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post #1 of 12 Old 08-18-2009, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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Defer oil change on a long trip?

I'm heading to Newfoundland this Thursday and Garmin Mapsource tells me that I'll be driving over 7,000 km... 1,000 km over the normal oil change interval.

I just changed the oil and have been using Mobil-1 MX4T for a couple of years so I'm thinking it should be OK to push out the oil change this one time. :devil_50:

I'd rather not waste half a day trying to get an oil change arranged while on the road.

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post #2 of 12 Old 08-18-2009, 10:13 AM
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I would think you would be fine... However, you could just pull into a local Canadian Tire (they sell the oil you use), buy some oil (leave the filter on) and ask to borrow a drain pan from service. Just do it in the parking lot and I would think they would be kind enough to dispose of the used oil for you. You already have the tools in you tool kit and it should only take a few minutes to do the actual oil change.

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post #3 of 12 Old 08-18-2009, 04:15 PM
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Since you will be on pavement (am I assuming too much?) you will be fine waiting til you get home for an oil change. If you went 10,000km you'd probably be okay.

If you will be in dusty conditions of course the need for service would be increased, but even so you'd probably be okay.

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post #4 of 12 Old 08-18-2009, 09:27 PM
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I wouldn't worry about it too much. If it was me I'd just watch the oil level and ride on.


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post #5 of 12 Old 08-19-2009, 06:50 AM
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I generally follow the ideal with respect to maintence. However, I suspect that our bikes and oil are capable of much more than we expect of them.

I also suspect that the Honda Cubs that transport 1/2 of the developing world are not pampered like our 'Stroms.
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post #6 of 12 Old 08-19-2009, 07:46 PM
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You did not mention whether or not you changed the filter. If you did, don't worry, just bring (or purchase) a quart and keep the level up. If you did not change the filter, get an OEM, and do it, and have a good trip.

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post #7 of 12 Old 08-19-2009, 08:51 PM
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Don't know bout 6K between oil changes, but your right on with the Rottie. I've had 4. Wonderful,smart and loyal.
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post #8 of 12 Old 08-19-2009, 09:08 PM
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A good quality synthetic oil= Mobil 1 or Amsoil will easily do 6,000 miles, change the filter at 3,000 and top off- no problem. Now on a hot aircooled motor it's a different story. I'm not sure what Suzuki calls out for milage, but it's probably around 6-7,000 with dino oil. Cheers-BB

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post #9 of 12 Old 08-19-2009, 09:23 PM
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The filter will easily do 6000 miles too. In fact, Suzuki's maintenance chart has it going over 10,000 miles before replacement. I prefer changing it every second oil change instead of every third. If over 3,500 mile trips are involved though, I'll change it at the beginning and end of the trip. It would take an over 10,000 trip before I'd change synthetic oil and the filter on the road.

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post #10 of 12 Old 08-20-2009, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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OK, I guess it'll be alright... I changed the filter last fall before putting the bike away for the winter... I've put 2400 km on the filter so far this season so by the end of the trip it'll have about 10,000 km or 6,000 miles on it.

I'll probably change the filter along with the oil when I get back home. Alas, there won't be much riding left in the season if last year is any indication (wet fall, early winter up here).

I just finished Day 1 of the trip today... 681 km. I think that's the longest 1-day ride of my life... I'm pretty stiff but otherwise it was no problem.

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