Oil & Clutch
Monday afternoon I rode my 2001 Vstar 650 to Phoenix (about 180 miles). I'd developed a slow leak in my back tire (6psi in 24 hours), so Tuesday morning I stopped in at a dealer (Ridenow). They said it was going to be just over $100 for a new tube and labor. After waiting in their lounge, the customer rep came to tell me there was very little oil in the bike, and showed me a picture on his phone of the sight glass - sure enough, there was only a little bit at the bottom. It would be another $55 for an oil change with filter.
My initial thought was that was impossible, as I had changed the oil about 2 weeks ago, and had last checked the level about Friday. There is no sign of leakage, nor any indication of it burning oil. The only thing I could think of was it fell on its right side last week with the engine running. It was down about 30 seconds. No oil spilled, and no running issues afterwards. The rep thought that was unlikely to be a factor. I'm sure he figured I had run it several hundred miles without checking the level. Anyway, $166 and three hours later, I went on my way.
Tuesday night I was at a rider skills class on cornering. 2-1/2 hours of hard accelerating, braking and turning. Towards the end of the class I found it impossible to get into neutral with the engine idling. Otherwise the bike performed fine.
This morning (Wednesday) I rode the 180 miles back home. The bike ran well, but the issue of getting into neutral continued; it's as if the adjustment is off, so not fully disengaging. I tried adjusting the cable, but it still is difficult to get into neutral, and I have to let the clutch lever out further.
So, two questions?
1. Where did the oil go? The natural expected answer is I didn't fill or check it properly. I'm satisfied that's not the case. The dealership is reputable so far as I know, so I don't think they were ripping me off.
2. Is the clutch issue from running it with low oil, or overly aggressive accelerating?
There is no indication of it slipping any.
Last edited by RLC59; 07-22-2015 at 03:15 PM.