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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-27-2012, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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Changed oil to synthetic Amsoil 1 year ago at 900 miles. on new V2K. Now 1 year later have 5200 miles.. How often do you all change the oil? Recommendations? I figure change once yearly regardless of mileage. For $80 isn't worth the effort and engine protection?
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I change the oil and filter in my VN2000 once per year, just prior to winter storage. Ends up being about 5,000 miles.
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i change the oil each spring.

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Have always used Amsoil. Change 3X a season. Every 6 -8 km's ( 4 - 5 miles )
By that time it's black as shit.

Come winter I swap the oil with cheap dino ( unheated garage stored - below freezing temps for 4 months ) Come spring I dump it and put the Amsoil back in.
Overkill ? Maybe.
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Have always used Amsoil. Change 3X a season. Every 6 -8 km's ( 4 - 5 miles )
By that time it's black as shit.
Really? How many miles on the bike? Mine has just short of 13K and the oil still comes out golden brown after a year of use (again, ~5,000 miles).
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Really? How many miles on the bike? Mine has just short of 13K and the oil still comes out golden brown after a year of use (again, ~5,000 miles).
It's a 2005 and it's just about to go over 51,000 miles
Picked up the bike used in 2010 with a little over 5,000 miles on it.
Well maybe not black black. But definitely no golden description for me.
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I run Lucas M C Full syn and change every 3K 30K on my bike and no major problems except the famous stator failure.
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The color of the oil isn't necessarily an indicator of it's 'life', only a used oil analysis can do that.

My 'advice' would be to not exceed the OEM recommendations. Though Amsoil markets that you can run 2x OEM recommendations, up to 12 months. Lots of people do that without problems.

As for me? I do it about every 5k, so it works out to be about 4 times a season. I change the filter each time. She runs good, runs cool, shifts smooth, can't complain!

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FTR, oil and filter change interval on the VN2000, at least on the 2008, is 7,500 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first; per the operator's manual and the service manual.
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I did not get a warm and fuzzy feeling about 7.5k miles the manual says. When I got a little over 5K I noticed my trans feeling and sounding clunkier. I got it in April this year so I do not know if I was just getting around to noticing it since the new rubbed off.

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