We change our spark plugs once every six months (whether we think the motorcycle needs it or not). Additionally, if we notice any deterioration in performance, sputtering or backfiring, we change the spark plug immediately.
Four strokes do not “oil foul” plugs like two-strokes. Instead, they suffer from gap erosion. What is gap erosion? As the spark jumps the gap from the sharpest edge of the plug's electrode, it eats away at the electrode and the ground strap. When the sharp edge is worn down, it becomes harder for the spark to jump the gap.
You should never run a spark plug long enough for gap erosion to become a performance problem.
By: Richard (offline) Tuesday, 16 February 2010 @ 07:31 PM ICT
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Using the Iridium IX spark plugs give you outstanding acceleration, high fuel efficiency and durability...
By: Anonymous: griz47 () Thursday, 18 February 2010 @ 04:57 AM ICT
The Honda Phantom reccomends inspection at 4000 and change every 8000. Here they don't service properly so the plugs stay in until they breakdown. As mentioned you can get missing and backfiring when the insulation breaks down owing to overheating.
On modern motorcycles standard spark plugs and coils these days are extremely good, and service schedules often leave spark plugs for 20,000 kilometers between checks. But spark plugs don't last forever, and small deficiencies can cause slight misfires at high rpm that cut power.
Pull your spark-plugs out and check for cracks in the ceramic insulation or oil/water in the spark-plug tunnel.
If the motorcycle's fueling isn't perfectly set-up this can wear down the life of a spark plug as well. Some fine grit sandpaper can help freshen an old plug, but ideally you'll replace the spark-plugs with the recommended good quality spark plugs, not cheap no-name Chinese from the automotive shop around the corner.