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Burning oil...

So, about three years ago, I sold my 2007 K1200GT (after 140K miles) and bought a 2009 K1300 (already had 10K miles on it). I know have a little over 50K on it.

In the almost three years that I've owned it, I've had to add oil from time to time (I actually keep a quart with me all of the time). This past summer, I took a two week, 4500 mile trip that covered eight states. I had to add oil a total of five times (about 500 ml each time). When I got back and took the bike in for regular maintenance, I mentioned the oil. I mentioned that it didn't appear to be leaking (I didn't find any oil on the ground under the bike when it was parked), so I am assuming it is being burned when the bike is running. The dealer didn't find a leak and told me that for a bike that old, adding oil every 1000 miles isn't uncommon. In the eight years and 140K miles I had the K1200, I never had to add that amount of oil.

I mentioned the oil to a couple of other motorcycle riding friends who were actually a bit surprised that I actually carried a quart of oil with me at all times. They were telling me that a motorcycle shouldn't be burning oil that much.

So, not being too mechanically inclined, I thought I would ask the message board. How much oil is normal to add and how often for a 2009 K1300GT? I figure that every bike is different, but does mine go through an abnormal amount of oil?

Here is the mileage and oil record from my trip last summer:

Gas

Mileage start - 33,771
Mileage finish - 38,292
Total - 4,521

6/10
Willits
4.239 gallons
$13.65
33,906

Oil - 1/2 quart. 34,142

Crescent City
5.573 gallons
$19.50
34,142

6/11
Coos Bay, OR
3.209 gallons
$9.62
34,280

Woodburn, OR
4.641 gallons
$13.73
34,485

6/12
Seattle, WA
5.858 gallons
$20.50
34,724

6/13
North Bend, WA
5.045 gallons
$17.15
34,933

6/14
Oil - 200ml - 35,002

6/15
Ellensburg, WA
4.478 gallons
$14.33
35,115

Spokane, WA
4.452 gallons
$13.80
35,304

6/16
Missoula, MT
4.661 gallons
$14.26
35,513

Oil - 500 ml - 35,514

Whitehall, MT
3.366 gallons
$9.25
35,657

West Yellowstone, MT
2.274 gallons
$6.55
35780

6/17
Ft, Washake, WY
4.881 gallons
$13.08
35,996

Laramie, WY
4.469 gallons
$13.75
36,217

6/18
Denver, CO
3.636 gallons
$10.90
36,397

6/19
Oil - 500 ml - 36,569

Carbondale, CO
3.413 gallons
$11.05
36,588

6/20
Cortez, CO
4.928 gallons
$13.25
36,834

Tuba City, AZ
3.491 gallons
$9.25
37,027

6/21
Scottsdale, AZ
5.593 gallons
$16.50
37,275

Oil - 500 ml - 37,275

Camp Verse, AZ
3.023 gallons
$8.40
37,409

6/23
Ash Fork, AZ
3.834 gallons
$12.65
37,,577

Needles,CA
3.234 gallons
$23.58
37,712

6/24
Barstow,CA
3.720 gallons
$14.50
37,861

Bakersfield, CA
3.244 gallons
$10.70
37,995

Firebaugh, CA
2.947 gallons
$10.25
38,130


Oil - 400 ml - 38,777

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old May 5th, 2018, 3:23 am
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I've been at these transverse K-Bikes for a while now and do my own wrenching. I don't think you should be burning that much oil and if it where me, I'd start thinking new bike might be in the future.

The K 1300 has been around long enough now that many are starting to get long in the mileage tooth. I have always been suspicious of how the 1300 bores were going to hold up, seeing how damn thin the casting is between the cylinders. When they built the 1300 they didn't modify the cases for the extra displacement. They just bored the cylinders larger.
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Hmm. One bad piston ring, one bad valve guide and oil gets burned. I'd say with a quart in 500 miles you are maybe in that zone where it's bothersome but not catastrophic.

Maybe have someone rev your throttle from low rpm to mid-high while you put yourself at the exhaust and look for smoke or unburnt oil coming out.

It's a high compression, high performance, high horsepower bike. I love mine, but I don't expect it to live forever.

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