Main Motorcycle: Black 2010 Speed Triple
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Other Motorcycle: Black '96 Speed triple
Extra Motorcycle: Black 2004 Speed Triple
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.
I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather, not screaming
in terror like his passengers.