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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-21-2009, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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I had changed my oil in my 04 vn750 last year when it started to get clod . Road for about a 1000 miles and then parked in garage. I changed at 7000 on bike and was wondering do you change your oil and the first of the riding season or can I atleast get another 1000 miles or 2000 before considering a oil change.
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Me, lots of other riders I know, change our oil at the end of the "cold" as we start riding regularly.

What you can get away with and/or what you should do, I'm going to leave for others....

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I change mine once a year mid-season, that's mid July for me with syn oil.

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OIL is cheap...engine repairs are costly....you do the math...I change every year after Im done riding and before I ride again...why have all that condensation moisture and particles it picked up from sitting, go thru the engine..just change it..I also just switched from 15w-40 rotella to 15w-40 valvoline premium blue dino...no problems ..plus it's buy two gallons and get one free @ autozone...or 11.99 each if you only buy one..

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OIL is cheap...engine repairs are costly....you do the math...I change every year after Im done riding and before I ride again...why have all that condonsation moisture and particles it picked up from sitting, go thru the engine..just cahnge it..I also jusy switched from 15w-40 rotella to 15w-40 valvoline premium blue dino...no problems ..plus it's buy two gallons and get one free @ autozone...or 11.99 each if you only buy one..
I do the same... also do this with lawnmowers and snow blowers
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More is better. Changes, that is.

I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
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I usually run kaw oil and filter 20w 50 i believe what would you recommend. this is my first bike and second year of riding thanks. I saw mobil 1 syn for motocyles but a little pricey $10 a quart... our bikes hold 5 quarts with filter I thinking
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where do you live..if you not in the desert..20w-50 too much oil..
my suggestions are:
Rotella 5w-40 synthetic
Rotella 15w-40 dino
Valvoline Blue 15w-40 dino
Mobil Delvac 1300 15w-40 dino
Chevron Delo 15w-40 dino


can't go wrong..with any of these...

filter bosch 3323

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I usually run kaw oil and filter 20w 50 i believe what would you recommend. this is my first bike and second year of riding thanks. I saw mobil 1 syn for motocyles but a little pricey $10 a quart... our bikes hold 5 quarts with filter I thinking
Uh-oh! Looks like another oil thread in the works! If you'll do a search, there is lots of information about filters and various oil opinions. Everyone has a favorite oil, so you'd get a variety of responses. Think everyone agrees the Kawi filter is good, but there are others out there that aren't nearly so expensive ($14 at my local stealership!) and also do a good job.

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I ride all year round, it all depends where you live. If your bike sits all winter it would likely be good to change every year. Me I go with the 3000 mile recommendation. Mine is due now,I have 3200 miles for the change. waiting for the weather to get a little better.

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