Spring Oil Change Question - GL1800Riders
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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-10-2017, 05:49 AM Thread Starter
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Spring Oil Change Question

I always change the engine oil right before putting my Wing away for the winter. Except this year - just didn't have the time. When it's time to ride in the Spring, what's the best procedure for changing the oil? Warm the bike up and then drain it? Or just drain it cold, before starting the bike? TIA.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-10-2017, 06:43 AM
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Warm it up and then drain.
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Always warm the oil first. According to my manual, engine should run for two minutes. Besides warming oil for better flow, IMO, it helps to stir up and mix "dirt" so it will be carried out with old oil.

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I always change oil after a ride long enough to bring it up to operating temperature. I like to wait half an hour or so to let the filter cool down a bit so it's not too hot to handle. I usually let it drain at least an hour before refilling.

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-10-2017, 08:20 AM
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I do my oil change after a ride, as soon as I can touch the drain plug without too much pain. The warm oil gets to drip from the drain until I can handle changing the filter.

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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-10-2017, 08:40 AM
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With modern oils, especially synthetics, and filters, I change mine every 10K miles when ever that occurs. If it sits over the winter, so be it.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-10-2017, 09:05 AM
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I am going to use a pair of these gloves next oil change.


Disclaimer: Just because I am going do this does not mean you should.
Safety should always be the first concern.
You could possibly get burned.

I thought about these gloves as I was using them to take a pork butt out of the smoker.
They grip well, are liquid resistant and handle heat very well.
If they can keep me from getting burned by a hot piece of meat fresh out of a smoker, they should be able to handle an oil filter/drain plug with no problems.
Hot oil drains faster and better from my experience.

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-10-2017, 05:33 PM
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And a little motor oil on the gloves will be tasty when you cook your next pork butt!
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And a little motor oil on the gloves will be tasty when you cook your next pork butt!
Better yet marinate it in 10w-40 with some garlic & spices overnight and your friends will be coming over every weekend for a BBQ.

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