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How Often Should I Change My Motorcycle Oil?

03 August 2018

How Often Should I Change My Motorcycle Oil?

The Purpose of Engine Oil

Motorcycle engines are composed of multiple moving parts that bring metal in contact with other metal. Ultimately this interaction can cause the metal to deteriorate, leaving tiny bits of metal to corrupt the engine. High-quality oil limits damage to the driver while capturing the bits of metal and accelerating their removal.

The Stress Oil Endures

Durable and efficient as it may be, engine oil eventually breaks down as its hydrocarbons decompose into other chemicals. Heat is a primary force in this disintegration, and prolonged driving can even cause engine oil to vaporize. Ideally, a motorcycle's engine you should be brought to operating temperature and kept there for 30 minutes or more at least twice a month.

The Influence of Synthetic Oils

Synthetic oils offer significant motorcycle maintenance advantages. While they cost more to use, they're also more able to manage engine heat and other factors that lead to oil degradation and contaminants than traditional oil. Many manufacturers recommend changing it every 5,000 miles or even longer.

The Bottom Line

Today's high-quality oils are far superior to their predecessors, lasting longer while also retaining their protective qualities. It is recommended that this type of engine oil be changed every 3,000-10,000 miles, based on the type of oil. If the usual routine for a motorcycle includes short rides and it is rarely warmed thoroughly heated during prolonged runs, then traditional oil should be changed about two or three times a year. Mineral-based motor oil should be replaced every 2,000 miles, semi-synthetic every 5,000 or 6,000, and fully-synthetic motor oil every 7,000 to 10,000 miles.

From an oil change to any motorcycle maintenance or purchase, Tecumseh H-D® is Tecumseh's source for motorcycling sales, service, and parts. We built our business on customer service, “no fees” pricing, and hard work. If your bike's oil is due for an oil change, then call us at (517) 225-1728 or fill out our contact form to schedule a maintenance service.