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I am not Michael Jackson
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Quick question.

I winterized the bike with a fresh motul and oil filter I haven't had the chance to ride much this year,only 400 kms.:(

Do you think that I should change the oil again? Motul is expensive
 

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that's a toss-up here. Running the engine causes the oil to create mild acids that will eat the internals of an engine. I'm not sure if 400kms is enough to create them.

However, I will leave you with this: Is $50 worth of oil too much to spend to fix a potentially $1000 new engine? think about it.
 

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Shame! 400 kms in a year? :p

Even if the oil was 'older', it usually takes several seasons of neglect to see evidence of internal corrosion starting to form so if youre normally pretty good with the maintenance and upkeep I personally wouldnt worry about it.

And since youre running the expensive oil, it comes with more anti-corrosion properties than a 5$ walmart oil anyways.
 

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400 kms will be fine.
 

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Eh Muh Gawd Becky!!
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most of the acid is formed when moisture is introduced from heat up and cool down. 400k's is nothing for it. you'll be fine. winterize it and leave it. put a battery tender on it and don't start it up till your ready to ride it.
 

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When you say winterized do you mean that's the oil and filter you stored it with, and now you've run it for the season? You should dump oil from storage and add fresh. I'd change the filter also.

Oil is supposed to be changed before and after long term storage. Now Vancouver being what it is you can run storage insurance for the cold months and grab some day permits for the sunny warm days that turn up.
 

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I am not Michael Jackson
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When you say winterized do you mean that's the oil and filter you stored it with, and now you've run it for the season? You should dump oil from storage and add fresh. I'd change the filter also.

Oil is supposed to be changed before and after long term storage. Now Vancouver being what it is you can run storage insurance for the cold months and grab some day permits for the sunny warm days that turn up.
Thanks and Yes, it was winterized with fresh oil and filter then i rode it and only amassed 400km.
 

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It's a Honda. You should be good. Motul is good stuff. I wouldn't waste it.
 

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Fastronaut
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Fresh oil for me in the winter, and then fresh oil and fresh filter in the spring.
 

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Fastronaut
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^ why? does your oil 'break down' over the winter months somehow with the bike parked?
Yes it does, and storing in a humid area makes it worse. I wouldn't call most of the GRVD a desert that's for sure.

Condensation builds up and contaminates the oil causing corrosion. Also oil oxidizes when exposed to atmosphere. that means when you turn the key in the spring that "new" oil isn't at 100%. Add in light duty use that rarely brings the bike up to temp over the season and you've got a recipe for an expensive bill.
 

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If you're parking the bike and not riding it over the winter, the oil you put in before parking it won't break down while it's just sitting there. It won't pick up condensation, because there's no thermal cycling of the engine (starting it up, running until it's warm, shutting down, cooling, etc.).

If you choose to go ride it once a month during the winter, that's a different story.
 

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Eh Muh Gawd Becky!!
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very true. fresh oil sitting in a motor doesn't break down unless its heated above normal temps outside.
 
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