My last oil change was Jan 4th 2019 @ 2900 miles
I had been seeing small puddles of oil on the ground and I remembered that I had reused the old crush washer so I decided to change the oil today.
In the sight glass i noticed the oil looked very dark. When I performed the oil change today @ 6550 miles (that is +3650 miles since the previous oil change of 6 months ago) the oil was very black and dark.
This is with Walmart conventional SuperTech 10w40 oil. I think I may switch to the Rotella oil its only about $5 more and with the Rotella I would feel comfortable to go the full 8000 miles
Do you think I should be concerned about the dark color of the oil?
If you read my post below you can see that YES I used car oil:
I know this is very controversial and some people may get angry. I used conventional car oil 10w40 that is NOT energy-conserving. On a separate motorcycle forum many members swear by that particular oil and have gone many miles with no ill effects. I certainly did not feel any problems with the clutch or shifting.
EDIT: Dog-gone it. I think the "oil leak" i was worried about was chain lube! Dang it!!! I really should have known better then to fall for this trick since I have been a member of this forum for 6 months.
The problem is that I use CVT gearbox oil as a chain lube so when I say some drops on the ground and dipped my fingers in it and looked at it: It looks and feels like oil. Then i smelled it: It smells like oil.
So I basically changed the oil with only 6 months and 3650 miles on it and I did so by mistake.
Its very tricky because today I literally saw a drop of oil on the oil drain bolt so if the chain lube actually has the ability to drip down on that exact spot....It was enough to deceive me into doing an un-necessary oil change.