On the road oil changes

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

  1. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass The AntiHarley

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    In my case the Ural only had 500 miles on it, was still on break in, was under warranty, and the folks at Ural headquarters had offered 24 hr assistance AND were watching my ride report. I followed their instructions. On my Japanese bikes I do agree with you though.
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  2. def

    def Ginger th wonder dog

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    Ten thousand miles on synthetic engine oil, fresh filter and highway riding poses no engine danger for air or water cooled singles or twins. Try some in your air cooled lawn mower engine and you'll see what I mean.

    Name brand synthetic engine oils have higher Noack scores and typically don't shear nearly as quickly as non-synthetics.

    If you want even longer OCIs, use automotive synthetic engine oils that contain more robust EP additive packages.

    You want really tough engine oil? Try HDEO rated for diesel engine service. Shell Rotella, Mobil Delvac or Delo 400 in 15w-40 viscosity...$12.00 per gallon most anywhere.

    The OTR truckers typically run these oils for 20K miles and up to 50K miles in high HP diesel engines.
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  3. eakins

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    I'd say most every town has at least 1 parts shop or mc dealer that will accommodate you (drain pan & towels) if you buy the supplies from them. You might need to ask around or stop in the next town.

    You know they will have the oil you need, but I would bring the filter(s) I need with me , just in case. I'd say I'll but the oil and filter (if you have it & most do) and if not I have a filter and need to buy the oil. You can use your stocked filter for later at home.

    All the guys that work at these shop get it, they are home mechanics too & would love to help out.
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  4. eakins

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    Now if you are traveling south to Mexico and beyond, bring the filters you need! & buy oil on the road. Big auto parts store don't exist (except for Autozone in many places). It's all small local shops. The biggest issue is getting rid of old oil as recycling is hard to find. Many shops either store it for ever or just dump it. Either way, have your oil & filter ready and find a shop that has a drain pan and more importantly will take the oil. Offer up a few bucks or some beer and no one will say no.
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  5. eakins

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    I'd easily run 5k on Redline Synthetic MC oil on a trip.
    Heck that oil is so good, I'd would run 10k (if need be) and just change the filter at 5k.

    I run 15K on quality synthetic in my car all day long.

    I must add those long haul tuckers install extra filter systems too and change those in between to achieve long intervals. For them a filter is cheap to change vrs the large quantity of oil they need in the engine.

    The same thing can be said for bikes. Use synthetic oil & change the filter every 2-3k if you are worried or use a stainless filter you can clean & reuse.

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