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Old 07-01-2015, 03:26 PM   #1
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Oil Change Question- time vs mileage?

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Got a question regarding oil changes I'd like y'alls opinion on. Got a 2012 Ducati Multistrada. Bought it about 2 years ago with 20K miles. Manual calls for oil/filter change every 7500 miles, with major service every 15K. The first year I had it, I changed the oil twice. Once at 22,500 (myself), and again at 30K (Houston Superbikes, part of the 30K service, something fancy and synthetic, I'm sure). Over the past year, though, I haven't been able to ride as much. Now the bike's at 32,500 miles, but it's been basically 1 year since its last oil change. Riding patterns have varied over the past year, sometimes I'll ride it around town every day for a month, sometimes it's sat (in my garage) for up to 2 months without being ridden. Very few long rides. The bike's been great over this past year, 0 mechanical issues. Starts every time, runs great. My question is this: do you think it's a good idea to change the oil now, or can I wait, and if so, how long? Opinions?
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Old 07-01-2015, 03:41 PM   #2
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Got a question regarding oil changes I'd like y'alls opinion on. Got a 2012 Ducati Multistrada. Bought it about 2 years ago with 20K miles. Manual calls for oil/filter change every 7500 miles, with major service every 15K. The first year I had it, I changed the oil twice. Once at 22,500 (myself), and again at 30K (Houston Superbikes, part of the 30K service, something fancy and synthetic, I'm sure). Over the past year, though, I haven't been able to ride as much. Now the bike's at 32,500 miles, but it's been basically 1 year since its last oil change. Riding patterns have varied over the past year, sometimes I'll ride it around town every day for a month, sometimes it's sat (in my garage) for up to 2 months without being ridden. Very few long rides. The bike's been great over this past year, 0 mechanical issues. Starts every time, runs great. My question is this: do you think it's a good idea to change the oil now, or can I wait, and if so, how long? Opinions?
you know in most manuals they never specify a time just miles. ive had five.

figuring some hardly do 7500 a year youd think it would be. anyways hows the duke?
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Old 07-01-2015, 03:46 PM   #3
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I change the oil in everything at least every year, no matter the miles.......well, except my lawn mower. it hasn't seen an oil change in 10 years........I can't remember the last time I checked it as a matter of fact....... hhhhmmmmm

ok, back on topic.

The engine will pick up moisture on the inside (not like we are humid here or anything) and it will sit with the oil. "starting and running it" helps boil it out, but only riding it and getting the engine temps up will actually do it right.

The filter is also picking up contaminants and holding them, along with the filter deteriorating due to age. I don't know the life expectancy of a filter, but for the few bucks they cost, I don't want to find out.

I guess, in theory, less than $100 in parts is cheap insurance on a $20k bike. my $.02
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Old 07-01-2015, 03:46 PM   #4
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Once a year is common if you're not hitting the mileage triggers in the service manual. It's mainly the condensation that builds up from short rides like to and from the corner store that is the primary concern. If your "short rides" get the engine up to full operating temp you can extend your oil change out to the mileage criteria since you'll be burning off the condensates with each ride.
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Old 07-01-2015, 04:13 PM   #5
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Rather change the oil and not need it than need it and not change it.
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Old 07-01-2015, 04:24 PM   #6
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I just put a pan under the bike while it's parked. What ever leaks out I pour back in when the pan gets full.
That way you never have to change it!
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I was changing mine every 3k but that was becoming a once or more a month deal so im starting to do it at 5k now.

Now my pickup is a different story, every 3 months or so.

remember your oil isnt just a lubricant, it doesnt turn black (orange amber w/e) from lubricating it actually picks up carbon from combustion.
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it actually picks up carbon from combustion.
And a lot of other byproducts
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This exact question has come up often among sports car owners who don't drive their cars often. Oil analysis has been done on cars that don't get driven much and there are no signs of aging oil as long as the car is stored in a garage.

http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums...p/topics/110/1
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Old 07-03-2015, 04:29 PM   #10
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I sat through a lecture from a Shell Oil guy once. He said that mineral oil interacts with the aluminum engines to create acids that corrode the engine. He said that synthetic oils do not do that. His recommendation was to change the oil every three months, regardless of miles, or use synthetic oil. I use synthetic and only change it when I hit the miles.
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