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    Going Over 6,000 Service OK?

    I'm around 4,500 miles and would like to take a longer trip in a month or so. Is it OK if I take the bike in for the 6,000 service at like 6,500? I don't want to void any sort of warranty or cause any bike problems.

    Also, would it be better to have the service done before winter storage or after?

    Thanks.

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    500 miles over the service recommendation isn't going to be a problem. It isn't like the oil is good and 5,999 miles and turns to sludge at 6,000 miles. This will also depend on how the previous miles were ridden. A GS and must of the miles were off pavement? All short trips? Change it early. All long trips, touring? change it later.

    As for changing oil, I would change it in the fall ,before winter storage. Best to have fresh oil and make sure there is no moisture in the engine.

    We were heading out on a trip and my riding buddy mentioned he had to change the oil before we left, he had 3,000 miles on and changed every 3,500. I give him crap about changing way to often. He is the type of personality that gets ulcers if he runs over "his" service limit. He happened to ask me how many miles were on my Harley's oil, 4,500 miles. I normally change at 5,000. I thought he was going to need medical care! The whole trip he kept agonizing over the miles on the oil. I may have ruined the trip for him! We got back and I changed it at 6,000 miles.
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    If it were me, I wouldn't worry about getting the service done at 6,500 miles. In fact, you'd be 300 miles over, not 500, as the service is due at 10,000 kilomteres, which is really 6,200 miles. It's simply rounded down to 6,000 miles in the U.S. for convenience. I'd definitely get it done before you put the bike away for winter. If you're really concerned about going over 6,000 miles, I'd run it by your dealer.
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    Are we talking about a new bike here airic81? Or just a 6k service interval on a typical used machine.
    If new, when and how many miles are on the oil from the first change? ...or is this it?
    Because that fact brings different thoughts to mind.
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    I get the initial dealer service done somewhere between 5500 and 7000. After that I do it myself every 6k or at the end of the riding season. If on a long trip I donít sweat it; it was 8800 miles between changes to and from the Salem OR rally. I figured sustained runs are better than short hops

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    Quote Originally Posted by PoorUB View Post
    500 miles over the service recommendation isn't going to be a problem. It isn't like the oil is good and 5,999 miles and turns to sludge at 6,000 miles. This will also depend on how the previous miles were ridden. A GS and must of the miles were off pavement? All short trips? Change it early. All long trips, touring? change it later.

    As for changing oil, I would change it in the fall ,before winter storage. Best to have fresh oil and make sure there is no moisture in the engine.

    We were heading out on a trip and my riding buddy mentioned he had to change the oil before we left, he had 3,000 miles on and changed every 3,500. I give him crap about changing way to often. He is the type of personality that gets ulcers if he runs over "his" service limit. He happened to ask me how many miles were on my Harley's oil, 4,500 miles. I normally change at 5,000. I thought he was going to need medical care! The whole trip he kept agonizing over the miles on the oil. I may have ruined the trip for him! We got back and I changed it at 6,000 miles.
    Thanks for your help! I sound like your buddy but I'm trying to be more like you everyday!

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcopolo View Post
    If it were me, I wouldn't worry about getting the service done at 6,500 miles. In fact, you'd be 300 miles over, not 500, as the service is due at 10,000 kilomteres, which is really 6,200 miles. It's simply rounded down to 6,000 miles in the U.S. for convenience. I'd definitely get it done before you put the bike away for winter. If you're really concerned about going over 6,000 miles, I'd run it by your dealer.
    Thanks for your help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyhi2cfar View Post
    Are we talking about a new bike here airic81? Or just a 6k service interval on a typical used machine.
    If new, when and how many miles are on the oil from the first change? ...or is this it?
    Because that fact brings different thoughts to mind.
    Bought it new in 2020. I had the 600 mile service done which included an oil change but nothing since. It has 4,500 miles now. I ran into a guy with a BMW recently who encouraged me to join this club and here I am! He said to change the oil every 3,000 miles.

    From what research I've done, most people say to just go with the manual suggestion and wait until the 6,000 mile service and not mess with changing the oil earlier than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenfiddich View Post
    I get the initial dealer service done somewhere between 5500 and 7000. After that I do it myself every 6k or at the end of the riding season. If on a long trip I donít sweat it; it was 8800 miles between changes to and from the Salem OR rally. I figured sustained runs are better than short hops

    Pete
    Thanks for the info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by airic_81 View Post
    I sound like your buddy but I'm trying to be more like you everyday!
    As long as you understand that there is only one, true, Fargo you'll be fine.

    (PoorUB is from Fargo, ND)

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    My suggestion:

    Go on your trip, have a wonderful time, change the oil when you get back. When you change it, send a sample to a test lab (I use Blackstone). Dollars to donuts the report will come back that the oil was just fine. Then you'll know for a fact vs. anecdotal evidence and can stop worrying about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stooie View Post
    My suggestion:

    Go on your trip, have a wonderful time, change the oil when you get back. When you change it, send a sample to a test lab (I use Blackstone). Dollars to donuts the report will come back that the oil was just fine. Then you'll know for a fact vs. anecdotal evidence and can stop worrying about it.

    Enjoy the ride!
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by airic_81 View Post
    Bought it new in 2020. I had the 600 mile service done which included an oil change but nothing since. It has 4,500 miles now. I ran into a guy with a BMW recently who encouraged me to join this club and here I am! He said to change the oil every 3,000 miles.

    From what research I've done, most people say to just go with the manual suggestion and wait until the 6,000 mile service and not mess with changing the oil earlier than that.

    Your golden then! Just wanted to ensure that the factory delivery oil was not in use.
    Using your figures your current mileage on the oil is 3,900mi.
    And at 6.5k.... it will only be 5,900mi.
    IMO... 6k is enough though.
    "travel'n" John... on a 2015 R1200GS / MOA# 102452
    "Keep you a steady eye ahead, with a firm grip on the throttle, be ready with the brakes... for every mile of road, there are two miles of the ditch"
    (words of wisdom credited to fellow MOA rider Bill T.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyhi2cfar View Post
    Your golden then! Just wanted to ensure that the factory delivery oil was not in use.
    Using your figures your current mileage on the oil is 3,900mi.
    And at 6.5k.... it will only be 5,900mi.
    IMO... 6k is enough though.
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stooie View Post
    My suggestion:

    Go on your trip, have a wonderful time, change the oil when you get back. When you change it, send a sample to a test lab (I use Blackstone). Dollars to donuts the report will come back that the oil was just fine. Then you'll know for a fact vs. anecdotal evidence and can stop worrying about it.

    Enjoy the ride!
    Just like Bob said - Blackstone said each of my oil samples could have gone further

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