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Old 09-13-2009, 12:33 PM   #61
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My 07 consumed oil till about 5000 miles. My dealer said its fairly normally
for boxers till they break in.
Just had the 6k mile service done on my '09 and mentioned that I used 1 qt
in the time since the 600 svc. He said that 1 qt in 1000 miles is considered
acceptable by BMW.
He told me not to top it off and to leave it at the bottom of the sight glass
and see what it does.
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Old 09-13-2009, 12:47 PM   #62
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Mine consumed oil too until about 12K miles, my wife's bike (just at 6K miles) does as well...


If you haven't figured it by now IT'S NORMAL.


Now can we please get back to more important and less-discussed issues...


Like which tires are the best for these things?!


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Old 09-13-2009, 06:13 PM   #63
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What would you do about it?

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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.
That might be, but faced with the fact, what would you do about it? I'm sure many riders are in the same position but short of selling their bikes and trying again, there isn't much recourse.
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Old 09-21-2009, 01:47 AM   #64
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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?
FYI, my eperience: I bought a new 09 R12GS in May. I now have 5400 miles on it and it has burned no more than 1/2 a quart total since I picked it up. I am satisfied with that, but I would not be if it burned the "acceptable" 1 qt per 1K miles.
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Old 09-21-2009, 07:50 AM   #65
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FYI, my eperience: I bought a new 09 R12GS in May. I now have 5400 miles on it and it has burned no more than 1/2 a quart total since I picked it up. I am satisfied with that, but I would not be if it burned the "acceptable" 1 qt per 1K miles.
As mentioned above, if it burned more, what would you do about it? BMW wouldn't "fix" it if it were in spec.

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Old 09-21-2009, 07:57 AM   #66
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3404 kms: re-fill with 200 mL (20w50)
Glass indicator: From 1/2 to 3/4.
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Old 10-25-2009, 06:21 PM   #67
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Def, take a look at the cylinders on your bike. Look for "Gilardoni" cast into them, that is who made them, not Mahle. The plating is "Gilnisil".
Interesting info. I just bought some Nikasil cylinders and pistons from Siebenrock to replace the ones on my airhead and I see the name "Gilardoni" cast on the new cylinders. Broke it in by riding it hard like I stole it and oil consumption has gone down very quickly, the Motoman theory seems to be correct.
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Old 10-25-2009, 06:44 PM   #68
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I wonder if oil consumption may vary depending on how the bikes are broken in. Some have suggested that riding it easy and varied though recommended does little to tighten things up and pushing the machine hard up and down the gears will seat things faster and better.

I am thinking of plunking down some hard earned money on a new GSA this winter. It is not the end of the world to add a qt of oil every 1000 miles but I sure would prefer not to.
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Old 10-25-2009, 09:45 PM   #69
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is it normal?

my 00 gs is like that, but kinda relative...my commute is 30 miles each way, so 60+ per day at least...THAT riding equates to some use...including a BIG puff on occassion when i stop with the engine is hot...the pros say that is a little run-down into the cylinder on the side the bike gets leaned on...bs, or not...dunno. but went on a 2k mile ride over a week's time and the steed used less than .5 in the whole ride...we rode hard in places and fast in others...so is a 1l consumption in 1k bad? probably not. my .02
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Old 10-26-2009, 07:24 AM   #70
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Broke it in by riding it hard like I stole it and oil consumption has gone down very quickly, the Motoman theory seems to be correct.
Regarding Motoman's theory don't get fooled by randomness.
I bought an '04 GS new and broke it in by the book. Frequent gear changes, rpms never above 4000 and frequent cool downs (went for 2 hour rides in mountains). At 12,000 miles it stopped requiring oil between changes performed at 6,000 mile interval. Once road 9,000 miles (had Mobil1) without oil change or need to add oil.
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Old 10-26-2009, 08:32 AM   #71
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Neither my Harley's nor my Goldwing ever consumed a drop of oil. More accurate: I never had to add oil to my Harley's or my Goldwing.






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Old 10-26-2009, 01:43 PM   #72
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Neither my Harley's nor my Goldwing ever consumed a drop of oil. More accurate: I never had to add oil to my Harley's or my Goldwing.
Could it be that because you also own a GS, you don't ride neither the GoldWing nor the Harley.
Obviously, adding oil to bikes not ridden is NOT necessary on a GoldWing. On other marques....well.....

If, and only if, you are using dino that is.

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Old 11-02-2009, 11:32 PM   #73
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Its in the 05 Rider's Manual. Section 9, Page 2 bottom. (actually its page 164)
"Maximal Oil consumption: 1.7qt / 1000 miles (1l / 1000km)

I just don't think that settles it. Too much fun a topic - remember it includes the word "Oil"
Funny how the know-it-alls who insisted that this info was NOT in the manual have fallen silent. It's pretty sad when someone's ego won't allow them to man up and admit they were wrong.

BTW, I have my 05 manual in front of me and sure enough, it's on page 164 just like the man says.

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Old 11-03-2009, 07:28 AM   #74
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Oliver North never admitted he was wrong, either.




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Old 11-03-2009, 09:39 AM   #75
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LOL!

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