CALL ME ANAL, BUT(T)- Unless I am already on a trip, I change oil and filter on my Goldwing GL1800 every 3000 miles, even though the owner's manual says intervals are more like 7500 miles. End result- NO PROBLEMS, just routine service, in 113,000 miles (it's a 2001 model, and I haven't been able to ride it as much as I would like in the last couple of years, also not the only bike I own. Based on that info, you may have already guessed- I change oil AND filter (they are CHEAP- repairs often aren't!), and transmission and final drive every other time, based on 1000 mile intervals. Notice I said miles- should have said every 1500 (technically 1610) kilometers. Why? Primarily just to keep swarf flushed out. Oil changes and routine servicing of ANY piece of equipment is the cheapest form of insurance you can buy, not to mention reducing the aggravation of an unnecessary (and perhaps avoidable) breakdown away from home. If you do the math, I am pretty sure you can get many, many oil changes out of the cost of any kind of internal engine repairs. Rule of thumb- if in doubt, change the oil! You won't regret it, but you MIGHT (and I certainly hope not) regret it if you don't, and it results in serious mechanical damage. Enjoy your trip.
1993/94/02 Ural Deco Solo- Gone on to new home (NW AR)
2001 Goldwing GL1800 Tow-Pac Insta-Trike- Re-homed to Oklahoma City
1982 Honda CB900 Custom- Gone (Western SD)
1996 Ural Tourist- "Red Peril"- Gone back home to Indiana!
2012 Kymco Like 200i