HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CHANGE MY OIL IN MY HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE?
Whether you have a brand new Harley-Davidson or a vintage model, changing the oil is going to be part of ownership. How often to change your oil depends on many factors, but none more important than mileage and time.
At John Elway Harley-Davidson, we recommend changing your oil according to the specific model service manual. As a rule of thumb for Harley's newer than 2005, you change oil at a minimum every 5000 miles or once a year, whichever comes first.
WHAT KIND OF OIL SHOULD I USE ON MY HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE?
There are two main types of oil that Harley-Davidson Motor Company recommends for their engines.
- Harley-Davidson 360 20/50 Engine Oil. This oil is the most common type of non-synthetic oil for most Harley-Davidson motorcycles. For 99% of the Harley-Davidson motorcycles on the road, this is the right oil.
- Harley-Davidson Screamin Eagle Full Synthetic SYN3 20/50 oil. This is standard in all new CVO models since the early 2000s and is great for all bikes, especially higher mileage Harley's. SYN3 is a little more expensive but can be worth it for certain types of riders and engines.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SYN3 (SYNTHETIC OIL) AND REGULAR OIL?
Synthetic oil has a higher viscosity and thus a lower running temperature. Resisting oil breakdown, which makes it last longer than conventional oil. Withstanding higher temperatures than conventional oil, which helps keep engines running longer. Flowing in cold temperatures, thus reducing engine wear during frigid startups.
Regular oil doesn't have the same chemical properties as synthetic oil, but is absolutely effective in engine lubrication and has been approved and recommended for Harley-Davidson engines for a long time. If you're changing your oil often, then regular oil is completely fine for you.
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John Elway Harley-Davidson
Address: 3010 W 29th St, Greeley, CO 80631
Phone: (970) 351-8150