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post #1 of 90 Old 02-03-2012, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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How often should I change my oil?

how often do you guys recommend i change my oil? im trying to figure out what would be my yearly maintenance cost on the cbr when i pick one up.
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Whenever in doubt I would just follow the manufacturers recommended intervals. They obviously know what their doing.
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I wouldn't exactly use the factory recommendation. But instead use it just as a guide. Basically the harder you push your engine the sooner you should do the oil change
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Me - every 4,000 miles, but at least once a season and once at 600. Like CBR-guy says though, you have to make your own decisions based on your riding and conditions. Of course, you could also get into things like oil analysis, but I'm just going with what I have stated here. Might change after I have a talk with a trusted guy I know who wrenches Hondas for a living.


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thanks guys!!! ill definitely take those into consideration!! now all i need to do is learn how to do the oil changes myself. lol
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It depends on the conditions and especially how long you ride.

Starting and riding for a short distance requires more frequent oil changes than extended trips. The main thing you are fighting is contaminants and the degradation of the additive package in the oil. When you start-up an engine you are adding moisture, acids, and unburned fuel to the oil. Most of it burns-off when the oil reaches a high enough temp for a long enough period. Water temp (aka engine temp) and oil temp are not the same thing. It takes significantly more time for the oil to come up to its operating temp than it does for the coolant to come up to its operating temp. It's when you don't allow the oil to get up to that temp (short trips) that the contaminants build-up. Cold temps make it worse.

I'm a believer that synthetic oil is a really good idea, especially when the engine only holds a couple of quarts or so. Some people feel they can run synthetic for an extended period compared to conventional oil, but I feel the real factor is build-up of contaminants, not miles. A taxi or over-the-road truck can safely run oil many times longer than someone that just runs to the store and back.

I change the oil before storage on all of my cycles, no matter if it only ran 1000 mi. Dirty oil during storage is worse than dirty oil during regular riding IMO.

So it really depends, but I personally never go as long as the Owner's Manual recommends unless I've done a large amount of extended highway cruising.


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I forget what honda says but it's somthing stupid like 6-8000 miles. I disagree with it and do it just like a car. every season or every 3000.

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Do what Honda recommends, and you won't go far wrong.



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Honda produces more engines than anyone else in the world, I'll do as they suggest.
The people who continually advocate ridiculously frequent oil changes are the oil companies.
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i'm doing 8ooo before i change mine,maybe alittle longer because
using a good synthetic oil.at 4500 now-oil looks new still.
i also ride a few times a week with no storage for winter.

my ranger o6 sport with the 3.o has 5000 on
it's oil right now and it looks like i just changed it.
but it almost never gets past 2500rpms.i'm a slowpoke
crusin at 45-50 it's only hitting 1700rpms.(automatic)
sticker said 23 hwy,i get 26-28mpg every fill up after trying
to keep it under 2ooo rpms.

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