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Offline DanL

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11200 Mile Service- Air Filter
« on: June 19, 2012, 04:12:29 pm »
I'm at 9800 miles and I'm getting ready for a 2000 mile trip in a couple weeks. I'll probably have over 10k on the bike when I leave and over 12k when I return.

The maintenance schedule for 11.2k is mainly checks of the brake and clutch, but it also says replace the air filter.

Any opinions on putting off the filter change until the 15k service, when the valves need to be checked?

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Re: 11200 Mile Service- Air Filter
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2012, 04:14:24 pm »
I guess it depends on what kind of riding you did. If a lot of dust and such, replace it. But the truth be told, it doesn't take all that long to replace it.

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Re: 11200 Mile Service- Air Filter
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2012, 04:46:29 pm »
Dan,
I would suggest pulling the filter and inspecting it. Mine seems to  get dirty with less miles than the other cycles. Not sure if it's the ram air or the 1400cc's of displacement sucking more air or both... ;D
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Re: 11200 Mile Service- Air Filter
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2012, 06:07:20 pm »
isn't it berried under the left side plastic ??
say on an 09 what need to be swam through to get there ??

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Re: 11200 Mile Service- Air Filter
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2012, 06:10:23 pm »
Remove left side fairing and glove box
Open air box
remove filter
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Re: 11200 Mile Service- Air Filter
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2012, 10:16:49 pm »
This is my air filter after 0 miles


Because of KiPass I didnt need to change it at 25,000 miles, but I thought it may be a good idea.  Of course there were no gains in performance nor gas mileage after this change (I checked it)
« Last Edit: June 19, 2012, 10:25:17 pm by Steve »
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Re: 11200 Mile Service- Air Filter
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2012, 01:08:43 am »
I need to stop changing them so darn often  ;D
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Re: 11200 Mile Service- Air Filter
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2012, 01:16:19 am »
Anyone using a K&N or BMC reusable filter?
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Re: 11200 Mile Service- Air Filter
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2012, 07:15:29 am »
Anyone using a K&N or BMC reusable filter?


I was using a BMC on my C14. The BMC is pretty much just like a K&N. Same deal. Wash good, re-oil and use over and over. More of a pain than OEM, but much cheaper in the long term. Is it better, worse or even worth the trouble? I guess it depends on who you talk to.

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Re: 11200 Mile Service- Air Filter
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2012, 10:23:19 am »
I should have pulled it the other day when I had the side panel off looking for a place to mount my Stebel. I hate removing the plastic- I'm that guy who has a tendency to give one little extra torque on a bolt and shearing it off, and the plastic, with those tabs and such, is just asking for me to break something that costs a lot of money.

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Re: 11200 Mile Service- Air Filter
« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2012, 11:56:13 am »
Using a K&N on my steed, always have on every bike I've owned. As mentioned earlier, they save $$ over the long haul. A bit harder to install and remove because of tight fit, but other than that, they are reusable. I tend to be on the green side when I can.
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Re: 11200 Mile Service- Air Filter
« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2012, 12:21:58 pm »
At 10k, there is no sense inspecting it.  If you're gonna pull the plastic to inspect it, you might as well replace it.  It won't make much difference doing it before or after the 2k mile trip.  Unless you trip takes you riding through sandstorms repeatedly, I doubt you could actually tell that the air filter got any dirtier after 2k miles.
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Re: 11200 Mile Service- Air Filter
« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2012, 04:29:02 pm »
That was kinda my thought Midlife, just wanted to hear some opinions of you guys who know more about this than me! It's not real dusty around here, unless you ride thru a dust cloud being kicked up by a farm tractor, and those are not something you deal with very often.

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Re: 11200 Mile Service- Air Filter
« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2012, 08:33:14 pm »
i have a spare OEM air filter i will send you if you pay the shipping. it has 450 miles on it. 757.344.6516

i do use the BMC and wash/recharge every oil change.
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Re: 11200 Mile Service- Air Filter
« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2012, 12:47:53 am »
I was at 9500 when I decided to change mine this spring.  Pretty normal riding. It could have easily gone another 4-5K before needing to be changed however like others have said since I had the fairing off I just put in the new one.

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Re: 11200 Mile Service- Air Filter
« Reply #15 on: June 21, 2012, 01:06:20 am »
just returned from a trip to Yosemite and replaced mine for the second time at about 28,800 and was shocked at how dirty it was. It definitely has something to do with the ram air scoops. But glad I did, because a noticeable increase in power and smoothness. Air and oil filters are the two most important maintenance items.
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Re: 11200 Mile Service- Air Filter
« Reply #16 on: June 21, 2012, 11:36:02 am »
just returned from a trip to Yosemite and replaced mine for the second time at about 28,800 and was shocked at how dirty it was. It definitely has something to do with the ram air scoops. But glad I did, because a noticeable increase in power and smoothness. Air and oil filters are the two most important maintenance items.

I found the opposite with mine. The dirty ( or in all fairness "filthy") hi-mile filter I posted in this thread had been through the desert off-roading (Phoenix/Moab), through the July snow that same month (Rockies), through monsoons and tropical rain storms of FL.  I have the pics of it in extreme "situations" =)

No performance increase was noticeable nor did i gain any gas mileage (which I had HIGHLY expected) better gas mileage when I saw that filter.
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Re: 11200 Mile Service- Air Filter
« Reply #17 on: June 21, 2012, 01:02:46 pm »
Most EFI systems these days have a Mass Air Flow sensor, so as to meter the correct amount of fuel to mix with the air intake.  If you have more intake air restriction, less air will be sucked in and less fuel will be metered accordingly.

That said, the air filter will need to be very clogged up for most people to tell the difference.  But again, your butt dyno may vary. ;)
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