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    Should I change oil now or wait until next year?

    I've changed my oil last year fall of 2014 using motul 7100. Despite being busy this riding season, I've only put about 400 km. Should I still change the oil now and make it ready for next season? OR change it beginning of next season, or wait until end of next season?

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    you should ride more... also season isn't over.. lots of time to put on 3K+ km's

    do you have 70 bucks burning a hole in your pocket? then do it.. it can't hurt.. but if you don't like doing it then don't bother.

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    As long as an engine gets up to temp to burn off water in the oil, it's only really bad for it to be sitting in old oil for a long time if the oil has become acidic from absorbing combustion byproducts and its acid neutralizers (represented by its TBN) have dropped off. 400 kms on a quality oil like Motul 7100 is not long enough to do this. You should be fine just leaving it over the winter.

    If it were me I would just put it away for the season and ride it next year till I hit my OCI. I'm sure others will have a different opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alex.w *// View Post
    I've changed my oil last year fall of 2014 using motul 7100. Despite being busy this riding season, I've only put about 400 km. Should I still change the oil now and make it ready for next season? OR change it beginning of next season, or wait until end of next season?
    Four Hundred? Absolutely not, would be an absolute waste of time and money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mongoose View Post
    you should ride more... also season isn't over.. lots of time to put on 3K+ km's
    i recently rolled over 10k kms for the season, challenge accepted, 3k more before winter!
    http://bcusedoil.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by alex.w *// View Post
    I've changed my oil last year fall of 2014 using motul 7100. Despite being busy this riding season, I've only put about 400 km. Should I still change the oil now and make it ready for next season? OR change it beginning of next season, or wait until end of next season?
    A motor should be stored with fresh oil.

    I consider oil with 400km fresh.

    Only change dirty oil. To do so with clean oil is a waste.
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    Or you could sell the bike to someone who will actually ride it.

    Why are you using Motul 7100 if you arent a high mileage rider? Waste of money in your case, buy $5/liter castrol from walmart, or rotella.

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    400km a season......and its over...... i'm so confused.

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    I'd change the oil just to get rid of that shite Motul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pea Souper View Post
    A motor should be stored with fresh oil.
    How come? Doesn't the oil just drain to the bottom anyway?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alxb View Post
    How come? Doesn't the oil just drain to the bottom anyway?
    Probably 85% of it does. There are tons of little places where it sits in the engine, stays in oil coolers, coats bearings, cam journals and other things to a certain extent. You don't want acidic oil sitting on these for long periods, as (on a microscopic level anyway) it will quickly eat away at the copper and iron parts of your engine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alxb View Post
    How come? Doesn't the oil just drain to the bottom anyway?
    Where it will settle. Anything suspended in the oil will coat the bottom of your pan and harden. Not likely to drain out when you change oil in the spring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve G. View Post
    I'd change the oil just to get rid of that shite Motul.


    my thoughts exactly... i hated Motul on my R1, bloody gearbox has never been notchier.. impossible to find neutral, ever!
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    I've only put about 400 km.
    Wow. Somebody is going to get a good deal when you unload that baby.

    You should be good till 2025 for your next oil change at 400 kms a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bacchus40 View Post


    my thoughts exactly... i hated Motul on my R1, bloody gearbox has never been notchier.. impossible to find neutral, ever!

    For sure. My engine ran hotter, clutch was sticky, and the gearbox issues you mentioned as well.

    Amzoil for the win.

    Oh, and yeah, oil storage worries have everything to do with acidic by-products of combustion from well used oil. There's not going to be a lot of this in 400km oil. I'd be ok storing an engine with 400 km's for sure.

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