On the road oil changes

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by furiousfart, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. thetourist

    thetourist Just passing thru

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    start the trip with Redline. Forget about oil changes.
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  2. allonsye

    allonsye ("lets go!")

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    Good God! What a great way to create an undesirable event for what could otherwise have been an uneventful trip (eg post #18). Now if you were going to be out on the road for over 10k mi. OK - I get that. But sticking to a regular oil change schedule on a long trip for the most part I find so 'diculous it's kinda ridiculous. Is it that essential, that critical and in the big scheme of things, a factor that can't wait till you get home or somewhere not on the road?
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  3. allonsye

    allonsye ("lets go!")

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  4. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

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    I changed the oil on my DR650 anywhere between 800-2200 miles. The 2200 was only once, and nearly absent of dirt (all highway/backroads). Most of the time it was about 1300 miles, but I did a LOT of dirt. A 525 is a race bike- I would say he was very smart to change every 800 miles, and that KTM rewards that maintenance with great performance and decent longevity (amazing a racebike motor will do 20k miles nowadays).
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  5. toy4fun

    toy4fun GET out of the way

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    ORielly's Auto Parts had a deal for $5.99 you got a plastic drain pan , roll of good wipes, small funnel and hand cleaner. They took it all off my hands when I finished changing the oil behind their store. I Luv those guys!:clap
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  6. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    I start my trips with fresh Mobil-1. But yeah, start fresh and fuggetaboutit.
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  7. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

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    Depends on the trip. I wouldnt run my DR650 25000 miles on one oil change :eek1 :lol3
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  8. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    This. I run synthetic and figure long distance riding is a lot easier on oil than short commutes. If I'm at home (not traveling) I change the oil and filter every 5k. On the road I double that.
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  9. twisted-hog

    twisted-hog Been here awhile

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    +1 on this I do the same also.

    I'll be doing 3,000+ mile 3 week trip in Baja next April. I'll start with a fresh oil change of Mobile One 20/50 and change it when I get back...not that I will have to but I am also anal about wanting fresh oil in my bikes.
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  10. IndyChizzle

    IndyChizzle Inspired by Trevor W

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    Thanks to the helpful folks for their comments. I did my first on-the-road oil change, and it went great. I was all worried about it, but the folks at O'Reilly were really accommodating. I offered to buy paper towels, pay a "shop fee", etc, and they wouldn't accept it. I used their pan and funnel, brought an oil filter, and bought the oil. I was done in 20 minutes, and back on the road. I wouldn't do it if I didn't have to, but if needed, O'Reilly is really helpful!
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  11. charlesernst

    charlesernst Adventurer

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    almost any bike shop will loan you their oil pan and recycle the oil for you, especially if you buy the oil from them. I carry my own filters.
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  12. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

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    I had 4 different motorcycle places tell me they wouldnt loan me a drain pan due to "insurance". I even had one say sure, then after I bought the filter the service department told me no.

    I had a few that did let me use a pan though. Suzuki dealer in Little Rock had me pull in the shop, gave me a drain pan, cardboard, rags, and wouldnt even let me dispose of the old oil for them :freaky
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  13. JoeMongo

    JoeMongo ¿Por dónde?

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    Hmmnnnn . . . I've not seen the kit at O'Reilly's, but they've been great to me as well. On my last trip, I changed my oil twice next to their stores in Colorado, and Wyoming. The DRZ gets new oil every 500 miles, a filter too every 1K.

    I buy a small roll of paper towels and one of those disposable foil roasting pans at the local grocery store for a couple of bucks, 2qts of Mobil 1 4T motorcycle oil at O'Reilly's, and carry crush washers and foil to make disposable fill and drain funnels with me.

    I also changed my oil twice in motel parking lots, and that worked better 'cause I could drink a nice cold beer while my oil was draining. Then I had to ride across town to the nearest O'Reilly's to recycle my oil.
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  14. banjobart

    banjobart Been here awhile

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    I'm good for 10,000 miles between changes with Amsoil synthetic. That's Alaska and back for me, did it twice. Bikes still run like new.
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  15. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

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    What kind of bike? No way I'd do that on a single, especially any air cooled single...
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  16. banjobart

    banjobart Been here awhile

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    Water cooled bikes for 10K miles between oil changes, of course.
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  17. sagedrifter

    sagedrifter Southern Explorer

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    The DR650 was really easy to change since I had the centerstand. Two quarts of 10w40 every 3000 miles max. Quick and easy, the oil filters looked almost new at 3K, so I figure the owner's manual was correct with the oil filter change interval of every other oil change. Checking dumpsters quickly for an empty container is a good green thinking... :D

    I prefer to change oil discretely at a primitive camp site, I hate hot parking lots. I don't go on long enough trips to fuss with my water cooled bikes most of the time. I took my FJR on a 8,000 mile trip once and just changed the oil when I got back. Bike didn't even blow up, didn't burn oil, still shifted good... :evil
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  18. sieg

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    Yep I'm back home by the 10000 mile mark generally so I don't change on the road. Alaska was a little over but not a lot.
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  19. LaurentM

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    I spent a few months in the US last year with a klr. Dealerships were a rip off so I bought my own oil a Wal Mart and went to places for cars.
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  20. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Kitty litter pans work too, but are a little more pricey at $5.

    I bet most auto dealerships would take used oil. A friend of mine works at Ford. When customers come in for oil changes, it isn't uncommon for them to be 1/2 to 1 quart low. The state requires them to document that they dispose of as much oil as they sell, which just doesn't add up, so they encourage all their employees to bring in their used oil to help meet quotas. Crazy, huh?
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