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Dealer just did the first 1,000km service on my Valkyrie. I was underneath poking around and started to think that the oil filter looks very much like the OEM one…ie lots of Japanese writing on it. Now I'm wondering if someone forgot to actually change the filter (?) How can I tell?
 

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You can’t tell. You’ll have to rely on the honesty of the dealer. One work around is to do the oil change yourself and save money as well. Oil filters from Fram and others are on par with Honda’s for less money. Applies to Mobil 1 synthetic oil and other name brands as well.

Ask the dealer if they use oem filters. If all they use are after market, there you go.
 

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One way to tell is to simply make a mark on the filter just before you take it in. A small dent with a ball peen hammer, and etch of your initial with a nail, etc. If you're really concerned about the dealer, or just to test a never before used dealer, it's worth the small trouble. My brother says I'm paranoid. I'm not. I just like him thinking that. (I'm 67 and he's still three years younger, so it works.)
 

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I can't understand why a deal wouldn't replace a $5.00 filter, but if he did that, I would be suspicious about the oil he used as well. I only use synthetic oil and change it according to the manufacturer's recommendation.
 

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One way to tell is to simply make a mark on the filter just before you take it in. A small dent with a ball peen hammer, and etch of your initial with a nail, etc. If you're really concerned about the dealer, or just to test a never before used dealer, it's worth the small trouble. My brother says I'm paranoid. I'm not. I just like him thinking that. (I'm 67 and he's still three years younger, so it works.)
I mark my wheels when I take my truck in for an oil, filter and tire rotation to avoid a previous issue with a dealer lying about the work done.
 

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Thanks all. I don't in any way doubt the integrity of my dealer - they're actually great guys - but I know sometimes when you're busy you can just forget stuff. I like the idea of marking things discreetly before taking bike in - will definitely do that in future. And I guess to put my mind at rest I'll simply go back and ask. Just have to do it tactfully so as not to get them offside ;)
 

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Aside from appearance I don’t know if you can. Is there a road film anywhere on it?
Come to think of it, it was pretty clean. At the time I didn't think that much of it because I thought the whole bike was "clean" under there (being new). But I have checked again and yes, the thing has filmed up now after only a few more days - suggesting that the filter was indeed a new one. Good suggestion ;)
 
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