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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-01-2017, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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Dear MOby,

I just saw your answer regards oil change. My manual says that I need to change oil every 3000 miles. But I only ride about 1000 miles per year (very short commute). By the book, I need to perform oil change every three years. Do I really need to change oil every year? Is it okay to change oil every three years, just because I donít ride that much?

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PS: Just to make myself comfortable, I do oil change once a year.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-01-2017, 06:04 PM
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gee change once a year. Sounds like a cheap Charlie

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For real a year of those "short mileage" commutes are much worse on your engine and oil than 6-10,000 miles between oil changes.

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Strange looking victory, and I truly believe if you would use CRUDE oil then you can just keep it sitting in that engine for a million years or so...


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I'm kinda partial to peanut oil. You can get it much hotter before it burns off.

I only change my oil once a year unless I take a long trip or two on one of 'em. The combo of synth and dino oil stays good.

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The answer should have been "NO, if your commute is that short you should walk and sell your motorcycle to some who will ride it."

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This thread kills
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I agree with philmonger. Who in their right mind would buy one of these spectacular machines and not take care of it. Besides, oils attract water molecules as it sits. And let's not forget to mention that these victory engine and transmission use the same oil to lubricate their inner parts. Wouldn't want to much breakdown of viscosity for the lubrication of the wet clutch assembly.

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Bad advice if you ask me!

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Every 4,000 - 5,000 for me which is about 3 months at current usage ( the Vision shares time with another bike). So far so good. You can tell when the oil should be changed. The bike is very good at letting you know...
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