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First air filter service--10K

Well, I turned 10K a little bit ago and thought it might be about time to service the air filter. It took a little over 2 hours start to finish, but there was a lot of down time--BSing with friends, waiting for the filter to dry in the sun, etc...

I had already had the cowlings off for The Buzz Fix, so I was pretty familiar with that procedure. Never had the tank off, but that was a snap. Disconnect 3 vent lines, 2 connectors and the fuel pump...easy peasy. I expected the filter to be pretty dirty, but it was really not that bad at all (sorry I didn't get pics, forgot). The one thing I noted was that the filter was very (like almost totally) dry--I don't know how much filter oil they put on at the factory or what kind, but it was either not enough or of poor quality. As a result I'm sure, there was a small amount of grit and grime in the air box, which a few paper towels took care of. I cleaned the filter and the cage up, let the filter dry, massaged in some good Maxima filter oil, and reassembled. I am going to go at 10K intervals from here on out unless I get into some prolonged dusty conditions. All in all, it went very smoothly and I am glad to know I have a clean filter down there.

I just wish it was as easy as it is with my dirt bikes where it is just two seat bolts and one wing bolt...10 minutes and it's done (I have a bunch of spare filters for those).
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Is it supposed to be oiled? I never had a street bike that had the air filter oiled... And I had many... FZ6, FJR, Bandit 1250, V-strom 650, FZ1, SV650, Tiger 1050.... many more. All had dry air filters....

Now, my old off road bikes had oiled filters....

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This was mine at 16,000km or 10,000 miles
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Is it supposed to be oiled? I never had a street bike that had the air filter oiled... And I had many... FZ6, FJR, Bandit 1250, V-strom 650, FZ1, SV650, Tiger 1050.... many more. All had dry air filters....

Now, my old off road bikes had oiled filters....

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Yes the V has a oiled air filter


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This was mine at 16,000km or 10,000 miles
Wow! Mine was no where near as dirty as that, but I am just a city slicker!

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Is it supposed to be oiled? I never had a street bike that had the air filter oiled... And I had many... FZ6, FJR, Bandit 1250, V-strom 650, FZ1, SV650, Tiger 1050.... many more. All had dry air filters....

Now, my old off road bikes had oiled filters....

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I'm guessing those bikes all had paper air filters, which don't need oil. The V's is foam and all foam filters, to my knowledge, need oil.

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Wow! Mine was no where near as dirty as that, but I am just a city slicker!
Have a 650 metre gravel driveway to get to the main road and do ride on a few small gravel country roads at times so that may explain the dirty filter.

The bike goes off line for 3 months at end of may and will be checked in a local shop for valve check and while they are there they can change plugs, clean or replace my filter, change my coolant, change brake fluid. Some of that stuff i usually do but will get the bike a good overhaul for it 3rd birthday ready for our 2011-2012 summer.
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