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Acceptable Oil Consumption Rate?

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Noticed that the oil level had dropped from the top of the dipstick's XXX marks to nearly the bottom of the XXX marks (on centre stand) having done over 1500 KM. While I did have some "hard" driving sessions within that time frame - 120 to 130 KPH for extended periods - I also downshift agressively, which I believe brings oil to the upper cylinder, and possibly the oil burn off is potentially greater as a result of doing this. While no oil consumption is ideal, what is an acceptable oil consumption rate...and what is not acceptable or dangerous, i.e., lurking problems?

Also, does anyone know the volume of oil represented on the dipstick between the XXX top and bottom marks? - I should have measured myself and will do so next time. Thanks. JC
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I think as you do that your riding style may be a contributor to your oil consuption/loss. Any good shop reference will tell you that it is normal for a combustion engine to burn oil. How much?. Well, that can't get any more subjective. If it were my bike and it was performing well I would check the oil level regularly and keep it filled. If it bothered me I'd prolly change the oil and give the container a good once over for signs of metal maybe even pull the front cover and do the same with the sump.

Having had many engines over the years that burned some oil I personally wouldn't worry about it unless I had other signs/issues..
Perhaps it would be educational to fill the crankcase to the specified volume then try both methods of reading the dipstick. The threads are pretty long on the dipstick.. These bike's lean way the hell to the side on the sidestand too. I'd hate to hear about someone burning up a engine.. Just my .02 It can sure be confusing when there are sooo many procedures for checking oil levels.
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