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Old 08-15-2013, 09:16 AM   #16
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Burning some oil has a lot to do with how the bike broke itself in. How tight or loose the rings seated. I assume you are running rotella t6 which burns a little in my bike too. Normally i run 15w60 out here in the desert with motul 300v but i was in a pinch and it needed changed bad so i through rotella back in it for my ride friday.
Yes, I went with rotella t6 at my first oil change. I run that stuff in all my other bikes without any issues but I'm thinking it may be too thin for the v-twin.

Most of my friends have sportbikes and we ride twisties so I have to keep the rpm up. 5-8k rpm range most of the time. Saying that I expect some oil usage. My 990 doesn't run any hotter than sportbikes.
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:17 AM   #17
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Yes I did read the Owners Manual . Also into the Service Manual often looking around .

I was trying to get a GOOD cold base line for future use and for a fill mark after oil change .

I have since givin up on that .
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Old 05-28-2014, 10:31 PM   #18
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This is really bothering me

Ok I currently have Bel-Ray 10w50 in the girl . Still using oil . If its is the nature so be it just hard to believe .

I have been running the oil level halfway between add & full when cold which puts me at the full mark when checked hot .

Just added oil today seems to use it when I do some super slab time .

Do any of you notice air pressure in the oil tank when hot check ?
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:25 AM   #19
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Ok I currently have Bel-Ray 10w50 in the girl . Still using oil . If its is the nature so be it just hard to believe .

I have been running the oil level halfway between add & full when cold which puts me at the full mark when checked hot .

Just added oil today seems to use it when I do some super slab time .

Do any of you notice air pressure in the oil tank when hot check ?
I never noticed any pressure in the oil tank.

How many miles on your bike?
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:31 AM   #20
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Also, My daily driver is an audi and it's typical for them to use a little oil being that it is german and has a turbo. What I noticed is that the amount it uses depends on the oil I use. Saying that maybe you should try different oil.

Or maybe you ride her too easy and she's not broken in yet?
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:36 AM   #21
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Talking Checking Oil Level KTM 990 - Oil Usage

I too had trouble getting a consistent reading when checking the oil, but than I figured it out. It was super frustrating because it seemed like the oil readings were all over the place all the time!

1.) Run the bike until it's hot. I don't mean let the bike sit and idle on the center stand for 5 mins, I mean get on it and ride it until it's hot. Or, just check after a ride.

2.) Park the bike and place on center stand. Now go take your helmet, jacket, and gloves off. Go to the garage and grab a rag. This should take you a few minutes. NOW is the time to check the oil level. If you immediately jump off the bike and try checking the oil, you'll probably feel a vacuum pressure when unscrewing the dipstick. You'll probably get really high readings and maybe even a foamy oil residue on the stick. You have to give the bike a couple minutes to settle, with the engine hot, then check the oil. I get very consistent readings doing it this way.


I have just under 5,000 total miles on mine and it does use a little oil. My understanding after doing some research is that these bikes will do that until fully broken in.
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Old 05-29-2014, 09:40 AM   #22
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Some bikes lose oil via a bad balance shaft seal located in the cover on the left hand side. my 04 950 ADV. used about a 1/2 quart between oil changes at 3 to 4000 miles. My 07 990 SD did not use any oil. My 2011 990 SMR uses more than my 950 ADV. I think that just the way it is.
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:26 AM   #23
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I have pressure in my tank as well when its hot....To check, park bike on center stand, start bike when cold, let it warm to 4 bars, turn off motor, let sit for one to two minutes, check oil...I always get the same reading this way, my bike does not use any oil...
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:36 AM   #24
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50k miles and it barely uses any oil... guess I'm one of the lucky ones?
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Old 05-29-2014, 12:18 PM   #25
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2013 with 11500 miles on the clock. Goes from the top of the dip stick to the bottom in between oil changes (5000 miles).
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Old 05-29-2014, 12:39 PM   #26
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Some bikes lose oil via a bad balance shaft seal located in the cover on the left hand side. my 04 950 ADV. used about a 1/2 quart between oil changes at 3 to 4000 miles. My 07 990 SD did not use any oil. My 2011 990 SMR uses more than my 950 ADV. I think that just the way it is.
Yup, my 950 SM has about 45,000 miles and it has always used a bit of oil between changes, usually at least half a quart. It is the most oil I have seen any of my bikes consume. My suzukis and hondas never burned a drop. Oh well. This also happens to be the most fun bike I have ever owned, so 'i deal with it.
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Old 05-29-2014, 12:41 PM   #27
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40k miles on my 2008, and no noticeable oil consumption between (~3000 mi.) oil changes. I use synthetic, but brand doesn't matter to me. I just try to get as close to 10w50 as I can find when I need it.
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:43 PM   #28
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I never noticed any pressure in the oil tank.

How many miles on your bike?
Just about to roll 18,000 miles .



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I have pressure in my tank as well when its hot....To check, park bike on center stand, start bike when cold, let it warm to 4 bars, turn off motor, let sit for one to two minutes, check oil...I always get the same reading this way, my bike does not use any oil...
I check after I ride & top off before ~ pretty much got that figured out ! I can't believe how much the oil expands in this bike .



Neptune,
Not sure if it's Vacuum or pressure actually I need to check that .



My concern I guess is I ran the valves over the winter and had a lot oil residue in one TB .
Last season I also had a hell of a time figuring out the proper oil check method . I seem to have that down now .
I can't believe the expansion rate of the oil . Then again this is the first dry sump system I have had too !
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:57 PM   #29
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My 08 has about 35K miles on it and burns about 1/2 liter between 6000 mile changes. I used delo 15-40 diesel oil for about 10k miles with no bad noticeable effect.

One thing that I really recommend, and have done myself, is the easy oil change modification to a tube to the oil drain plug on the bottom of the bike.

Now that I have that i can change the oil without removing the guards and the tanks - I tend to do it more often and therefore get less stressed about adding oil in between oil changes.

Other than 2 water pumps my bike has been great. Oh a fuel pump too. oh and some break pads and tires.
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Old 05-30-2014, 12:08 AM   #30
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I've got a '12 Std. with just about 40K miles on it and she used oil up until the break in period was over, and hasn't used any since. Exactly what I put in is what I take out at oil change time. I did use the "hard" break in method to try and get the rings to seal better, so far I'm a believer.
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