Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia
Alloy maybe, but could also be stainless and by the looks of those pics Iíd say an oil change is VERY overdue. Lucky for you itís not a Ď98 or you would likely be in trouble. I guess itís fair to say that anything metal found in the oil is not good, however I would add fresh oil and give it a run for a few hours to get the oil up to full operating temp before dumping it. This will also help to rid the engine of residues of old oil but it is important to strain it out while hot. Strain it though a pair of your ladies finest silk stockings and see what you catch. Alternatively, the best strainer from the kitchen draw will work perfectly. If the oil is clear of debris, add fresh oil (I bet what you strain out will be black already). If there is still metal debris in the strainer I would repeat with fresh oil and check again. Also get rid of the k&n filter and put in an oem filter or similar aftermarket unit (canít recall who makes the oem filter right now) Probably to put your mind at rest, you could strain the oil again after a few hundred miles or more and see whatís happening. Depending on what you find you could probably add the oil back.
BTW, That was a windup on the silk stockings...
2002 K1200RS Owned from new. Pacific Blue of course. Suspended on Ohlins. 182,000kmís
2016 K1300R Black, 6000kmís
The family history
1951 AJS 500 single - my Dads
1916 Triumph Type H, Western front, France WW1 - my Grandads