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I just saw your answer regards oil change. My manual says that I need to change oil every 3000 miles. But I only ride about 1000 miles per year (very short commute). By the book, I need to perform oil change every three years. Do I really need to change oil every year? Is it okay to change oil every three years, just because I donít ride that much?

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PS: Just to make myself comfortable, I do oil change once a year.
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Look after your bike & it will look after you. i would change it at least every 6 months regardless of mileage.

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If your oil is a nice golden amber; like in the above pic; you don't need to change it because you don't ever ride the bike anyway.
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I change mine every six months. For 45 bucks it's worth it. Just like my truck, 10 years old with only 65k on it. I change the oil every three months. I take it to a shop by my house, 26 bucks. Peace of mind........Priceless.

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I change mine every six months. For 45 bucks it's worth it. Just like my truck, 10 years old with only 65k on it. I change the oil every three months. I take it to a shop by my house, 26 bucks. Peace of mind........Priceless.
10 years old and "only" 65K miles onit? Pfffttt... I got a 30 year old truck with 94K on it. It runs like it has half that mileage.
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I can do mine for about $15, with good old fashioned dino oil.

94k miles - Phhhhtt!
My car has 175,000 miles at 12 years old - runs like new - change oil between 5000 and 10,000 miles.
Plan to keep it another 2-4 years! Put about 11,000 miles a year on it now.


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Changing oil once a year shouldn't be a problem as long as most of your rides are long enough to get the engine up to normal operating temperature for at least 30 minutes.
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Even dinosaur oil is of far higher quality than the oil of 25 years ago. Oils have various detergents and other additives that give far longer protection against acids and other harmful pollutants produced by internal combustion. Therefore, it is my opinion that too frequent oil changes do not accomplish anything to extend engine life. Having said that, I change the oil in all of my internal combustion engines more frequently than recommended by the manufacturer. The days of the 3,000 mile oil change are long gone, although my observation is that many people who say they change oil that often, don't. My 12 year old VW Jetta diesel gets oil changes at 5 to 6,000 miles, religiously, instead of the 10k recommended by VW. At 224,000, it is going strong. My Vulcan gets a lot less miles on it and once a year is quite fine, especially since I use the Kawasaki full synthetic in it.

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I can do mine for about $15, with good old fashioned dino oil.

94k miles - Phhhhtt!
My car has 175,000 miles at 12 years old - runs like new - change oil between 5000 and 10,000 miles.
Plan to keep it another 2-4 years! Put about 11,000 miles a year on it now.
12 years old with 175k isn't much to brag about. My Chevy is over twice the age with less miles. Your driving about 14.5k miles a year. My truck has a little over 3100 miles a year on average. And I plan to keep it till it dies.
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I thought you were bragging about your high mileage at 94k, so I stated I had 175,000.



Hey, I'll keep this car until the repair cost out-ways the cost of a different one.


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