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    Default Burning oil?

    I have a 2011 XR-X that I bought in Sep '18 with only 980 miles on it.
    I now have 6K miles, I did services at 1K and 5K, using Amsoil 20-50 and K&N oil filters.

    The bike is stage 1; V&H Widows, K&N AF (stock box) and dyno tuned with a TTS.
    But recently it seems to be "drinking" oil - about 0.5qt. every 300 miles or so.
    It doesn't smoke, no leaks, breather hoses are good.
    Anybody seen this?
    Is it "normal"?

    Thanks guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buck Diablo View Post
    I have a 2011 XR-X that I bought in Sep '18 with only 980 miles on it.
    I now have 6K miles, I did services at 1K and 5K, using Amsoil 20-50 and K&N oil filters.

    The bike is stage 1; V&H Widows, K&N AF (stock box) and dyno tuned with a TTS.
    But recently it seems to be "drinking" oil - about 0.5qt. every 300 miles or so.
    It doesn't smoke, no leaks, breather hoses are good.
    Anybody seen this?
    Is it "normal"?

    Thanks guys.



    Definitely not good....either a cracked cylinder, cylinder head, head gasket, or blown main....

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    Default Re: Burning oil?

    I suspect that what you are experiencing is the typical blow-out that a hard ridden XR usually has. If you are prone to twisting the throttle a bit the XR will blow out some oil from the reservoir till it reaches a certain level then it will hold at that level. Usually just barely touching the dipstick. You do have your dipstick properly closed down right?!

    My advise would be to ride it a bit longer before you refill the tank and continually check the oil level. I bet it drops to a certain level and stops dropping. If it does that then adding more oil occasionally will keep what is left fresh till you hit the time to change oil then just start the process all over again.

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    Default Re: Burning oil?

    Check the fluid level in your primary .....best it’s overflowing with engine oil ; (

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    Quote Originally Posted by drjmba View Post
    Check the fluid level in your primary .....best it’s overflowing with engine oil ; (
    That I would do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buck Diablo View Post
    I have a 2011 XR-X that I bought in Sep '18 with only 980 miles on it.
    I now have 6K miles, I did services at 1K and 5K, using Amsoil 20-50 and K&N oil filters.

    The bike is stage 1; V&H Widows, K&N AF (stock box) and dyno tuned with a TTS.
    But recently it seems to be "drinking" oil - about 0.5qt. every 300 miles or so.
    It doesn't smoke, no leaks, breather hoses are good.
    Anybody seen this?
    Is it "normal"?

    Thanks guys.
    You are checking the oil level when the engine is hot? That is the preferred method. The level should be in the middle of the marks when hot. If you are checking cold, it will show very low if at all on the dipstick. If you are adding oil when it is cold to get it to full, you are just blowing it out..

    Also consider at 980 miles, it isn't even broken in yet. It seems that some of these motors take a few thousands of miles before the rings seat.

    My XR burned at least a quart between oil changes up to about 15K to 20K miles. Like you I was a bit concerned. But there was no smoke when starting or downshifting etc. and it ran great. After 20K, I use none to at most a 1/4 of a quart between oil changes depending on the temperature and how I ride. I have 0ver 70K miles now and it is the same.
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    Default Re: Burning oil?

    Thanks for info guys.
    It's actually less than I thought, like 1/2 qt every 600 miles or so, maybe less.
    I am checking it hot, and the cap/stick is all the way down
    I did the last two services, and there wasn't excess oil in the primary. (can that really happen? I didn't think they were connected)
    But: I think Sadwings has a point; it does seem to stop dropping at a certain level (just touching the dipstick when hot).
    I'll continue to keep an eye on her.

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    My bike did the same. It blows out around half a quart and holds that level forever.

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