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I just got my first bike and having no riding experience whatsoever I have no clue how to perform all the maintnace needed on this bike to keep it in good running shape. The previous owner did not have the manual, so I don't really know what I should do. I've put about 500 miles on it I'm 3 days and it just hit the 4k mileage mark. Also should I use 87 grade gas or what? Thanks
 

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Use 91 but it doesn't really matter cause it's a 250 people say its not that big of a deal ummmmmm at 8000 miles is ur next big service oil change, new spark plugs, valve adjustment, n make sure ur oiling the chain like every 500 miles n always check ur tire pressure levels
 

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You should really get at least an Owner's Manual to properly answer your questions. A Service Manual is very handy if you plan to do more than just the regular maintenance.

I would change the oil and filter - you never know what's in there from the previous owner. I'd use Shell Rotella T6 synthetic 5W-40. It's a diesel oil, but is rated for wet clutches. It's commonly found at auto parts stores. Always change the filter when doing an oil change. WIX or NAPA Gold are a good choice if you don't want to buy an OEM filter.

Use 87 octane fuel without Ethanol. Search around here for more info.

Check the fluid levels and the condition of the air filter.

Tires should be 30-something, but you'll need to check for the exact pressure. There may be a sticker on the swingarm or chain guard that has the info on it.

You need to lube and adjust your chain regularly. Check around here for a thread with a link to a video from Canyon Chasers on how to adjust the chain.

Take a MSF riding course ASAP if you haven't already.


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87 octane is what the motor was designed for. There is no advantage to running higher than that with a stock motor. Check your swing arm or under the pillion seat for the sticker showing tire pressure. If you don't have the stock tires anymore, run the pressure listed on the tire sidewall. Spark plugs at 7500 miles. Inspect your air filter every 3k or more often if you are in dusty/dirty riding environment. Inspect chain slack and lube every 500. Lube more often if the bike lives outside, you're in a high salinity environment or if you ride in the rain. Use a real chain lube and chain cleaner. No wd40 on the chain.

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