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I have a 05 with 17,000 mile on her. What preventave maintance should I really be doing to the bike or should I be following the owners manual schedule to a tee. I have had no problems with the bike, except for the hot starts. I have replaced battery with sealed battery, reloated r/r and greased spline and replace oil ever 6k and oil filter ever 3k miles. I do plan to replace spark plugs next week. I guess what I am asking is what maintance really needs to be done to the bike to keep her safely on the road?
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Sounds like ya got things pretty well covered.

Have you checked/cleaned the air filters? Also the oil screen in the side drain?

Running Seafoam thru the tank now & then would be a good idea too.


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I clean the oil screen every oil change, clean the air filters and change final gear oil every 12k miles and this forum has taught me well about sea foam ( 5oz every 1k miles). thanks forthe reply.
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The AMA offers a good general discussion of this same topic on the following link:

http://www.amadirectlink.com/roadrid...takingcare.asp

Past that, if you spend any real time in this forum, you'll see that our bike's "weakest link" is the stator.

You'll also find that probably the single easiest thing you can do to prolong the life of the stator (esp since you've already relocated your r/r) is frequent oil changes. Dirty oil (and heat) are of course the stator's worst enemies.

With that said, if you think changing the oil every 6k miles is satisfactory, that's your call....

After reading several on-line publications that were recommended from this forum, I might go most of that, but only with a highly recommended synthetic.
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Hey! thanks for the great link. Reading I may need to look at greasing the u joints and swing arm. Can this be done without removing the wheel? I do use Shell Rotella synthetic oil.
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replace oil ever 6k and oil filter ever 3k miles. I do plan to replace spark plugs next week.
I would recomend changing the oil a little more often, that is ont of the things tha helps keep our stators cool.

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replace oil ever 6k and oil filter ever 3k miles.
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I would recomend changing the oil a little more often,
I'm guessin' that's backwards. It'd be kinda tough to change the filter without changing the oil, but changing the oil without changing the filter is doable.

Should it be ???? ......
replace oil every 3k and oil filter every 6k miles


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Cool

I would probably change the anti freeze.Check the brake shoes for wear.Check the cables for wear and lube them.ETC.
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I'm guessin' that's backwards. It'd be kinda tough to change the filter without changing the oil, but changing the oil without changing the filter is doable.

Should it be ???? ......
replace oil every 3k and oil filter every 6k miles
I don't know about on the 750 in particular, but I know with most cars it's quite possible to change the filter without changing the oil, you then have to just add about a quart of oil (or however much the filter holds, plus the small amount that comes out with the filter off). Used to do that all the time back when I was in the taxi business. Of course with many of the older cabs, we never 'changed' the oil, just kept adding I have a friend who still drives one of my old Dodge Diplomats that has over 500k miles on it, every six months or so he changes the filter, but has to put in a quart of oil each week, so he never changes it, only the filter.

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