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Do I Really Have To Change My Oil Every Year?

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Dear MOby,

I just saw your answer regards oil change. My manual says that I need to change oil every 3000 miles. But I only ride about 1000 miles per year (very short commute). By the book, I need to perform oil change every three years. Do I really need to change oil every year? Is it okay to change oil every three years, just because I don’t ride that much?

Thank you

PS: Just to make myself comfortable, I do oil change once a year.
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In my opinion, if you are taking lots of short trips, that would be harder on the oil than if you got the bike fully hot and did only 1000 mi / year in longer chunks.

If your bike was just basically parked and you took it out once every few weeks to get it all good and hot, then you could probably goa lot longer than a year with synthetic oil. I took my truck to an oil change place and usually they always said every 6 months, but these guys were now telling me that even it if took me 5 years to do 5000 mi. on my truck, that's when they would suggest an oil change.

Lots of people suggest doing it more often as cheap insurance, but if you don't live in a real humid area, and if you make sure the bike gets to full operating temp for like 15 minutes (to get rid of any moisture in the system), then you could probably go 2 or 3 years.

When oil was all $1/quart, then it was a simple decision to do it more often. But if you are using pricey synthetic, it should be good for a lot longer. (I was an engineer at Chevron for 12 years, so I know a little bit about this stuff).
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