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What milage do you veterans recommend I change the oil on my new bike? I changed it at 500 miles and am just over 1500 total miles on the odometer. I've got an '04 Ninja 500R. Any replies are appreciated.
 

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First change is at 600 miles and then I change every 1000 miles myself! 8) Unless it's on a trip then I let it go to 1500 miles but short rides I do 1000.
 

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what makes a bike so different than a car to need it so much sooner? the high rpms that the bike sees constantly? remember i was a car guy, just gettin into bikes. sorry if this is a retarded question.
 

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jetedawg said:
what makes a bike so different than a car to need it so much sooner? the high rpms that the bike sees constantly? remember i was a car guy, just gettin into bikes. sorry if this is a retarded question.
High RPM's, the fact that the bike uses a 'wet clutch' which means there is motor oil all around the clutch, transmission too. When you change the oil you are flushing the clutch and the tranny fluid as well. Plus oil is cheap and keeping your bike in tip top shape is important. Fram oil filters from wallyworld are 5 bucks for the 500R. Its great being able to buy all my stuff there.
 

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This may hold the record for oldest resurrected thread. November 17, 2003 to January 27, 2012. Wow!
 

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?!?!?!?! Explain please. Sorry, I don't understand the end of the comment. Seems kinda contradictory.
Very good ! Yes, it is a contradiction.................just like me....................just like resurrecting a nine year old thread...................for absolutely no reason except because I can. :mrgreen:
 

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This may hold the record for oldest resurrected thread. November 17, 2003 to January 27, 2012. Wow!
Thank you ! I do believe you may be correct. I just love these old threads, they really bring back fond memories of a simpler time.........I wish they were in black and white........................
 

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I change the oil and filter every 1000 km. I do this because I enjoy working on the bike almost as much as riding. This is also a very good time to look for other potential problems and become very familiar with your ride.
 
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