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Old 06-12-2014, 08:37 PM   #1
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mysterious oil indicator issues - 2011 gsa

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I ll get straight to the point. I have a 2011 gsa with 17,000 miles on it.
Oil indicator light started going on and off while on a 4 day ride. Stopped, put the bike on the centerstand, waited for 20 minutes (while eating a lobster roll in Nova Scotia by the way :), looked at the oil glass. It showed totally empty. Continued with the ride, oil light comes on again. Redid all steps from above, same result. I put half a bottle of oil in, and oil light indicator goes off. Stopped later and checked the oil glass; it was 3/4 full.

Exactly the same thing happened about a year ago.

Any explanations?
I am both curious to know as well as if I should be worried.

Any help would be appreciated!
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:48 PM   #2
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Oil indicator light started going on and off while on a 4 day ride. Stopped, put the bike on the centerstand, waited for 20 minutes (while eating a lobster roll in Nova Scotia by the way :), looked at the oil glass. It showed totally empty. Continued with the ride, oil light comes on again. Redid all steps from above, same result. I put half a bottle of oil in, and oil light indicator goes off. Stopped later and checked the oil glass; it was 3/4 full.
Help for what. You were low on oil. You put some in. Then you weren't low on oil. That's the way it's supposed to work, isn't it?

Half a bottle of oil is about the amount that will raise the level from the bottom of the sight glass to the top of the sight glass. If after adding half a bottle the level was at 3/4 of the sight glass it leads one to believe that it was about 1/4 BELOW the sight glass before you put some in.
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Old 06-12-2014, 09:12 PM   #3
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Ok that explains it. Had no idea that the oil glass worked that way.
Is this oil consumption normal after 4,000 miles?
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Old 06-12-2014, 10:00 PM   #4
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About every 4-5k I need to put in about 1/4 bottle or so.

Usually for me, it's the oil can on the screen though, not the light.
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Old 06-12-2014, 10:01 PM   #5
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Old 06-12-2014, 10:31 PM   #6
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OP, I believe you need to spend some time reading your owner's manual.
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Old 06-13-2014, 04:02 AM   #7
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Your bike's fine.

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(while eating a lobster roll in Nova Scotia by the way :)
Now be honest, this is really all that you wanted to tell us, isn't it?
It wasn't at McDonald's?

I prefer my lobster dipped in butter and I'll also take a good chicken salad sandwich over most lobster rolls.
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Old 06-13-2014, 06:08 AM   #8
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I'll also take a good chicken salad sandwich over most lobster rolls.
Oh no. This is just wrong...a sailor who lives within sight of the Pacific Ocean and prefers chicken over seafood? We're doomed.

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Hi all

I ll get straight to the point. I have a 2011 gsa with 17,000 miles on it.
Oil indicator light started going on and off while on a 4 day ride. Stopped, put the bike on the centerstand, waited for 20 minutes (while eating a lobster roll in Nova Scotia by the way :), looked at the oil glass. It showed totally empty. Continued with the ride, oil light comes on again. Redid all steps from above, same result. I put half a bottle of oil in, and oil light indicator goes off. Stopped later and checked the oil glass; it was 3/4 full.

Exactly the same thing happened about a year ago.

Any explanations?
I am both curious to know as well as if I should be worried.

Any help would be appreciated!
Thanks
I think you need to check your engine oil more frequently.

Also, I think you need to perform your own oil change to familiarize yourself with your bike's lubrication system and capacity.

Can you tell us what oil brand and grade you added to top off?
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Now be honest, this is really all that you wanted to tell us, isn't it?
It wasn't at McDonald's?

I prefer my lobster dipped in butter and I'll also take a good chicken salad sandwich over most lobster rolls.
Had a beer as well. Do you approve the blue moon?
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Old 06-13-2014, 07:25 AM   #11
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I think you need to check your engine oil more frequently.

Also, I think you need to perform your own oil change to familiarize yourself with your bike's lubrication system and capacity.

Can you tell us what oil brand and grade you added to top off?
Definitely.

It was in the middle of nowhere, the only available oil was a 10-40...the bike had 20-50 semi-synthetic in. I flushed the oil and put fresh 20-50 once I got back to base.

Thanks for the help guys
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Had a beer as well. Do you approve the blue moon?

I approve of almost all beer, and I approve of this message.
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:20 AM   #13
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Oh no. This is just wrong...a sailor who lives within sight of the Pacific Ocean and prefers chicken over seafood? We're doomed.

I'm with Def on this. Chicken over lobster...no way.
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:29 AM   #14
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I'm with Def on this. Chicken over lobster...no way.

Most of the lobster rolls I've had would have been more aptly named a "mayonnaise hoagie".
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Old 06-13-2014, 10:12 AM   #15
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When we were living on Long Island, NY in Sea Cliff, (circa 1943-1944) Long Island Sound was about 1/4 mile from the house. I used to wander down to the waters edge and admire the multi-colored poles floating in the water about 50-100 yards offshore.

One day I summoned up enough courage to swim out to one of the poles and drag it back to shore for further inspection. There was a funny box attached to the pole with some bug-looking creatures inside. I took one of the bugs home to show mom who immediately made some weird smelling stuff called Newburg out of the bug.

When dad got home from Brooklyn Navy Yard where he was overseeing installation of the US Navy's early RADAR on board ships, he had a talk with me and asked me not to bring home any more bugs from the boxes.

Today, one might be shot for robbing lobster pots. As such, I prefer Alaska King Crab to Lobster....never liked chickens much...they don't smell right.
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