Having a couple of discussions with people who know about oil has taught me that it's not so much the oil that is the problem, but the additives that loose performance with use and time. Someone else's information, not mine. Of course, in a bike there are factors not present in automotive setting. Sheer from the transmission mostly. So, given the state of oil today and the much improved formula's compared to twenty plus years ago, 5K miles between changes doesn't seem unreasonable to me, More than that and I'm skeptical. I want my engines to do more than just survive their normal lifespans. I want to get much more out of my machines than what might be considered normal.
So, I go with 4500 mile changes and flushes and other things at good intervals. Working so far.