In the '85 I got my first scooter, and assumed it would be just as reliable as my car. I still have the car I bought at around the same time, and it to this day has never needed any oil between oil changes. I started out checking the scooter oil every ride, then every week, then once a month. It never needed any oil either, so I got to the point where I couldn't remember when the last time I'd checked was. I think I was about 7000 miles into that scoot when it seized up on me during a ride home. Out of oil. Took 450$ish of 1990 money to get the engine rebuilt.
So Darth gets his oil checked every ride, period. Old scoot was a $2500 ride. New scoot is a $7000 ride. No question....check oil every ride!
I had to say "every now and then". But I'm going to start doing it weekly when I check my tire pressures.
As for Suzuki, if they expect folks to check oil before every ride why did they put the **** sight glass window where you have to get down on your hands and knees to see it (650 model) :?: A dip stick that could be accessed while sitting on the scooter would make a lot more sense.
The answer to how often I check the oil on my car would be "almost never".
I have to admit I've been a bit laxed when it comes to checking the oil. But once a week I check and add air to the tires.
The "Check Oil" idiot light, unlike a car, comes on when its just a little low. So whenever that comes on I simply add a bit of 20W50 oil. I really like this feature because if the "check oil" idiot light comes on in a car its pretty much too late!
I have about 6,000 miles on the 650 at this point (7 months of ownership) and I check the oil probably once every 4 or 5 rides. I do remember, however, when the Burg was newer (about 2,000 miles) that to my surprise/horror the oil idiot light came on (and stayed on). I did the visual check--and saw nothing in the sight glass :shock: . Took the cage to the auto store and added what turned out to be about half a quart to get in just below the full line. I think that in the beginning I was in an ignorant "with modern technology I really don't need to check very often...I can wait until the 3,500 mile service" mode. Mistake. Luckily no harm done to the beast.
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