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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-18-2015, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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Red oil light came on today! Just had a full service! HELP!

So I literally just bought my 01 vstar 1100 custom on saturday. Rode it all Sunday and then today I rode it to work. I am use to my R6 and rode a small portion of my ride in 4th gear on the highway hitting 60-75 MPH. Then realized I was a dummy and went into 5th gear. But my Red oil light came on at the very end of my ride.

Got to work and checked the oil and I couldnt see any so it must be pretty low. Is there any way I could have done damage to the engine? or blown a seal? I am just freaking out because I just got the bike.
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-18-2015, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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also is riding in 4th gear going about 70 for around 20 min going to do any lasting damage? or more of a dont do it again type of thing. :/
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post #3 of 22 (permalink) Old 05-18-2015, 09:45 AM
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Let the motorcycle sit for awhile then check the oil. Top it off if low and ride on. I doubt there was much damage done by the higher rpms of riding in 4th gear.

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Slayer that's relieving to hear! My head instantly went to thinking I blew my top end or did something real bad haha
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not sure how quickly you checked the oil after shutting it down but it takes a few minutes to settle back down in the crankcase once you turn it off. Take a buddy with you and let him hold the bike straight up while you check the level in the site glass. It doesn't have to be level full at the top, just between the lines.

As far as the high RPMs, unless you were "floating" the valves you most likely didn't do any damage. Plus I believe these things have a rev limiter to prevent just this such thing.

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Summer sorry but what does floating mean :/ haha I don't know the lingo
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Well luckily it is still under a 30 day warranty. Only had the damn thing for a 72 hours haha They will go through the bike to see what the issue is.
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The oil light is just a level sensor, right? If it lights up, it means either the oil level is low or the sensor is bad. I'm guessing they did the oil change and did not run the motor up to operating temp, cut off, let everything settle and recheck the level. That's asking a lot for some dealers.

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You are probably right. I just instantly thought I broke my brand new bike lol
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Floating the valves is a term used when someone has the RPMs up so high on an engine that the valve springs are not strong enough to close the valve completely before the cam lobe lifts it again. The cam shaft is turning so fast that it is literally holding the valves open, thus the term "floating". I doubt you were anywhere close to doing that. I was just using that as a reference to the fact that you would have had to be turning some extreme RPMs to cause any damage to your bike.

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