Oil consumption, how much is normal?

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Oil consumption, how much is normal?

Post by Five » Wed Jul 07, 2010 1:59 pm

My '82 gl1100i used between half and three-quarters of a quart in @3000 miles. I've parked it a lot on the side stand and I understand that this will increase consumption due to the left cylinders burning oil on start up. It's got 44,500 on the clock and I'm running 15w40 Rotella T for the record.

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Re: Oil consumption, how much is normal?

Post by zvacman » Wed Jul 07, 2010 2:30 pm

That seems a bit excessive to me. I haven't heard that parking it on it's side stand increases oil consumption. If your rings, cylinders, and valve guides are in good shape it shouldn't burn any oil. I just did a 1500 mile oil change because I switched to synthetic from whatever the PO was using and I wasn't missing a drop. It was on the side stand the entire time except when I washed it.

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Re: Oil consumption, how much is normal?

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:01 pm

If I ride mine a lot, the oil consumption goes way down. If it sits for long periods in between, oil consumption goes up. And leaving it on the side stand does cause oil consumption to go up a bit, as gravity will gradually cause the oil to move through the rings and into the left cylinders, where it will be burned off upon startup.

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Re: Oil consumption, how much is normal?

Post by Oldsmores » Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:41 pm

Mine burns virtually no oil, and it sits on the side stand all day most days

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Re: Oil consumption, how much is normal?

Post by RBGERSON » Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:13 am

None to not noticeable amount is "normal" if the bike is running right.



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