Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Central Tablelands, NSW, Australia
Ummm, babying it during break in period is not good for it, particularly the piston rings. If they have not been well seated to the honed cylinders by reasonable combustion chamber pressure early in its life they may glaze and that may allow a bit of oil to slip by...
When you say "babied it", do you mean to the limit if the manufacturers recommendation in the manual, or even easier/milder than that? Can you describe exactly how you ran it early on? Does the oil still look clean, or is it starting to darken with combustion products?
Not trying to be negative, but that comment caught my eye... It may be all is fine and there is a totally different explanation, but in any case, I don't believe I've put any oil in or seen noticeable consumption between changes. I ran mine in pushing the rpm limits in the manual, with lots if large throttle openings in the lower gears until I backed off at roughly the manual limits, to push the rings out against the cylinder hone, particularly in the first half hour....
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Last edited by Zone5; 02-23-2015 at 11:45 PM.