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Concours 14 Discussion (C14 / ZG1400 / 1400GTR) => Concours 14 / ZG1400 General Chat and Tech => Topic started by: kdub on June 22, 2012, 12:01:39 am

Title: Oil change intervals
Post by: kdub on June 22, 2012, 12:01:39 am
I hate to ask, but -- What are C14 owners using for OCI's?  My owners manual tells me 7500 which would mean that I check the valves every other OCI.  I was thinking that I might try a 5000 mile OCI and check the valves every third oil change.  How often are group members changing their oil and filter.

I'm not worried about brands, just OCI's.

Thanks
Title: Re: Oil change intervals
Post by: Cap'n Bob on June 22, 2012, 07:44:27 am
Do what makes you comfortable. Kawasaki sets it higher than a lot of folks prefer.
Title: Re: Oil change intervals
Post by: The Pope on June 22, 2012, 10:41:40 am
I'm doing 5000 mile OCI as that's what I perfer. Also it's easier for me to remember.   :hum:
Title: Re: Oil change intervals
Post by: jonathan on June 22, 2012, 01:57:16 pm
I use 5,000 kilometers. It keeps the math simple.
Title: Re: Oil change intervals
Post by: S Smith on June 22, 2012, 06:52:09 pm
I wait for the service reminder to pop on    :D
Title: Re: Oil change intervals
Post by: Finesse on June 22, 2012, 11:51:32 pm
The intervals for autos and motorcycles just get longer and longer, due to pressure from EPA, etc. Scamoil recommends 10k intervals, to help you get over the inflated price.
It needs changed when dirty. Wipe some on your shirt. Is it dirty? Change it. Do you want dirt or clean oil inside your engine?
Title: Re: Oil change intervals
Post by: kdub on June 23, 2012, 12:12:35 am
Yes OCI's keep getting longer and longer from the OEM.  But if you mean Amsoil when you say Scamoil you are very mistaken.  I have used their products since 1980 and have been very happy with them. 

OCI for the C14 is all I asked about not about brands just OCI's.  7500 miles seems to be a push for a wet clutch bike even with a 5 quart sump that is why I asked about OCI's.

5000 mile OCi's are looking pretty good and I am really leaning that way.
Title: Re: Oil change intervals
Post by: Mad River Marc on June 23, 2012, 12:27:12 am
I use full synthetic and change every 6k...  But that's just me
Title: Re: Oil change intervals
Post by: itnetpro on June 23, 2012, 12:58:03 am
I plan to stick to the manufactures recommendations and change every 7,500 or 365 days, whichever comes first. Using Kawasaki 10-40 Dino oil. If I don't like how it drives between 5-7.5k then I will do sooner. I plan to keep 3-5 years then trade. If I were planning to keep beyond 5 years I would either do Synthetic every 7,500 or Dino every 5,000...

John
Title: Re: Oil change intervals
Post by: Pistole on August 10, 2012, 07:14:14 am
.

- the oil change intervals as mentioned in the owner's manual seems very long.

- of the top of my head , its at 1000 kms (600 miles) , then onwards at 12,000 kms (7,400 miles) intervals.

- my dealer here is recommending the 2nd oil change happen at 3000 kms (1,800 miles) and then onwards at 5000 kms (3,100 miles).

- anyone with experience here on this interval issue ?

thanks

.
Title: Re: Oil change intervals
Post by: JG on August 10, 2012, 11:47:10 am
I get  Castrol Synthetic oil for about $6 a quart. I plan on changing it every 3k. thats just my .02..
Title: Re: Oil change intervals
Post by: anthony - Sacramento on August 11, 2012, 04:03:39 am
in the summer when it is very hot 4000 miles but the rest of the year 5000 miles , full synthetic + filter
Title: Re: Oil change intervals
Post by: TGE on August 11, 2012, 06:28:11 am
It really depends on the bike and the conditions that its being put through. For instance, a track bike should probably receive significantly smaller OCI than a weekend warrior or even a commuter. I prefer to have oil analyses done, and schedule my OCI based on those data. My next scheduled OCI is 4k miles, and if the oil analysis data indicate that a longer OCI makes sense, then I extend it accordingly until the data say otherwise. This approach does cost initially a bit more ($25 per oil analysis), but it does take the guessing and speculating out of scheduling OCI.
Title: Re: Oil change intervals
Post by: Mad River Marc on August 13, 2012, 05:09:40 am
Where are you getting the analysis done?
Title: Re: Oil change intervals
Post by: Gypsy JR on August 13, 2012, 09:26:51 am
I haven't converted my new Connie to synthetic yet, but ran my ZX14 for 4 years on Amsoil MCF 10W40 and changed it once a year, after riding season was over, whether it needed it or not.

Pretty soon I'll convert my Connie to Amsoil MCF 10W40 too, and return to the once a year schedule.

She goes in asap for the 4k service, so next oil change after this service will be the conversion date.
Title: Re: Oil change intervals
Post by: TGE on August 13, 2012, 12:28:04 pm
Where are you getting the analysis done?

There are a number of options for oil analyses, but I have had good experiences with Blackstone Laboratories (http://www.blackstone-labs.com/).