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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 11-05-2012, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
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Storage and first oil change

My wifes Nightster didn't make it even half way to the first oil change at 1000 miles. My question is this, what are your oipinions about leaving the breakin oil over the winter to continue the recomended breaking period in the spring, or do you guys feel changeing it out at around 350 miles would be a better idea incase there are contaminates in her oil that really shouldn't set that long?

I'm thinking leaving it in there is a good idea, let me know what you think...?
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I would leave it. Should not hurt anything. I got my 1000 mile service done yesterday at 750 miles but if I were under 500 I would have waited.
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My wifes Nightster didn't make it even half way to the first oil change at 1000 miles. My question is this, what are your oipinions about leaving the breakin oil over the winter to continue the recomended breaking period in the spring, or do you guys feel changeing it out at around 350 miles would be a better idea incase there are contaminates in her oil that really shouldn't set that long?

I'm thinking leaving it in there is a good idea, let me know what you think...?
Change it. Old oil with metal shavings, cool temperatures leading to condensation, you get the picture....

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Change it. Old oil with metal shavings, cool temperatures leading to condensation, you get the picture....

It may be that the only purpose for your life is to serve as a warning to others.
Metal shavings?? only way you would have that is if there is a bigger issue than an oil change or it was in the oil that was put in the bike.

Me personally, I would leave it and change it in spring. I bought a bike that sat for almost 4 years without being started or fluids changed. I changed the oil and went on that oil for 600 miles then changed again. I don't see any problem with leaving the oil in the bike.
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Heat the bike up COMPLETLY,,that means a hot bottom end.

Change the oil and filter for storage..

Why ?

Fresh oil n filter is mighty cheap Insurance on a $10k plus Investment thats why !


I also would fear ethanol gas even with a additive...

I parked mine for a month with StarTron In the FULL tank of E-10
It smelled like paint thinner at three weeks,,,
Ran ok but still,,makes me very nervous,,Injectors are expensive..

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Keep riding. Too early to store it.

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I've got seafoam in the gas and rode it a good while yesterday to get that all through the system, was just not sure about the oil. whast a quandry...
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Metal shavings?? only way you would have that is if there is a bigger issue than an oil change or it was in the oil that was put in the bike.

Me personally, I would leave it and change it in spring. I bought a bike that sat for almost 4 years without being started or fluids changed. I changed the oil and went on that oil for 600 miles then changed again. I don't see any problem with leaving the oil in the bike.
It is normal with new operation to see fine shavings in motor oil as the parts wear in. Strips or chunks is another matter entirely.....

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Oil is cheap insurance. I would change it and replace the filter.

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It is normal with new operation to see fine shavings in motor oil as the parts wear in. Strips or chunks is another matter entirely.....

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Got ya. Since I've never owned a brand new bike, I wouldn't know anything about that.

Good call on that one.
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