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Old March 6th, 2017, 08:54 AM   #11
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I think 2 things are toughest on the oil/engine:

If you store the bike for a long time it's best to do it with fresh oil.

If you do a lot of city riding were the oil engine doesn't get a chance to fully warm up, the oil will become more acidic.

I've come to think the black oil thing is more from clutch material than age. It seems to happen very quickly. I'm just guessing here.

Most likely, we're all overdoing it. Synthetics resist viscosity breakdown over time very well, watercooled engines function within a controlled environment, cylinder coatings prevent ring stiction on start-up etc.. I still won't wait for 9000 miles though...
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Old March 6th, 2017, 09:14 AM   #12
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I mostly commute on mine and when work is heavy for me, a lot of stuff falls by the wayside. So, a mid-cycle also serves a good opportunity for me to give the bike a good hands-on inspection of stuff I don't get to check each ride: chain, wear, torque specs, etc.
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Old March 7th, 2017, 12:37 PM   #13
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That makes a lot of sense. I rode with a guy who wiped down his bike every morning. He explained that he didn't care how it looked, but by doing this he could focus on seeing if anything needed attention. Lesson learned.
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