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Old 09-10-2009, 09:23 AM   #46
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Mine (1150) just turned 40k last week (bought it with 28k). Burns oil, amount depends on how I ride it. I might dump 1/2 quart into it every thousand, on average. Not worried about it... nature of the beast from what I understand.

I figure at 40k, it consumes as little as it ever will. Anyone agree, or might there still be some break-in happening?
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Old 09-10-2009, 09:58 AM   #47
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Oil

Since were on the oil subject what's everyone's take on synthetic, the book says 6k miles minimum, durtysoul claims the engine takes 20k for complete break-in, I'm no engineer by any means...20k for rings to fully seat seems like a bit much to me.
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Old 09-10-2009, 10:01 AM   #48
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Since were on the oil subject what's everyone's take on synthetic, the book says 6k miles minimum, durtysoul claims the engine takes 20k for complete break-in, I'm no engineer by any means...20k for rings to fully seat seems like a bit much to me.
The CHP R1150RT-P's would get BMW synthetic at the 600 mile service and from then on and they didn't use oil.
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Old 09-10-2009, 10:27 AM   #49
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It actually was in my manual. Anyone with an 05 care to look it up? I don't have mine anymore.

Point is, this is a permissable amount of oil ussage, and causes no harm to the motor.

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PS 600 miles or 1000 miles, close enough.
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Old 09-10-2009, 10:31 AM   #50
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Mine (1150) just turned 40k last week (bought it with 28k). Burns oil, amount depends on how I ride it. I might dump 1/2 quart into it every thousand, on average. Not worried about it... nature of the beast from what I understand.

I figure at 40k, it consumes as little as it ever will. Anyone agree, or might there still be some break-in happening?
I thought the same, but at about 50K mine stopped using oil! Up to then, same as you!

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Old 09-10-2009, 10:46 AM   #51
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Here's my consumption

36,615- Oil Change
37,780- 8 oz. added
38,728- 8 oz. added
39,275- 8 oz. added
39,750- 8 oz. added
40,360- 8 oz. added
40,815- 8 oz. added


Not bad I guess
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Old 09-10-2009, 11:07 AM   #52
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My 1150GS oil usage dropped dramatically around 24K (from 1L/1K miles) and nearly stopped around 45K. I now put in about .25-.5 L between oil changes (3-4K miles).
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Old 09-10-2009, 11:42 AM   #53
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Had another thought on this.
Some have experienced less oil usage if you only fill to half way up the window....

That first bit seems to burn off fast.. If you wait till it's at the bottom of the window and only fill to halfway up. It's been suggested that you'll use less oil...

You might give that a try..... Down to the bottom of the window is still enough oil for the engine to be safe. Just don't let it go below there.

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Old 09-10-2009, 01:12 PM   #54
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Had another thought on this.
Some have experienced less oil usage if you only fill to half way up the window....

That first bit seems to burn off fast.. If you wait till it's at the bottom of the window and only fill to halfway up. It's been suggested that you'll use less oil...

You might give that a try..... Down to the bottom of the window is still enough oil for the engine to be safe. Just don't let it go below there.

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Which is what I basically do. I use the JVB mthod.

Leave the bike on the sidestand wait a while and check it. If the sightglass is full leave it alone. Fill with 8 ounces when you can see any space at all in the sightglass while the bike is still on the sidestand.

This way after adding the 8 ounces the oil level is at the halfway point when the bike is on the center stand. And when you can see any space at all the oil level is at the lower part of the circle when the bike is on the center stand.

Hope that makes sense
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Old 09-10-2009, 07:19 PM   #55
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Which is what I basically do. I use the JVB mthod.

Leave the bike on the sidestand wait a while and check it. If the sightglass is full leave it alone. Fill with 8 ounces when you can see any space at all in the sightglass while the bike is still on the sidestand.

This way after adding the 8 ounces the oil level is at the halfway point when the bike is on the center stand. And when you can see any space at all the oil level is at the lower part of the circle when the bike is on the center stand.

Hope that makes sense
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Old 09-10-2009, 08:26 PM   #56
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Simpler.

Leave the bike on the sidestand, see a full window? Ride. See any air in the window, add 8 oz. Ride.

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Old 09-11-2009, 04:59 AM   #57
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Yeah, what he said.
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Old 09-12-2009, 03:25 PM   #58
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Since were on the oil subject what's everyone's take on synthetic, the book says 6k miles minimum, durtysoul claims the engine takes 20k for complete break-in, I'm no engineer by any means...20k for rings to fully seat seems like a bit much to me.
waste of money, after looking into my engine at 150k miles, I saw no difference in wear than I have seen on any other motorcycles running dino oil, it still turned black like dino oil as well, that was on the K1200LT the oil went to amsoil at 12k miles by mistake of a dealer in Orlando, but I just kept it that way and figgured I'd give it a try.

just run good oil same base grade and you will be fine
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Old 09-12-2009, 03:52 PM   #59
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Bought a new 1200GS last March and the bike has been burning about 1 quart of oil every thousand miles during its 3,800 miles. The Manhattan dealership says its normal - Im thinking I have a lemon. What's your experience?
I bought my 2009 R12GS new in May. It now has approx 5300 miles and has used approx 1/2 a quart of oil.

I am happy with that. If it was using 1 qt per 1K miles, I would NOT be happy.
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Old 09-12-2009, 10:51 PM   #60
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So this might be a question for the HOG site but,,,

I was just wondering about the same issue. My 2004 1150 uses 1qt every 3500-4000 miles. I just hit 40,000 mi. Guess I had the same attutue as one of the previous posters ( that it won't get any better after 40,000). Good to have some hope anyway.

That and about 8-16oz of oil.

So how do you carry that 8-16oz when weight and space are at a premium?
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