Oil question

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  1. SASteve

    SASteve Been here awhile

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    I changed my oil yesterday, 3,815 miles, 1st service done at 620 of course. Screens and magnets were spotless which was nice to see. The oil was really quite dark however - normal or not? Just makes me wonder about 9k intervals...
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  2. Rock709

    Rock709 Been here awhile

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    Dark oil means it’s doing its job and keeping the inside clean. I’d be more concerned if the oil looked clean.
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  3. kaertner

    kaertner Been here awhile

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    Yes normal. The additives cause the oil to change colour during use. Unless you using the bike on track on in particularly dusty conditions or lots of short trips, stick to the KTM recommended oil change intervals.
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  4. SASteve

    SASteve Been here awhile

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    Ok great thanks guys. I do take lots of short trips actually as my primary office only 4 miles from home
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  5. nigelj

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    Go on, let’s have another oil thread
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    Wodger63 Long timer

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    Buy a bicycle.
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  7. nigelj

    nigelj Been here awhile

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  8. kaertner

    kaertner Been here awhile

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    I use a scooter for anything under 20kms
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  9. SASteve

    SASteve Been here awhile

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    Yes,in a perfect world i could easily walk or bike to that office, but in reality I just don't have the time and I love riding the 1290 to much. Besides that office is about 60% of the time, the rest I go to offices between 48 and 110 miles away. I was just curious if normal for the oil to be so dark after only 3k miles - thanks for the input
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  10. GotAnIdea

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    Dark colour means that the oil is dispersing the solid particles well, which is one of its tasks.

    Consider more often oil change if you use the bike for shorter trips regularly. A shorter lifespan can be expected from an engine with this usage.

    Normally I would also recommend the bicycle. :)
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  11. brianbrannon

    brianbrannon They'll ride up with wear

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    Check the oil color chart to be sure
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    nk14zp Long timer

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    And remember you will get some clutch dust too.
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  13. GCecchetto

    GCecchetto Long timer Supporter

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    I change the oil in my 1190 R every 4000 miles. Cheap insurance I figure. Coming up on 30,000 miles and runs better than ever.
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  14. crossbones

    crossbones Been here awhile

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    I have about 3k on mine and it's also looking pretty dark.
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  15. SASteve

    SASteve Been here awhile

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    Sounds like normal,thanks all. I agree gcecchetto, I'll change it between each scheduled service easy enough and sure can't hurt
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  16. brianbrannon

    brianbrannon They'll ride up with wear

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    KTM probably meant to spec half as long an oil change interval but misprinted the manual :hmmmmm
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  17. GotAnIdea

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    If you let the oil warm up properly before riding it hard and you do somewhat "normal" road use (not abusing it all time) then 10k should be fine. Changing the oil too early has an effect on the environment too, not to mention the money you spend on it.

    But 15k is a mistake for sure.
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  18. nk14zp

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    Just base them on rear tires. Change it every tire with dino. Every other rear if syn.
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    KTM 1190advR Enema of the state Supporter

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    So this turned into just another oil thread, about time that happened...
    Extra Virgin CNO, anyone?
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  20. nigelj

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    KTM isn't perfect, and as a company they're arrogant as fuck, but I'm sure their engineers are very highly qualified and experienced and know exactly what they're doing!

    If 15k (km, that's 9300miles) was a mistake then I'd expect them to have corrected it sometime between the original 1190 and the latest 1290s!
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