Taking off on my trip to South America next week!!!! Wow!
Anyways; quick question about oil. My '05 DL650 has 31,200 miles on it. In April; I changed the oil thanks to enumclaw (on this forum; and my first oil change I've ever done!); and I believe we got the levels right. We did this around 28,500 give or take a few. 10-40 Synthentic.
It's now around 3K miles later; and I noticed that my oil level (checking on perfectly level ground and balancing the bike one armed so it's upright on both wheels); is slightly below halfway between the low and high level marks. I have not added any oil at this point.
Ok you knew I was going to ask some questions:
1) Is this a problem? From my research (such as: http://www.stromtrooper.com/v-strom...s-discussions/2163-dl650-oil-consumption.html
; it appears as though some V-Stroms have some oil burn between changes; especially if putting high RPMs on the bike for long distances (i was riding about 80Mph to portland and back these last few days).
2) How severe (if at all; would this problem be)? I'm kind of paranoid especially as I'm setting out on a 15-20K mile trip.
3) Without inciting a oil thread war; it seems like 15-40 would be an OK oil to run at warm temperatures (I plan on being in warm places on the way down). I put synthetic in this time but I plan on doing dino oil the whole way down as I am guessing that will be easier to obtain than synthetic stuff. Does this sound reasonable?