'm waiting to see if it uses any oil.

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Re: Oil change schedule

Postby artgrantz » Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:22 am

My Pontiac tells me when the oil needs to be changed, usually around 7 or 8 thousand miles.
The GL1800 owners manual lists 8,000 mile intervals between oil changes, and that would be with dino oil. If it's good enough for the company warranting the vehichle, it's good enough for me. I have been using Mobil 1 but am thinking of trying Rotella synthetic due to the good things said about it on this forum.
I ride about 30,000 miles per year. Every GoldWing that I have owned has had over 150,000 miles on it when I sold it and none have had any oil related issues.
I'm not trying to change anyone's mind here, just answering the OP.

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Re: Oil change schedule

Postby redial » Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:34 pm

Of course, oil does not wear out, it also ages. For those in the frigid countries, where you are unable to ride all year, go swimming all year, lay on the beach all year, would have to worry about time. Oil should be changed either at the mileage, or time elapsed. It is not always how many miles you do, but how long it is since the last one. Six months is usually the rule of thumb, unless you live in dusty conditions, and then it may be sooner. Check your oil and filters to make sure they are good to go.
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Re: Oil change schedule

Postby bjatwood » Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:06 pm

I think the Big Oil companies came up with the "change the oil at 3K miles" to SELL oil. All the vehicle manufacturers recomend much higher milage between oil changes. I have followed manufacture recomendations on every vehicle I have owned, and NEVER had an engine failure!

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Re: Oil change schedule

Postby Maddogg » Sun Nov 10, 2013 5:37 pm

Honda recommends every 8,000 miles on the clock, but I don't even want to think about going that long. I change at 3,000. It doesn't cost that much and I don't want to tear up a motor just because someone else recommends it.

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Re: Oil change schedule

Postby JDMAG » Sun Nov 10, 2013 6:22 pm

That's my thoughts as well. Its cheap preventive maintenance. And not a hard job.

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Re: Oil change schedule

Postby bjatwood » Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:47 am

artgrantz wrote:My Pontiac tells me when the oil needs to be changed, usually around 7 or 8 thousand miles.
The GL1800 owners manual lists 8,000 mile intervals between oil changes, and that would be with dino oil. If it's good enough for the company warranting the vehichle, it's good enough for me. I have been using Mobil 1 but am thinking of trying Rotella synthetic due to the good things said about it on this forum.
I ride about 30,000 miles per year. Every GoldWing that I have owned has had over 150,000 miles on it when I sold it and none have had any oil related issues.
I'm not trying to change anyone's mind here, just answering the OP.

I'm with you Art! I'll spend the money on "another tank of gas and back on the road we go..." :lol:

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Re: Oil change schedule

Postby bstig60 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:44 am

I simply can't bring myself to leave oil in an engine that long..... But I am finding changing at 3000 miles is a little more often that I want to deal with due to the amount of miles I ride. I use Mobil 1 15w50 and am thinking about going 5000 on my next change and see what the oil looks like. Current change has about 2000 on it already. I ride some during the winter, so we will see.
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Re: Oil change schedule

Postby SteveB123 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 3:10 pm

Seems like a lot of people change oil based on "feelings", not on the ability of the oil to lubricate.

I suspect a lot of those feelings have been manufactured by oil company advertising.
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Re: Oil change schedule

Postby NKYWinger » Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:52 am

I'm also a Mobil1 user - 5,000 miles for me is the limit... as has been mentioned by others, oil in a bike also has to deal with the wet clutch, so 5K is it for me.


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