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    Do I Really Have To Change My Oil Every Year?




    Dear MOby,

    I just saw your answer regards oil change. My manual says that I need to change oil every 3000 miles. But I only ride about 1000 miles per year (very short commute). By the book, I need to perform oil change every three years. Do I really need to change oil every year? Is it okay to change oil every three years, just because I don’t ride that much?

    Thank you
    Jay

    PS: Just to make myself comfortable, I do oil change once a year.
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    My view - change once a year, especially as you're doing very short trips - the oil can still get contaminated - build it into a mini service of lubing / checking your bike and detailed cleaning - An oil and filter (not forgetting sump plug washer) adds up to about £60 so it's good insurance.

    I'm sure you could leave it to no ill effect (why not do every two years? / 2k) , but to be honest I just like to be a little OCD when it comes to my ride !

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    Quote Originally Posted by sovrec View Post
    My view - change once a year, especially as you're doing very short trips - the oil can still get contaminated - build it into a mini service of lubing / checking your bike and detailed cleaning - An oil and filter (not forgetting sump plug washer) adds up to about £60 so it's good insurance.

    I'm sure you could leave it to no ill effect (why not do every two years? / 2k) , but to be honest I just like to be a little OCD when it comes to my ride !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Goat Ninja View Post
    Pretty sure they own the forum.
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    i was told to do it every 5000... but I guess it depends on the type of oil you use

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    Quote Originally Posted by COLVERT View Post
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    F&*k ! Yes you're right ! On the plus side it seems they agree with me in the article ? ! Seems like a bout of shameless topic/thread stimulation via Motorcycle.com towers.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalo712 View Post
    i was told to do it every 5000... but I guess it depends on the type of oil you use
    Miles or Km? 3000 miles is about 4800 Km....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigOne-94-14 View Post
    Miles or Km? 3000 miles is about 4800 Km....
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