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post #1 of 11 Old 08-23-2017, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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500 mile service

Hello everyone.

Hope this the right area to post.
I wanted to ask, My bike is getting to 500 miles. Dealer told me I should bring it in for servicing.
I am going to be moving soon to Georgia and wanted to know if this is necessary. Should be done or could I wait.

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You shouldn't need to bring it in for service until 1000 miles. 500 is the break in period. The owners manual should explain everything as far as when to bring it in for service
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I agree, 500 miles is too soon for a service.

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I changed my Oil and Filter at 500 Miles. Reason is, New Engine Break-In. And that the bike was made in Nov 14. Purchased on Sept 5 2015. The Oil was about 1 year old.

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Maybe an oil change after the first 500 miles, but shouldn't need a full service that soon. If they are insisting that you should halve the factory recommended maintenance interval they are just trying to rip you off, or maybe they know they did a have ass job on the dealer prep before sending the bike out the door.

It's good to do the first oil change early on any engine. If you can get an oil analysis or even have a good mechanic look at and screen the oil it may turn up issues that would otherwise lead to early engine failure. On airplanes the mechanics typically run the waste oil through a filter looking for metal filings. It's SOP to cut open the oil filter and inspect the filter element for any debris that doesn't belong there as well. On any water cooled engines the mechanic should be looking for coolant leaking into the oil. Even if the bike has been sitting on the show room floor or storage shed for an extended period of time there could be some break down of the oil or more likely condensation.

All of that being said, mine sat on the show room floor for over a year before I bought it and I didn't get an oil change until the 1K scheduled maintenance.

You may want to put a torque wrench on any of the bolts you can easily reach that get torqued during the scheduled maintenance. I did that and found nothing that needed tightened nor was overly tight.

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Under normal conditions, you should not need to service it until 1,000 miles. In the meantime check and see if there are any recalls that you can have taken care of at the same time. I know there were a couple of recalls on 2015 models but I don't know about later model years.

Also, when you make a service appointment, ask your dealer if they have all of the parts in stock. My dealer held my bike for 5 days, telling me every day that it would be done the next day because they were waiting on a part (fuel pump recall). I wish they would have been honest with me and told me up front that they didn't have the part. I could have been using the bike all week and would have had a lot less aggravation.

It seems like reviews on dealer service are mixed. Some have posted about positive dealer service experiences here, and some have had negative experiences.
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No reason what so ever to do anything at 500 miles. First service is 1000 miles and you can do it your self. On the XG it is so easy anyone can do it. If you have any question just ask. There is no break in oil it is just oil. It does not need to nor is there any thing to gain by changing it at 500 miles.
1K service go over the bike heck you should be doing that as you ride anyway.
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Shelf life

Dinosaur oil has a limited lifetime. Most manufacturers state the oil change interval as "xxxx miles or xx months, which ever comes first." Even unsold dinosaur oil sitting on the shelf expires. Components of the oil (paraffin?) 'settle out' and cause sludge in the engine. Synthetics don't have this problem. So 1000 miles isn't the only criteria if the oil is 'old'. Check out 'Bobistheoilguy.com' , especially the 'oil university', when you have some spare time.
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Being a Former Auto Tech, I have always changed my Oil& Filter at 500 miles. Gets all the garbage out. The Oil could have been inside the engine for a year like mine was. With a few starts and stops. Becomes Acidic over time. You could save some money and do it yourself. Besides HD parts, There are Quality Brands out there. HiFlo filters are Very good. And have a German TUV rating. Oil? As long as you use a Name Brand 20/50 with MA or MA2 Wet Clutch you're fine. Make sure its for Motorcycle.

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changed my oil with 20 50 synthetic at 512 miles had an old gray t shirt under the drain and didnt see any chunks or powder service dude at my dealer when i bought it said 500 was the big service checkup when i brought it back to them they said 1000 was the recommended time and to bring it back i guess the first dude i talked to wasnt there anymore one guy seemed a little miffed when i told him i changed the oil and filter myself sayin it was part of the service check so--- deduct it from the price ? not all of us are tards man yep yep so... i say change it at 500 yorself and again at the 1000 with the filter and the little o ring at the drain plug warmed up of course

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