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How Often Should You Change Motorcycle Oil?

As a motorcycle owner, you put a lot of money, blood, sweat, and tears into your bike. It’s important that you do everything you can to keep it running properly.  

One of the most essential tasks is to get a motorcycle oil change regularly. But how often should you change motorcycle oil?  

The answer depends on a few factors, but in general, staying on top of oil changes will help extend the life of your motorcycle’s engine. 

Since oil is the lifeblood of your bike, you want to make sure to change it regularly. But it’s not always easy.  

The Let’s Roll Heavy Duty motorcycle dolly makes changing oil even easier. Now let’s get into how often you need to change it.  

How Often Should You Change Motorcycle Oil?

So, is there a magic number? It depends on the type of oil you’re using.  

For mineral-based oils, aim to change it about every 2,000 to 3,000 miles. If you’re using semi-synthetic oil, you can usually go 5,000 to 6,000 miles between changes. And for full synthetic oils, 7,000 to 10,000 miles is the typical range. 

These are just general guidelines though. Your owner’s manual will have the recommended oil change interval for your motorcycle make and model. How often and how hard you ride also makes a difference. If you take a lot of short trips or ride in dusty conditions frequently, you may need to change the oil more often. 

How to Check Motorcycle Oil?

It’s good practice not to wait until you need an oil change to check it. Check the oil level at least every other week. Of course, be sure to check your oil before you head out for that first ride of the season. To do this, you should start the bike and let it warm up. Turn it off and set it on its kickstand or on the motorcycle dolly and wait a minute for the oil to settle.  

Locate the oil dipstick, usually near the bottom of the engine. Your manual will show you. Pull it out, wipe it clean with a rag, dip it all the way back in, and pull it out again. The oil level should be between the high and low marks on the dipstick. If it’s low, carefully add a bit more of the specified oil type until it reaches the right level. 

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Why Changing Motorcycle Oil Matters

Staying on schedule with oil changes is one of the best ways to avoid costly engine repairs down the line. Old, dirty oil can thicken and turn into sludge, clogging oil passages and leading to poor engine lubrication. This causes increased friction and heat, wearing out components faster. 

In a worst-case scenario, you may be leaking oil, and it can cause your engine to seize up completely when you are riding. This can cause severe damage to your bike and it is also dangerous.  

Motorcycle Oil Change Cost

The cost of a motorcycle oil change can range from around $40-$150 depending on if you do it yourself or take it to a shop. Considering an engine rebuild could run you thousands of dollars, the cost of routine oil changes is a bargain. 

Making Motorcycle Oil Changes Easier

We can all understand the importance of changing motorcycle oil. But it is not always that easy to move your bike around the garage or get it off the ground enough to drain it without making a mess.  

That’s where the motorcycle dolly comes in! Check Out Our Heavy Duty Motorcycle Lift and Dolly Today! 

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