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Offline kdub

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Oil change intervals
« 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.

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Re: Oil change intervals
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2012, 07:44:27 am »
Do what makes you comfortable. Kawasaki sets it higher than a lot of folks prefer.

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Re: Oil change intervals
« Reply #2 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:
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Re: Oil change intervals
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2012, 01:57:16 pm »
I use 5,000 kilometers. It keeps the math simple.
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Re: Oil change intervals
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2012, 06:52:09 pm »
I wait for the service reminder to pop on    :D
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Re: Oil change intervals
« Reply #5 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.
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Re: Oil change intervals
« Reply #6 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.
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Re: Oil change intervals
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2012, 12:27:12 am »
I use full synthetic and change every 6k...  But that's just me
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Re: Oil change intervals
« Reply #8 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...

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Re: Oil change intervals
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2012, 07:14:14 am »
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- 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 ?

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Re: Oil change intervals
« Reply #10 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..

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Re: Oil change intervals
« Reply #11 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
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Re: Oil change intervals
« Reply #12 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.
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Re: Oil change intervals
« Reply #13 on: August 13, 2012, 05:09:40 am »
Where are you getting the analysis done?
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Re: Oil change intervals
« Reply #14 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.
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Re: Oil change intervals
« Reply #15 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.
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