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Old 05-20-2010, 5:06 AM   #1
 
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Oil change at 6000Km

Paging through the owners manual of my 09 Fireblade a few days ago I noticed that the 6000km service recomendation says nothing about changing the oil. At 1000km yes, at 12000km yes but not at 6k? If i look in the sepearte service booklet provided it states "oil MUST be changed at 1K, therafter it is RECOMENDED that it get changed every 5k therafter. When I phoned my local dealer (bike dealer) he said the oil MUST be changed at 6k or my warranty will lapse? So what's the truth?? Believe the owners manual from Japan or believe the "local" service booklet provide by Honda South Africa. While on the subject, the owners manual says very little about running a new motor in other that "no full throttle openings for the first 500km's" but the service booklet gives much more detailed instructions, up to 1500km. Once again what's the real story

I know the pros and cons of changing oil regulary and will change the oil myself at 6k but would rather not pay dealer prices to get it done if I don't have too
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Re: Oil change at 6000Km

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Paging through the owners manual of my 09 Fireblade a few days ago I noticed that the 6000km service recomendation says nothing about changing the oil. At 1000km yes, at 12000km yes but not at 6k? If i look in the sepearte service booklet provided it states "oil MUST be changed at 1K, therafter it is RECOMENDED that it get changed every 5k therafter. When I phoned my local dealer (bike dealer) he said the oil MUST be changed at 6k or my warranty will lapse? So what's the truth?? Believe the owners manual from Japan or believe the "local" service booklet provide by Honda South Africa. While on the subject, the owners manual says very little about running a new motor in other that "no full throttle openings for the first 500km's" but the service booklet gives much more detailed instructions, up to 1500km. Once again what's the real story

I know the pros and cons of changing oil regulary and will change the oil myself at 6k but would rather not pay dealer prices to get it done if I don't have too

I would think a local-market document would over-ride the factory document since it would take account of environmental conditions. Of course, it could just as easily say that to take care of local dealers ;-)
You don't need to pay a dealer to change your oil, doing it yourself won't void your warranty.
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Re: Oil change at 6000Km

the service info for my UK RR8 states 8000 miles interval for oil change (after the initial 600 miles). Same interval as I had for my 2003 VFR.
I think historically, the biking fraternity (including dealers) were all set for oil change @ 4000 miles (~ 6000 km). But things have moved on specially the quality of motorcycle oil. Not only the mineral oil are better these days compared to 10 or more years ago but also there is a good selection of fully synthetic oil motorcycle oil.
As b'racer has pointed out, there are always local variations. If you want to be sure, contact the main honda technical people in SA & get them to confirm the correct interval.
Of course it won't hurt the engine if you change you oil at half the recommended interval; only your pocket. But remember, you ought to change your oil + filter at least every year even if you do less than 6000 km (normal road use).
As for running in, if in doubt, follow the owner's hanbook method
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