Oil life


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Oil life

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I ride my 2008 trike about 800 to 1000 miles a year. It only has a total of 9000 miles on it. How long can I go without an oil change?


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Re: Oil life

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For 5th gen Wings, your Owner's Manual puts no time limit on oil changes, and requires an oil change at 4,000 miles and every 8,000 mile thereafter. I did notice in the 6th gen Owner's Manual that Honda does now list miles (every 8K), and 2yr limit ... whichever comes first. In both generations, they are talking about the same oil, Honda's GN4 10w-30 oil. So that leads to the question, is their new time limit based on the needs of a 6th gen engine, or does it have anything to do with the engineers learning that as time goes on, a 2-year time limit is critical. Unfortunanly, I'm not able to answer that, and either or both could be true. I do know that most oils have an additive pacakge added to them, and usually additive packages has a short life compared to the oil itself.

As for your Wing, I would advise you to follow the maintenace schedule to a tee. The reason ... because it is the cheapest way to properly maintain a Wing.

As for your low mileage. Unless your Wing is stored per the Owner's Manual, and rarely one is, your Wing needs rode at least 1 tank of gas a month. GW engines and fuel systems don't store well, and at some point you may discover that, and the cost of such repair is far more then $6,000.
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Thanks for your reply. Your info was very helpful.
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Re: Oil life

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Are the miles a bunch of short trips, or one or two long trips?
Short trips are harder on oil than long trips.

I would say every 2 years or so if short trips, 3-4 years if long trips.
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Thanks for your info.
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Re: Oil life

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I agree. Frequent oil changes are the cheapest insurance you can buy to ensure your engine's long life and reliability.

It honestly mystifies me why people will happily spend $30,000 on a motorcycle, and then try to figure out how to save $20 by skimping on oil changes. It's false economy.
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Re: Oil life

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Munk's Maxim - "There is no such thing as a cheap motorcycle" :geek:

Juxtaposed against -- "The cheapest thing on a Goldwing is the rider" :ugeek:

Change it every year just because -- but DO ride it more often ;)
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Munk's Maxim -- There is no such thing as a cheap motorcycle
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I change the oil & filter at 3,000 miles or 6 months, which ever comes first. I use shell rotella T 6 full synthetic. Cheap enough insurance and it only takes a few minutes.


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