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Old 11-11-2013, 10:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm curious and somewhat surprised that my 2012 650 requires an oil change every 3500 miles.
Having had 3 BMWs with 6000 mile intervals, the Burgman's 3500 miles seems way excessive, considering how much better today's oils and engine materials are.
I'm seriously contemplating doing all 3 oils with filters every 6K.
Anyone else trying this?
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I'm curious and somewhat surprised that my 2012 650 requires an oil change every 3500 miles.
Having had 3 BMWs with 6000 mile intervals, the Burgman's 3500 miles seems way excessive, considering how much better today's oils and engine materials are.
I'm seriously contemplating doing all 3 oils with filters every 6K.
Anyone else trying this?
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Every 5000 km for engine/trans/filter, every 10 000 km for final drive. There's probably a margin of error in there, otherwise engines would blow up constantly.
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Is it under warranty ? If so I would stick to the recommended schedule.
If not you could go 5k , ledude has a schedule on his site for 5k 2nd tab on the maintenance schedule spreadsheet.
https://sites.google.com/site/testburgmancenter02/

if you use synthetic oil I would think you are ok.
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I figure it's really cheap insurance (oil + filter = $20) so I have the oil-change reminder set at 3600mi. If it goes a little over 3600, it's no big deal. Next time I'm going to change to Mobil 1 0W-40 full synthetic in engine and "transmission" (M1 10W-40 in there now). I changed the oil filter boss so that I can use the Pure One PL14610 filter instead of the Suzuki. Run synthetic 75W-90 in the final drive, which I'll change on the recommended schedule because it's so cheap, just a couple hundred ml of oil.

I just wish it were this easy to "insure" the CVT belt/bearings/pulleys.
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Mike, how long do you expect the CVT belt to last? There's not much talk about it that I've read. I'm at about 26k right now and I did some searching, but it would be nice to know how long they should last.
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I'm a novice (new rider and less than 2500 miles on my K4 with 20k miles) so I have no idea about the CVT. Frankly I'm not worrying about it, planning to take lardy on a 5000-mile trip in the spring. All I can do is be nice to it, keep the CVT cooling filter clean and not ride through floods -- although I did cover the cooling outlet with heavy hardware cloth to keep out the local parasites. Oh and I installed the Polish adapter which has about 1500 miles on it now, no problems, and changed the primary pulley stopper bolt. The original bolt had a few small nicks as expected but was fine otherwise.
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Change my oil like I did with my 400 at every 5k & rear end every 10k. Easy to remember 5,10,15,20 etc. Had no problem with my 400 doing it that way & was going strong when I sold it at 46k+
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I change mine every 4k miles now days using Shell Rotella's 15w-40 regular dino oil.
I change all three oils, engine, transmission and final drive with a fresh new oil filter.

I used to adhere to a 5k miles service interval when I was using Shells' full synthetic oil 5w-40.

as mentioned previously, if you are under warranty, adhere to the OEM recommended schedule.
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I change mine every 4k miles now days using Shell Rotella's 15w-40 regular dino oil.
I change all three oils, engine, transmission and final drive with a fresh new oil filter.

I used to adhere to a 5k miles service interval when I was using Shells' full synthetic oil 5w-40.

as mentioned previously, if you are under warranty, adhere to the OEM recommended schedule.
I agree. I have 46,000 on my 08 (Bought with 305 miles in Dec 2010) and have been running almost every oil change Rotella 5W40 Full Syn. I set my oil change reminder at 3600 and reset it once and when it comes back on I change all oils/lubes/filter, so 7200 miles for me. If I do put in a non-syn oil then I change it at 4,000 to 5,000.

If you look at any 50s - 80s cars oil change interval you will see 3000 mile changes recommended. Oil has come a long way, and so has engine machining when they make any 2000 and up car/truck/bike. "Iffie Lube" type companies want to keep the myth going about 3000 mile changes, they make $$$MILLIONS$$$ off of stupid drivers and waste thousands of gallons of oil every year. Fleet owners call BS and do "Used Oil Analysis" to prove that a change is needed. But these Fleet truck engines require 20 + quarts of oil and an analysis costs $25-$35 so if they can skip a change or 5, the savings are immense.

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