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post #1 of 38 Old 02-23-2015, 11:22 PM Thread Starter
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Oil Consumption Problem??

Just got my 2014 Glee on 10-31-14.
Babied it during the break-in period, and took it to the local dealer for the 600 mile service in early December.
I remembered noting the oil level was at the "Full" mark following this service.
Yesterday, with mileage of 2566, I noticed the oil level was at the "Low" level. I don't know how significant the difference in volume is between the two levels, but my question to the "Wise ones" out there is this: Should I be concerned about this amount of oil consumption for this amount of riding? How normal is this?
It is still obviously under warranty, so is this something that the dealer should address, or just normal oil consumption?
BTW, most of my riding is on the twisties at around 4-5K rpm.
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post #2 of 38 Old 02-23-2015, 11:33 PM
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I'd say to just keep your eye on it. If it needs attention, you'll know soon enough.

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Did you do both checks with the wheels on the ground and the bike held level? Both checks on the center stand would compare the same way. They do blow oil out the breather during long runs over 70mph, especially in hot weather.

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That sounds ominous!
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post #5 of 38 Old 02-23-2015, 11:39 PM Thread Starter
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Both checks were on the centerstand, with the (As normal) the rear wheel raised slightly. Haven't really gone over 70+ for more than perhaps 40 miles of the total mileage.
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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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Not really (re. the 'ominous' comment). That much oil in a thousand miles might be an issue, in a thousand kilometres (600 miles) it IS an issue, but in two thousand miles it's not such a big deal. Just keep an eye on it and top up as required.

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By "Babied it" I meant to say I followed the manual's limits on max RPMs pretty much to the letter. I also would not keep it at a steady rpm for prolonged periods in the early days, but tried to vary the rpms (My fathers advice) to allow better lubrication.
I decided to change the oil today since I will be putting on a skid plate soon, and yes, it was fairly dirty.

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Break-in period and babying an engine!!!!


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Its under warranty . take it back to the dealer

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