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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-05-2017, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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Question Bike sits 6 months, new oil? cheapest good oil as a bath??

I have a 2016 s1000rr that sits for 5.5 months due to winter here. I take the bike to the nearest BMW dealer that is 400 miles away to keep up the warranty. This time I did not travel there this fall for an oil change. The oil presently in it has 3,000 miles on it. It is due for a oil change April 16,2018. I have read that the motor should NOT sit in old oil due to corrosive elements in the oil, yet I will likely not use the bike till April 16,2018 when I go south to the BMW dealer. What oil would be good enough to let the motor bathe in fresh oil? Should the filter be changed as the bike will only be started to warm up the fresh oil which will immediately be drained for the BMW oil the dealership uses ( with a new filter). Any oil ( non synthetic or synthetic)?Your advice before I go and buy or use any automotive oil. Thanks

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-05-2017, 10:14 AM
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I would not mess things up with a different oil. Either run it it 'til it's good and hot and park it until spring OR dump the oil and replace it with the same stuff. How many miles are on the oil that's in it now?
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If it's oil that is due for a change, change it now. If it's new oil, just run you bike to full temp every 2-3 weeks and you are good to use it until it's due for a change. Do not put dino oil in it. I always change the filter, whether it needs it or not.

Mine is due for a change. I will replace it now, and ride it next spring - and run it up to temp during the winter.

As important is the Gas...make sure you deal with that correctly also!
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I may not have a popular opinion on this but I'll shoot anyways...

Put the bike up washed with proper tire pressure, fresh gas, clean and lubed chain and a full charge. Change oil within the first couple rides of next year. Enjoy

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I may not have a popular opinion on this but I'll shoot anyways...

Put the bike up washed with proper tire pressure, fresh gas, clean and lubed chain and a full charge. Change oil within the first couple rides of next year. Enjoy

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The factory interval is 6,000 miles or 12 months. Either change it now with good oil, or leave it with the old oil. Don't bother putting temporary oil in, that's just a waste of time, money and effort.

If you change it now, it will last the year or 6000 miles. Which puts you right into cold season again.
If you leave it, 3000 miles is not enough to need an oil change unless those were extremely hard miles, Oil lasts a surprisingly long time.

Instead of spending money on oil, buy a battery tender.
Spend the effort on starting and running the engine for 5 minutes once a month
Use fuel stabilizer in a full tank of gas.

Rest easy that you're doing good by your bike.
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Dump the oil and put in distilled water and some dish washing liquid. Let it sit all winter. It will be fresh and clean and will smell nice when its time to ride. I call it the winter detox.
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Dump the oil and put in distilled water and some dish washing liquid. Let it sit all winter. It will be fresh and clean and will smell nice when its time to ride. I call it the winter detox.
Lemon pledge should be used in place of dish washing liquid, even noob's know that.

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I may not have a popular opinion on this but I'll shoot anyways...

Put the bike up washed with proper tire pressure, fresh gas, clean and lubed chain and a full charge. Change oil within the first couple rides of next year. Enjoy
I usually store the bike with about half liter to liter of fuel in it instead of full tank.
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Spend the effort on starting and running the engine for 5 minutes once a month
This is incorrect. Resist temptation to put your bike through short run cycles in winter temps. Let it be. Ride it once it warms up.
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