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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-07-2012, 08:23 AM Thread Starter
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....oil does your Speedy use?

How much do you use over 500 or 1000 miles?

Are Speedy's generally a bit thirsty for oil?

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Can be...I ride mine hardish and it can take a little top up every few hundred miles it has 50 + K on the clock now...maybe half a cup or so...I've never measured how much over how many miles but enough for me to keep an eye on it...strangley the run up to the factroy and back didn't use hardly any, mainly motorway all the way up at 85-100 mph and A5 and motorway back again at fast cruising speed..where as it normally gets thrashed around the twisties here abouts so a lot more on and off the gas !!!

My Sprint on a '97 plate hardly uses a sip...? it has over 35K on it and doesn't seem as thirsty...don't know if it's just because it's a younger motor..or produced later in the run..or what ? It too gets a good blow out down the same lanes ;-)
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I haven't done a search on here, but a quick Google earlier produced quite a few links to 955 & 1050 owners talking about consumption issues.

Whilst I had my Speedy apart (before the factory tour) the piston rings and oil rigs were all fine and well within spec. The bores of the liners were also within spec for distortion and surface looked fine too. All valves and seals were replaced where needed.

On the factory run (A/B roads, giving it the berries on the way home!) it hasn't used much at all. But having it on the dyno last week it was noted to me that it is burning a bit of oil.

My last Speedy motor was a bit thirsty and my ignorance of that lead to over consumption and I suspect was responsible for the middle rod making an appearance through the front and rear of the cases on the M4 one evening...

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Both Speedy and Super III have done around 2k since Spring oil change. Checked levels this morning and both indicated no need for top up.

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got 30k miles on my trident, just finished up a 2600 mile trip of hard riding, over half on curvy mountain roads. About 2/3 of the way along the trip had to add about 8 oz.
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....oil does your Speedy use?

How much do you use over 500 or 1000 miles?

Are Speedy's generally a bit thirsty for oil?
In 600 miles i have had to add around 400 mls of oil .
I ride hard, when i can .
I think this amount is quite bad, but my engine feels strong .
Should i be looking at a rebuild .
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Mine rarely uses anything. I think the only time I had to add anything was when it was leaking...

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In 600 miles i have had to add around 400 mls of oil .
I ride hard, when i can .
I think this amount is quite bad, but my engine feels strong .
Should i be looking at a rebuild .
just a small thing but check the oil with the dip stick wound in with all wheels on the ground, upright obviously and level only reason I state the obvious is that any different and a false low reading may appear and then the top up in real terms is actually overfill that will probably be burnt off or thrown out until you check again and repeat.....so maybe thinking that it uses a lot when in fact it's just a repeat overfill ??

But yes my speedy does get through a bit..enough to keep an eye on it ;-)
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Such has never warranted an evaluation with my Speed Triple.

However, an experience of 1qt./1000mi. happened on my V-Strom 650. It was diagnosed as possible piston-ring carbon deposits and remedied with a fuel additive product by Chevron concentrate of Techron containing Petroleum Distillate, Stoddard Solvent & a Proprietary Additive. I was advised to be ready to replace the spark plugs yet the oil consumption condition corrected itself without needing to change them.

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Never checked the Trident, but the first and second motors in my 955 Sprint both burned about a milliliter per mile. This third one does double that easily just commuting, and burnt through over an ounce every ten miles last time I took it out for fun.

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