Tiger 800 Oil Consumption

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  1. billyandmollysdad

    billyandmollysdad Well-Known Member
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    I checked my oil level before setting off on a reasonably long journey yesterday, and needed nearly half a litre to get it back to the correct level. I've since done 336 miles, all in one hit, mostly at 75/85 mph and had to add another half a litre...
    Is this normal for this motor ? it's a 2011 model with 21k on the clock...
     
  2. Cyborgbot

    Cyborgbot Elite Member

    Jul 5, 2017
    636
    800
    Surrey
    I was going to post a new thread with the same question!

    Tigger is a 2016 800 XRx (Low). Even as a young cub it drank oil faster than I expected and nearly once ran dry! Does anyone know if the oil light comes on for low oil levels or is it to say the pump is knackered (or something). I can now tell when the oil is low as the engine makes more noise. Keep the oil at the top Mark in the window and it’s v quiet and smooth.

    I am going to try some Shell Ultra 10/40 oil as the Castrol 1 is apparently also a noisy oil and isn’t as good as Shell with the clutch...

    To answer your question, Tigger has done 23k miles and uses a more oil than I’d have expected, but not as much as you described from your experiences.

    Hope that helps...
     
  3. Eldon

    Eldon Noble Member

    Nov 14, 2018
    1,131
    450
    North Yorkshire
    #3 Eldon, Sep 15, 2019 at 10:55 PM
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2019 at 11:04 PM
    I was led to believe that early Daytona 675's were known for drinking oil, maybe read up on them and see what the cause and remedies were?

    I personally would class 1.5 litres per 1000 miles as excessive and would be contacting the factory for support.

    Were both these bikes run in by someone else other than the current owners?
    If run in too GENTLY then glazed bores could be your issue!
     
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  4. Cyborgbot

    Cyborgbot Elite Member

    Jul 5, 2017
    636
    800
    Surrey
    I’ve had mine since new and it has always be run gently... is there a fix? A simple and v cheap fix?
     
  5. Eldon

    Eldon Noble Member

    Nov 14, 2018
    1,131
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    North Yorkshire
    The old method ..... use with caution!

    Remove spark plugs and drop some brake fluid down the bores. Fire it up in an OPEN area and blow the smoke out of it o_O

    The best, safest and most appropriate method is to re-hone the bores and then NOT run it in too gently or slug it in high gears.
    REVS are not always a bad thing and glazed bores and gummed rings don't happen on a thrashed motor :p
     
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