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Your right about that, of the three Guzzi�s I�ve had none has used oil. But this UTV was owned by a 60 plus old guy and with it smoking so bad you would think that your oil level should be kept track of.
From what I can tell, most of the ATVs and UTVs that I see, at least the ones around here, are just throwaways meant to be rode hard and put away wet until they die, and then scrapped. Never heard a local kid (OR older guy) say "Yeah, I'll be spending the morning changing the oil and filters on my Rhino, checking the tires; say, what grade of oil should I use in the rear drive .... ?" They just whale the crap out of them and (as you note) sometimes take it to one of the three local ATV shops to get fixed when it won't start any more .....Lannis
What always amazes me is being wealthy enough to be able to drop big $$ on a toy, and then NOT being concerned about how to keep it running.
in fairness, there has been a definate trend towards "no user adjustable parts inside" in a lot of things. Cars w/o dipsticks, engine bits hidden under plastic cowlings that only come off with proprietary drivers, the by-and-toss electronics etc. Most bikes have not gotten that bad but if you've ever had to peal the plastic off a fully flaired bike to get at something basic like a battery (certain Beemers use to bury them in very odd & hard to get at locations) you get the impression they were not exactly encouraging home mechanics. 'Not sure if that is causal or a reaction to but it's real. If you grew up on a farm you pretty much had to know how to fix everything because there was nobody to call. Now most people surrender manual competency on most things as they haven't a clue how things work or go together. This of course makes you more dependent upon others which always struck me as the antithesis of what motorcycles were about, maybe why the trend has been slower to get there.
Have any of you noticed, older cars /trucks used to have grease fittings everywhere, but cars these days have none or very few. When I was a youngster working in a service station pumping gas, and doing oil changes/lube,the owner would test our knowledge by having us find and grease all the fittings on an old military Jeep. We usually would miss a couple......I think they had something like 25 fittings to grease, or more. Is this a sign of the times, where things are "throw away" , or are components actually built better where the can live their entire life with sealed lubrication?Rick.
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