How much oil burn is acceptable?


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undrugger
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How much oil burn is acceptable?

Postby undrugger » Tue May 07, 2013 12:49 pm



I'm fairly new to the Goldwing world. I bought a '80 GL1100 last August and have been granted a kitchen pass to upgrade to a GL1500. One that I have in my sights is a '90 SE with 115,000 miles. I live in a remote area, so I have to conduct much of my research from afar before I drive 5 hours to look at it. When I asked the seller if it burns oil, he responded that "it burns the normal amount of oil for the amount of miles on it." While I wait for his clarification on exactly how much that might be, can anybody give me an idea of what my threshold should be before I continue my search?

Thanks in advance for your help!



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Re: How much oil burn is acceptable?

Postby ct1500 » Tue May 07, 2013 12:59 pm

Sounds like he doesn't know and could be due to the fact he has not owned the bike long enough to know its behavior. Could be unloading a problem child or ?

If the response was it needs a dash between a 7k change interval it would show more knowledge of his ride.

Could be lots of reasons why someone doesn't know their ride.
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Re: How much oil burn is acceptable?

Postby artgrantz » Tue May 07, 2013 1:01 pm

If I ask a seller a question and he gives an evasive answer such as that, I will not do business with him.
As a general rule Goldwings do not burn oil if they are cared for properly. The exception to this is an occasional puff of smoke from the left exhaust on startup, usually caused by a worn valve guide that allows a little oil to drip into the cylinder when the engine is cold and the bike is on the sidestand.
I just sold a 96 GL1500 with 155,000 miles on it and I never had to add oil between changes.
I hope this is helpful. Good luck in your search.

undrugger
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Re: How much oil burn is acceptable?

Postby undrugger » Wed May 08, 2013 8:25 am

Thanks for the advice. I will continue with my search. There seems to be plenty of bikes in my price range for the year and mileage I'm looking for.




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