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Offline Allisbolt

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Re: Maintenance Spreadsheet
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2016, 12:39:50 pm »
Was curious to know if this is for any bolt, or a specific bolt? Either way, I've already got them lol
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Re: Maintenance Spreadsheet
« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2016, 12:50:07 pm »
Was curious to know if this is for any bolt, or a specific bolt?

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Re: Maintenance Spreadsheet
« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2016, 05:10:54 pm »
Thank you, my good sir. I was a little curious cause on the yamaha website in itself, you can look up parts catalogs for your bike. I didn't know that there were 4 models of the 2014 Bolt R-spec until about an hour or so ago. Thanks again. Happy St. Patty's Day! Safe riding!
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Offline Young_makaveli

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Re: Maintenance Spreadsheet
« Reply #18 on: April 13, 2016, 07:51:29 pm »
This is only in mileage and not by time?

Like example replace oil in 7000 km or in 6months ?

What's more important ..the 7000km or 6 months?


« Last Edit: April 13, 2016, 09:35:30 pm by Young_makaveli »

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Re: Maintenance Spreadsheet
« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2016, 08:35:22 pm »
Allisbolt:

Since all Bolts built so far are basically the same bikes with a few different add-ons - the spreadsheets should be the same for all models.  of course that might change if Mamma Yamma does a big overhaul on the bike - but so far nothing significant.

And in 2014 - there were only 2 models - the basic Bolt, and the R-Spec - and just 2 colours in each.  Now you can add in the C-Spec, too.  So Nope - there's not 4 different models. Unless of course, you count in the Australian, Japanese, European and North American ones as different models.... then it multiplies to 8 - and now 12......
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Re: Maintenance Spreadsheet
« Reply #20 on: April 14, 2016, 12:05:31 am »
This is only in mileage and not by time?

Like example replace oil in 7000 km or in 6months ?

What's more important ..the 7000km or 6 months?

I don't think there's any mention of time-based maintenance other than some annual checks. It's based on mileage because if your bike is sitting in the garage for a long time, not much is going to change with it. Just comes down to common sense if your bike has been sitting for long periods. I haven't changed my oil since october, and I've put over 3k miles on it since then. I plan on changing it this month, but the oil is still fairly translucent so it's still in good shape. Just keep an eye on things, and don't over think it.

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Re: Maintenance Spreadsheet
« Reply #21 on: April 14, 2016, 06:27:09 am »
Hey Makaveli... as to your question about what's more important, the 6 months or 7000km the answer is both... which ever comes first.
The mileage wears out the parts from use. Time based maintenance really applies to things that break-down chemically and/or physically over time, like oil , brake fluid and tires...
Here are some guidelines for the time based maintenance:
Your engine oil should be changed minimum once a year (Yamaha recommends every 6 months) for a couple of reasons;  combustion gases cause  the oil to become more acid over time and this chemical process continues even if the bike sits unused. Overly acidic oil can cause etching on engine parts and is generally not good. Also oil itself loses it's viscosity properties if it sits too long (even in an opened bottle, so check manufacture dates if possible.)
Brake fluid can absorb moisture through condensation over time and this reduces it's effectiveness. (Braking starts to feel "mushy" because water can compress more than brake fluid so it doesn't apply as much hydraulic pressure). Water in the fluid can also rust the insides of brake components.  Brake fluid should be changed every 2 years.
Tires decompose slowly even if unused, especially if exposed to UV rays daily. You'll see cracking along treads and on sidewalls as the compound breaks-down. They should be inspected for cracking as well as tread-depth. Most mechanics say max age is around 4-6 years even if tread is fine. Hopefully you get to ride enough to wear them out faster than that ;)

Hope that answers your questions a bit.



« Last Edit: April 14, 2016, 06:57:57 am by bedheadjulian »

Offline Young_makaveli

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Re: Maintenance Spreadsheet
« Reply #22 on: April 14, 2016, 07:21:08 am »
well since I live in Canada I only get the chance to use to bike during the spring/summer time and it will be in storage for the rest of the time

I'm guessing it's OK to do the oil change every year I pick it up from storage?

Like I do an oil change in April then ride til like November and store it. When April comes around I get it out from storage and do the oil change ..ride til November and store it again and so on

Basically 1 oil change a year in April every year

Is that good?

Thanks again


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Re: Maintenance Spreadsheet
« Reply #23 on: April 14, 2016, 09:27:58 pm »
Makaveli:
As long as you don't go TOO far over the recommended mileage, that works out great.  That's usually what I do, but I have had the occasion where I ran the mileage high enough in one summer to need another oil change & maintenance.... then I started again next spring....
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Re: Maintenance Spreadsheet
« Reply #24 on: April 14, 2016, 09:41:36 pm »
Makaveli:
As long as you don't go TOO far over the recommended mileage, that works out great.  That's usually what I do, but I have had the occasion where I ran the mileage high enough in one summer to need another oil change & maintenance.... then I started again next spring....
I highly doubt I'll go over the millage recommended,I'll for sure go over the time but not mileage  ..  For example, I have had my brand new 2013 frs for 3 years now and only have 16 000km

So with the bolt I'll probably do my oil changes every year in April

1 oil change a year

Hope thats ok

And what do you mean by "TOO far" ..like how many km over did you go go warrant a second oil change in that year?

By the way you guys are very helpful

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Re: Maintenance Spreadsheet
« Reply #25 on: April 14, 2016, 10:51:03 pm »
And what do you mean by "TOO far" ..like how many km over did you go go warrant a second oil change in that year?

By the way you guys are very helpful

Loving this community :)

I did a 1500 mile run, plus a few others of several hundred, all pretty early in the season, plus commuting 75 km every day, and ran up over 6000 km on the bike before the end of July.... so yeah - it was time..... First time I had to do 2 oil changes in one year....
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Re: Maintenance Spreadsheet
« Reply #26 on: April 15, 2016, 03:31:46 pm »
Most fully synthetic oils are quite stable... the 6 month rule of thumb used to be for natural mineral oils which would "break down" faster. I do 6000km or 12 months with synthetic.  Ran my Honda Shadow for 18 years that way, never had a problem. The only thing I'd recommend is that you change the oil at the end of the riding season. The acid reaction from exhaust gases continues to develop even if the bike sits... so fresh oil won't be getting more acidic while you store your bike but used oil will. It also helps to spray a little oil into the cylinders before and after storage (remove a spark plug and spray some in with a can of lubricant or wd40) This prevents the cylinders rusting from condensation during storage and prevents a "dry start" in the spring.
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Re: Maintenance Spreadsheet
« Reply #27 on: April 15, 2016, 07:27:32 pm »
Good points, Julian - and add a little fuel stabilizer to your fuel before winter, too.  Especially nowadays with Ethanol gas, it LOVES water, and will freeze and separate and do stupid things in your tank over the course of a few months..... none of it being any good to your bike.  Starting it up a few times over the winter will help it too. 

Oh yeah - Battery Tender.....
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Re: Maintenance Spreadsheet
« Reply #28 on: June 15, 2017, 08:12:53 am »
Great thread with great comments. You all have brought up some things I would have never thought about!

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Re: Maintenance Spreadsheet
« Reply #29 on: September 02, 2018, 06:07:44 am »
Thanks for the spreadsheet. Great idea. It makes planning my C-Spec mods a lot easier.
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