Question about kawasaki ZX-14 Motorcycles
Whenever you feel it should be!..if you have to ask yourself, then its always a good time to at least change the oil....i go every other change without the filter also.Then depending on how hard you ride the bike and if you occasionally mis-shift and grinds gears i would change the oil because the same oil that lubricates the gears lubes the engine.
Oh! is this a brand new Bike! then the whole story is different, I hope that you rode it hard for the very first 20 miles, because that is the most critical time to break in an engine. don't listen to those factory beak-in routines they're wrong... you should not baby a new engine in its first 20 miles because this is the best time for the cylinder walls to seat in the piston rings and the pistons rods will stretch higher, above the normal wear lip, and then in the near future.. whenever you get on it, and everything is loosened up, and the pistons want to go higher, it'll get that extra1000th of an inch without cracking a ring an then start using a lot of oil. but not all is lost if you havent put synthetics in the motor yet..at least if you havent done that then you can still break it in, just use regular 10w40 motorcycle oil, but it will have to be at freeway speed or higher, do it safe though.. go for a mile at very high rpm almost to the red line "do not get near the red line" just go one or two notches below it, or so, then go back to regular riding.. ride like this for about a couple hundred miles and it should be alright to change the oil. See if your bike can use semi-synthetics it wont cause clutch slippage. i dont know what kind of clutch plates you have, im sure they probably dont use cork (which swells up),anymore, i replaced mine with a Barnet kevlar friction plates. love it!
You just cant say how many miles till you change the oil on a bike, it is not a car, this is a high performance macjhine not a hog! it doesn't work that way..it all depends on how you abuse the bike...you have a 1400 so i suppose you not going to baby this thing.. it was born to go fast. This will cause it more wear.. i race my bike, and im constantly hitting the red line. i accidently went two notches above red line so i got to watch it now! but that was because my clutch slipped on me, i burnt it up with a lot of quick starts off the line...usually a bike can go to max red line once or twice in its life, but if you do it a third time, your now riding on borrowed time. I changed my oil about every two months. if i ride it like i do everyday..winter time i dont like to ride as much so its every three or four months...you never go by miles.. because engine oil collect a lot of acids especially if you start it and only go on short trips..so you'll have to change it more often. Sorry i went on here!
Hope you found this information helpful.
Tip: dont ride tired..take it from me, you'll get target fixation a lot easier.
Posted on May 04, 2010
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