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Offline SXHighwayman

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Oil burning
on: December 12, 2019, 05:07:50 PM
Ok, new thing to worry about. I seem to be burning a lot of oil. Have put in about 500ml over the last 1500 miles.

The bike has only done 4K. There don’t appear to be any leaks that I can find.

Is the above normal?  I spend a lot of time 2-3 hours a day commuting with a lot spent in 3rd gear whilst filtering, but even so I don’t recall having to add oil on my other bikes outside of servicing intervals.

I do cruise at 70-80 on motorway stretches when traffic permits but other than that I’m trundling in the 25-50 range.

It’s got to the point where I’m checking the oil window each ride just in case as it seems to shoot down.

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Re: Oil burning
Reply #1 on: December 12, 2019, 06:27:01 PM
*Originally Posted by SXHighwayman [+]
Ok, new thing to worry about. I seem to be burning a lot of oil. Have put in about 500ml over the last 1500 miles.

The bike has only done 4K. There don’t appear to be any leaks that I can find.

Is the above normal?  I spend a lot of time 2-3 hours a day commuting with a lot spent in 3rd gear whilst filtering, but even so I don’t recall having to add oil on my other bikes outside of servicing intervals.

I do cruise at 70-80 on motorway stretches when traffic permits but other than that I’m trundling in the 25-50 range.

It’s got to the point where I’m checking the oil window each ride just in case as it seems to shoot down.

Go straight back to the dealer.....it should burn 0 oil so there's an issue somewhere.

I've ridden VFR800's for over 20 years and 260,000 miles and the only time one of them has burned oil was following a servicing error.
98 VFR800 - 130,000 miles (sold)
08 VFR800 - 76,000 miles (sold)
14 VFR1200 - 20,000 miles
15 VFR800X - 44,000 miles (sold)
18 VFR800X - 9,000 miles

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Re: Oil burning
Reply #2 on: December 12, 2019, 11:17:12 PM
I think I have something like a 3 month warranty - I'm just hoping I don't have to go back Swindon for it though!

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Re: Oil burning
Reply #3 on: December 12, 2019, 11:41:55 PM
Silly question
When was the oil last changed and is it the correct type of oil

Your oil consumption isn't correct not only on CR but any modern machine 🤔
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Re: Oil burning
Reply #4 on: December 13, 2019, 08:20:31 AM
Has it had an early service and oil change?  No idea what Honda are recommending now, but it used to be that the oil needed changing after the first 1000 miles to get rid of any debris created as the engine beds in.

I agree with Gareth, that is not normal and it needs to go back to a Honda dealer.
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Re: Oil burning
Reply #5 on: December 13, 2019, 03:21:12 PM
Hi all,

So, I spoke to a workshop manager at Honda today - apparently 1L per 1000 miles is the acceptable limit, so I'm well under that tolerance. He said most VFR's don't burn at all but he does see some that do.

I know the bike was serviced prior to me taking ownership, but it wasn't clear if that included an oil change.

He did suggest recording the amount which I will do and he mentioned sometimes it stops - which is evident anecdotally on these forums.

Odd!

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Re: Oil burning
Reply #6 on: December 13, 2019, 10:30:22 PM
Sorry mate but what that Honda service manager says sounds like BS too me
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Re: Oil burning
Reply #7 on: December 14, 2019, 08:37:23 AM
Well, I’d have thought that too but it was not the dealer I bought from so there was no vested interest so to speak. Johns of Romford have been Honda dealers and working on Hondas since 1963 so they do know their stuff.

What he said was that the 1L guide is Hondas limit so basically I wouldn’t get a dealer looking at it under warranty as it’s within tolerance.

He did admit that it’s rare but did say he had seen it before.

I’m tempted to give it an oil and filter change then monitor from there. If it’s as bad next month will demand an inspection before last month of warranty runs out.

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Re: Oil burning
Reply #8 on: December 14, 2019, 09:13:46 AM
So your CR is consuming about 1 liter every 5000km, that's indeed nothing to worry about ánd at the same time a lot more then the average VFR.
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Re: Oil burning
Reply #9 on: December 15, 2019, 01:48:39 AM
I think oil and a filter change is the way to way to go so you know where stand
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