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I bought my 2016 CTX DCT new in the fall of 2017. I now have 8600 miles on the bike, so I average 2000-2200 miles a year. I have had the oil changed or changed it myself each fall now for the past four years (plus the 600 mile oil change). I will keep on the annual schedule because it's not that difficult and I don't mind doing it myself. So, my question is really hypothetical: Is it really necessary to change the oil at 12 months with 2000 miles? Here in Missouri we have several good riding days (greater than 50 degrees) even in the winter, so the bike rarely goes more than a few weeks without getting ridden. I have a couple of other vehicles (old truck and boat) that are used maybe two or three times a year and I'm in the habit of changing engine oil on them yearly as well. Good preventative maintenance or a waste of oil?
 

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The main reasons for changing the oil at least once a year, regardless of mileage, are oil oxidation and condensation.
It is difficult to argue whether it is right to do it when you are not a specialist in this field. The assessment is entirely yours.
 

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That is a very highly debated subject. Not having any knowledge of the subject, I always default to "Can't hurt, might help". Luckily I put on more miles than you do and operate year round, so I just change at my desired mileage intervals.
 

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I'm definitely in the "can't hurt" camp. New oil works instantly and doesn't require a break-in period, so why not. My mechanic grandfather always said, "Mind the fluids if you want your car to last." It's served me well.
 

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I also change my oil yearly, with only 3000 or less miles every year.
My Jeep as well states to change the oil yearly or when the light comes on.
Necessary - I think not.
I'd guess you could go 5000-7000 miles and if that took 2-4 years, you have no ill effects from that.
AND for those that think no way - You will most likely get rid of the bike before any problems come from going years without new oil.
There is one on another bike forum that never oils his chain and swears he gets the same mileage out of one that someone that oils a chain every 500 miles does.

I've never changed tranny fluid in any car I owned.
And my past few cars have gone 158,000 - 212,000 miles of trouble free trannys!!
Current one is one 125,000 miles and growing.
 

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I bought my 2016 CTX DCT new in the fall of 2017. I now have 8600 miles on the bike, so I average 2000-2200 miles a year. I have had the oil changed or changed it myself each fall now for the past four years (plus the 600 mile oil change). I will keep on the annual schedule because it's not that difficult and I don't mind doing it myself. So, my question is really hypothetical: Is it really necessary to change the oil at 12 months with 2000 miles? Here in Missouri we have several good riding days (greater than 50 degrees) even in the winter, so the bike rarely goes more than a few weeks without getting ridden. I have a couple of other vehicles (old truck and boat) that are used maybe two or three times a year and I'm in the habit of changing engine oil on them yearly as well. Good preventative maintenance or a waste of oil?
Also, just FYI, the Honda CTX owners manual in the service schedule states that the oil be changed ever 8000 miles or once a year which ever comes first.
 
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