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post #1 of 10 Old 03-15-2014, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Oil Change Required After Sitting?

I searched several pages of oil change threads and did not see an answer to my question.

I live in the Midwest and, unless you are a die hard, there are 2-3+ months where riding is risky or not practical due to snow, ice, and cold wet weather. Especially this year. Consequently, my 2012 Strom sits in the garage during this time. Typically, I change the oil in the spring before I do any riding regardless of mileage. Is this necessary after the bike has sat idle for several months or should I just follow the mileage recommendations in the manual?
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Change the oil before putting it away. That way its not dirty oil with acid buildup.

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Your oil is fine.....trust me.

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Change the oil before putting it away. That way its not dirty oil with acid buildup.

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+1. My DR650 is my year round "sacrificial" bike, but my DL gets benched when the roads are salted. Since it only sits a few months it gets fresh oil + filter, then run for a minute to distribute the fresh oil. Monthly one minute run to slosh the oil around. If you do that, springtime will just mean check tire pressures and overall inspection and off you go with good oil. Been working for me for several decades.
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I would follow the recommended mileage. I changed mine at 1000 km's and it only had 3000 kms when I put mine away. I put it on the road again last weekend and wont change it until 5000 km's. I find a lot of people are paranoid about changing oil. Just follow the recommended mileage and the bike will be fine.

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I would follow the recommended mileage. I changed mine at 1000 km's and it only had 3000 kms when I put mine away. I put it on the road again last weekend and wont change it until 5000 km's. I find a lot of people are paranoid about changing oil. Just follow the recommended mileage and the bike will be fine.
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Remember all oil comes with a pack of alkaline additives to counteract oil acidification so there should be no problem at all.
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Monthly one minute run to slosh the oil around.
Not my preference. A very short run builds up moisture and combustion products in the oil that would vaporize off in a run long enough and hard enough to get the engine thoroughly warmed. I'd rather change the oil and let it sit than run it for very short periods.

Part of the additive package in motor oil are alkaline agents that counteract acids. These are shown in the TBN total base number on an oil lab test. However, there can be localized acid build up, especially in bearings. This doesn't usually happen, and just about any lay-up procedure works. My preference is clean oil before the lay up, then leave it alone until the bike can go for a long enough run to get it completely warmed (especially the oil) for at least 20 minutes or so.

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Under any circumstances there are no reason to change the engine oil after sitting.

As posted above it makes sense to change the oil prior to putting the bike away - if you believe that acid buildup in used oil can cause problems.

If you just follow the mileage/time recommendations in the manual you can't go all wrong.

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The ice is finally out of the driveway. I rode for the first time since late November. The final tank burned back then had marine Sta-Bil in it and the bike's tank was filled with fuel and stabilizer before putting her up. The oil was changed too. Then the bike wasn't touched again until today. The engine started up today within about a second of pushing the starter button.

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