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Am I Reading the Maintenance Schedule Right???

Looks like:

600

7,500

15,000

24,000

30,000



For Oil Changes???
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Remember to change your oil once a year even if the mileage is low.
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Remember to change your oil once a year even if the mileage is low.
I'm with you on that.

The intervals just seem odd.
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Looks like:

600

7,500

15,000

24,000

30,000



For Oil Changes???
Ummmmmm......No......Not sure where u from.....I assume this is miles and not Kms........Anyways.....I think the MOM...calls 4 first change at 500 or 1000 miles.....But regardless........Normal is every 3000 to 3500 Miles....This is what most do.....Depends on ur riding style and temps and so on.....Some do more some do less......Generally with a new bike it is good 2 change the oil a couple times....If using full synthetic...well that is another story....Good luck.....U can not change the oil 2 often........

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Ummmmmm......No......Not sure where u from.....I assume this is miles and not Kms........Anyways.....I think the MOM...calls 4 first change at 500 or 1000 miles.....But regardless........Normal is every 3000 to 3500 Miles....This is what most do.....Depends on ur riding style and temps and so on.....Some do more some do less......Generally with a new bike it is good 2 change the oil a couple times....If using full synthetic...well that is another story....Good luck.....U can not change the oil 2 often........
Wrong!

I read it right out of the manual.



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Didn't say u were wrong sport.......Said i didn't know where u were from so i didn't know if this was miles or km's........I was not quoting what the MOM said i was telling u what a lot of people who ride bikes do.....

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I went to synthetic after the break'in, generaly do a change at 5000 mile interverls. As for what the book says, yes that is the schedule they call out.

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Looks like:

600

7,500

15,000

24,000

30,000



For Oil Changes???
NO, those are the recomended intervals to do checks and mantanence on the bike, 600 is the first inspection and tightening of bolts, gives the dealer a chance to make sure they put it together right, without looking at MOM I know 15,000 is the first valve adjustment, other things such as coolant, brake fluid, and other adjustments are built in.

Oil, is 600, 2000, and every 3000 after, recomended, the first change is a must to get the break in oil out of the engine.

Check MOM for a complete list of adjustments

As for oil use you own discresion for when and what type/brand to use.
Many wars have been started over the question "WHAT IS THE BEST OIL TO USE", each to his own, its your bike. (NOTE: Do not use car oils most will ruin your clutch)

The maintanence should be done, within reason on schedule, if you are a "wrench" do yourself, if not, like me have the dealer do it, hope you have deep pockets).


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Looks like:

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7,500

15,000

24,000

30,000



For Oil Changes???
Page 87 of my MOM says, 600...7,500...15,000...22,500...30,000 or every year which ever comes first.

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MOM does say the intervals mentioned above. Although, I think BigK wrote the book in Japanese(metric) and then translated it. Of course, kilometers do not translate to nice even numbers in miles. So I think K just rounded up or down on some of the intervals when listing the miles.

Personally, I am using Castrol full synthetic and doing changes at 75000m, 15000m, 22500m, 30000m... etc. I have done a lot of research on the type of oil to use and although I know this is about to start another oil war, I have found no real evidence that car oil (cage oil) is any different than motorcycle oil. I did read some compeling evidence that Mobil 1 synthetic could be bad per they put in some extra additives that are so slick they can make your clutch slip. Even then, the evidence said it only happened on the rare occasion. So far I have had no troubles with the Castrol and it is half the price of the motorcycle specific oil that can only be bought at a bike shop. I buy the Fram oil filter and Castrol oil at Wal-mart. If figure since I am using full synthetic, it should easily last the 7500m interval.

Lastly, do not skip the 600 mile oil change. In the first 600 miles, the engine is breaking itself in and knocking off a lot little metal bits inside the motor. I have heard several people talk about the silvery sheen that the first oil has when it is drained at 600 miles. You need to get this stuff out so it doesn't add extra engine wear over the first 7500m.

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