I have used a level on the seat to make sure that I have the bike straight.Originally posted by tommyboynjataol
Are you using a leveler to make sure. That site glass can be a funny thing sometimes. How old is the oil? Is it really black? Any smoke coming out the pipe? Any oil stains on the inside of the fairring? Any oil crud around the filter or drain plug? Take a peak at some of the gaskets. It's highly unlikely that your brand new bike would be buring oil.
Also remember when you do an oil change you fill it to the tippy top line of that glass window then when you turn it on for a few mins the oil filter gets filled up with oil and it will look like some oil just vanished from inside your engine. But you may have known that already.
Go break out that leveler!
After my oil change I idled my bike for a few min and topped up. My bike took 4 liters of oil and was at a perfect level. 4000 km later it mysteriously drops, I don't know what caused this but it is going to drive me crazy[:M99]Originally posted by dj dunzie
Just want to make sure, but I'm guessing you are NOT talking about when you first added the oil following an oil change to now right? I'm sure you're not, but as long as you realize that once you start a bike and let the new oil circulate through the engine and into the new filter, etc, that once you shut off the bike next time you'll find the oil level has apparently "dropped" significantly in the window. I generally "top up" after letting the new oil circulate, and I've never had problems with oil loss after this point.
If you're not seeing oil on your garage floor, or on your engine or fairings, and the bike is running fine, I guess I just have a tough time thinking an '03 is burning oil even at a moderate rate. Monitor it carefully with the new change.
This has nothing to do with oil consumption.Originally posted by sixftnine
you didn't put car oil in there did you?