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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 08-25-2019, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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Speed Triple 1050 supposedly burned all of it's oil

Yesterday I went riding with my group and one of my members has a 2016 Street Triple 1050 after we broke to head home I got a text saying his bike started making a loud banging noise and he was on the side of the road, when he took the bike to his mechanic he was told it was out of oil and that it must have burned all of the oil. My issue is when I was admiring his bike that morning I didn't notice any oil residue in or around his exhaust pipes so wouldn't there be a sign of burnt oil from a bike that had burnt over 4 qts of oil?

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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 08-25-2019, 08:58 AM
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I had an '07 Speed Triple that lost about 1 quart of oil every 1,000 miles (which Triumph told me was normal). I had to really keep on top of checking the oil to keep it at recommended levels. But I would think his low oil warning light would have come on before he completely ran out, at least it should have.

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It didn't burn 4 quarts of oil on one ride so why didn't he get a oil light way before damaging the motor? Sounds like gross neglect or stupidity.
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There may not have been obvious signs of the bike burning oil beyond the oil level getting lower. If he wasn't checking his oil regularly, this is how it happens.

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I had an '07 Speed Triple that lost about 1 quart of oil every 1,000 miles (which Triumph told me was normal). I had to really keep on top of checking the oil to keep it at recommended levels. But I would think his low oil warning light would have come on before he completely ran out, at least it should have.
I asked if his light came on he said the only thing he saw was the little wrench/maintenance indicator. Maybe his doesn't have an oil light i know nothing about the Speed triple i know my T120 has a light for low oil.

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There is no 'low oil warning light'. There is a an oil pressure light. This'll come on when there is no oil pressure. If this is caused by there being no oil then the damage will already be done.

Losing that much oil without anything amiss being noticed is really weird. Makes you wonder if the bike had been in for a service immediately beforehand and they didn't refill it after draining. Or did the drain plug come out? Or was the the oil filter loose? Burning that much oil? Unlikely methinks.
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Not too unlikely, I should know. My departed ‘10 was guzzling an astronomical quart every 3 weeks. So yea...
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On my 2009 speed triple I ran over something (a piece of steel rod I think) which flew up and punched a hole in my oil filter. The oil started to flow out and then the oil pressure light started to flicker then stayed on. I shut the motor down instantly and rolled to a stop. Oil kept running out onto the ground, but not too much. When I drained the remainder there was only about 250 mls left in the motor. I reckon I had lost at least 75% of the oil before the light came on. As i switched the motor off quickly I avoided any damage to the motor.

If your friend had shut down his motor as soon as the oil light came on he probably would be okay also, but if his motor is damaged, he probably ignored the light and kept riding.

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My '12 Speed only used, maybe, a cup of oil between oil changes. I checked it before every ride.
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My '12 Speed only used, maybe, a cup of oil between oil changes. I checked it before every ride.
That’s probably average. I’ve had 4 Speed Triples. Some didn’t use any and some did.
Current 2019 sips about like yours. Don’t check every time I ride but will before a trip and on returning.
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