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Oil consumption GL1500

Postby Don Fonzarelli » Wed Jul 13, 2016 1:43 am



Can anybody tell me what the average oil consumption should be of a Goldwing GL1500?
I ride a 1988 in which my local garage recently put an engine in from 1999, because the 'old' engine (1994) was making a concerning noise.
What I do notice now is that the oil-consumption is significant different.



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Re: Oil consumption GL1500

Postby flyinrob » Wed Jul 13, 2016 7:12 am

I have a 96 Aspy with 132,000 miles on it and I change the oil every 3000 miles. Daily rider to work and weekly rides of 100 miles or more. Just returned from a 700 mile several day trip. The bike does not use any oil. I have never added oil between changes in the 3 years I have owned it. I always hovers right at the full mark.

Don't know if this is typical or not but this is my experience with the 1500.

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Postby Don Fonzarelli » Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:53 am

Thanks for your reaction.
I have 2 different experiences, therefor curious if there is some kind of an average.

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Re: Oil consumption GL1500

Postby Wingsconsin » Wed Jul 13, 2016 2:02 pm

ON either of the GL1500's I have owned they used NO oil between changes.
That is over 150,000 miles and 10 years of ownership - I change oil every 5000 miles and use Rotella T6 Synthetic.

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Re: Oil consumption GL1500

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Wed Jul 13, 2016 7:23 pm

I have a '97 with about 55K miles. No measurable oil consumption between 5K mile changes.

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Re: Oil consumption GL1500

Postby OldZX11Rider » Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:36 pm

I've only had my 1500 since last November. I changed the oil, and filter, on it and when I refilled it, I overfilled it just a bit. Maybe a quarter inch above full.
Rode it around locally a while and then went on a ride that was a tad over 4,000 miles. The oil level was right at the full mark when I got home.
Just changed it again and didn't overfill this time. :oops:
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Postby OldZX11Rider » Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:39 pm

I forgot to add it now has about 144,500 miles on it and it's a 1994 model.
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Re: Oil consumption GL1500

Postby Happytrails » Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:36 pm

Had my wing 3yrs now and change oil every 3,000 miles. Haven't noticed the engine using any oil.
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Re: Oil consumption GL1500

Postby Bobsiler » Wed Jul 13, 2016 9:49 pm

I have an '88 and use no oil between changes with one exception. Just took a 9 day ride and about 2700 miles. Two days, one near the end and one in the beginning i rode just shy of 500 miles at about 75-80 miles an hour each day. Both those days at higher speeds she used maybe a 1/4 quart each time.

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Re: Oil consumption GL1500

Postby OldZX11Rider » Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:50 am

I have an oil related question. If the oil level is on the low mark, does it take a quart to bring it to the full mark?
(Hope this isn't a stupid question.)
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Re: Oil consumption GL1500

Postby flyinrob » Thu Jul 14, 2016 3:35 pm

Not sure, may just need to add a bit at a time and see where the level goes. Not sure of the quantity between the two marks on the dipstick.

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Re: Oil consumption GL1500

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Thu Jul 14, 2016 4:35 pm

My 1988 1500 uses a very very small amount of oil- small enough you cannot measure the loss between oil changes.

Every motor uses some oil as it must - when the oil splashes up under the cylinder walls, the rings wipe most of it off, but there is the smallest amount left over which inevitably gets used up in the combustion process.

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Re: Oil consumption GL1500

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Thu Jul 14, 2016 5:00 pm

OldZX11Rider wrote:I have an oil related question. If the oil level is on the low mark, does it take a quart to bring it to the full mark?
(Hope this isn't a stupid question.)


I can't tell you, but I'm almost certain it's not a quart. I can tell you, be very careful about over filling it. DO NOT exceed the high end of the dip stick hash marks. At best, overfilling will make your shifting stiffer than it should be.....I found out. I also found out that the specified 3.9 qts. with filter change is not accurate. I have performed probably 3-4 oil changes now, by filling as directed in the owners manual, using the dipstick as the correct level indicator. Mine tends to use about 3.5 qts. to fill to the top hashmark, every time. 3.9 will over fill it, every time. Smoother shifting is the payoff. The worse side effect of overfilling, is to have the oil get whipped up inside the engine, causing air bubbles to be suspended in the oil, and reducing or eliminating lubrication. Very Bad.

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Re: Oil consumption GL1500

Postby OldZX11Rider » Thu Jul 14, 2016 5:42 pm

The first time I changed the oil, I was trying to get that 3.9 quarts in to it when I discovered I was a bit over.
I was a bit more careful this time when I changed the oil and filter. And I don't know if it's just me, but right after the oil change, the engine seems to run a bit smoother. :D
I'm ready to head out again on another nice, long ride. :D
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Re: Oil consumption GL1500

Postby bstig60 » Fri Jul 15, 2016 12:09 am

My 88 had 70K miles on it when I sold it and I changed the oil every 5000 miles or so with no oil use. I did a 5500 mile trip with it in 2013 and did not use any oil on the trip. My 99 now has about 23000 miles on it and I just changed the oil at 5000 miles and the oil level was right where it was when I changed it last time. I use Mobil 1 Full synthetic 15w50 in all my bikes.
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Re: Oil consumption GL1500

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:07 pm

I will echo the experiences here - my GL1500 uses no oil between changes.

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Re: Oil consumption GL1500

Postby Charlie1Horse » Tue Jul 19, 2016 1:07 am

My 92 Interstate uses a little and it smokes a bit when I start it up. It needs valve seals and parking on the side stand it seems to get a little oil in the left cylinders. I have not tried parking on the center stand but I have read that it may stop this problem. It may use a quart between changes, (not bad).
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Re: Oil consumption GL1500

Postby keithg64 » Thu Jul 21, 2016 1:59 pm

I have 155k on my bike and use about 1/4 quart or a little more between the 4k mile oil change. Thinking about changing to synthetic and see if that makes a difference in consumption and smoothness. Someone told me that if you change to synthetic you can't go back to Dino oil. He did not explain why. That don't sound right to me.
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Re: Oil consumption GL1500

Postby Wingsconsin » Thu Jul 21, 2016 2:03 pm

keithg64 wrote:I have 155k on my bike and use about 1/4 quart or a little more between the 4k mile oil change. Thinking about changing to synthetic and see if that makes a difference in consumption and smoothness. Someone told me that if you change to synthetic you can't go back to Dino oil. He did not explain why. That don't sound right to me.


At this point I would NOT make the change --
Here is why --
The Synthetic tends to have greater flow properties
The synthetic tends to have more additives some of which are detergent like
The synthetic MAY reveal a leak you never knew you had as it was too small for regular dino oil or clogged previously.

I speak from experience as I made the change on my GL1200 as it neared 75,000 miles and this was my experience.

Keep the old gal happy on regular oil and filter changes of whatever she is used to drinking and ride on...
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Re: Oil consumption GL1500

Postby Bluewaterhooker0 » Thu Jul 21, 2016 6:41 pm

keithg64 wrote:I have 155k on my bike and use about 1/4 quart or a little more between the 4k mile oil change. Thinking about changing to synthetic and see if that makes a difference in consumption and smoothness. Someone told me that if you change to synthetic you can't go back to Dino oil. He did not explain why. That don't sound right to me.


This makes for informative reading

http://bobistheoilguy.com/motor-oil-101/

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Re: Oil consumption GL1500

Postby Don Fonzarelli » Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:57 pm

I thank everybody for their contributions.
I noticed a couple of GL1500's in this inquiry that don't consume oil at all. To be honest, that sounds a bit strange in my very humble opinion.
I never heard of any combustion engine that doesn't consume any oil. It's part of the process.
The reason of my question is that I 'd like to find out if the oil consumption of the GL1500's that I know of here in the Netherlands is so much different than anywhere else.
Besides my curiosity, I'd like to find out of there are treatments to lower any oil consumption or that one just have to live with that.
Anybody?

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Re: Oil consumption GL1500

Postby dingdong » Fri Jul 22, 2016 7:30 am

My 93 with 80k miles exhibits no (visibly measurable) ;) oil consumption between changes.
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Re: Oil consumption GL1500

Postby Wingsconsin » Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:24 am

I had a 1980 GL1100 that used oil between changes.
Every 1000 miles it would need to be topped off with about a pint...
It was like changing oil continuously -- then every 5000 miles I changed it and got a new filter in.
I was using Delo 400 regular dino oil on that one.
My old GL1200 was never an oil consumer until I switched to Synthetic - then it leaked a few drops in a few places.
I changed some seals and closed most of them up - but it was never the same again up tot he day I sold it.
The GL1500's I have had never consumed oil ...
Lucky ? Perhaps.. but those covered a LOT of miles for me.
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Re: Oil consumption GL1500

Postby keithg64 » Fri Jul 22, 2016 11:29 am

I read somewhere, possibly on this site, that adding Marvel's Mystery Oil for the last 500 miles before an oil change will clean out the inside of your engine and around the rings and the what not to possibly reduce oil consumption. I have used MMO for a few hundred miles or less before the oil change a couple of times. Not real sure if it had made a difference.
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Re: Oil consumption GL1500

Postby hugger-4641 » Mon Jul 25, 2016 7:50 pm

My bike uses no oil between changes. I have a '94 Aspencade with over 140k miles, had 33k when I bought it. I change the oil and filter every 5k miles because it is easy to remember that way. I usually buy either Mobile One 10w-40 or Amzoil, depending on what's available at the time, but once or twice I've had to use Valvoline 10w-40 synthetic blend.
Of course every I.C. engine does burn a little oil, and there probably is an imperceptible drop on the dip stick level right before oil change, but it has never been enough for me to even notice, definitely never been anywhere close to making me add any oil. Once in a while, if the bike has set on the side stand for a few days, I'll notice a little blue smoke when it cranks up, but not much.




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