Looooooooooooong overdue update of any kind and for that I apologize. Busy work schedule, a sick mom I’ve been helping, and not a lot of free time. But I have managed to ride the bike a lot. And it’s still going strong. I went back to T4 oil as it’s cheaper and just let it burn. Rode it New Year’s Day for about 100 miles of backroading and conservation roads to cross the 45,000 mile mark. I bought it with 36k and started this thread with 38k-ish. With regular T4 and 85/15 highway/off road I’ve still not gotten any worse that 1 qt per 1000 miles. Some segments have gotten worse for a short time like the day we ran part of the Arkansas TAT, ended up a lot farther from home that expected and had to hammer it for 3-4 hours at 75-80 to get home on the interstate, but the average is still 1000-1200 miles per quart. The bike in my 8400 miles this year has been absolutely boringly reliable. Keep it gassed and oil in the top half of the sight glass, and go. Zero anything wrong. It hasn’t shown any signs of getting worse in that 8400 miles either as far as oil burn and seemed to drop and stabilize after Paul’s oil mods. And when I did the oil mods, I was still learning this bike, I ride it harder now than in the beginning.
We’ve had a warm winter so I still haven’t pulled it down for the 685 kit the PO already bought and gave me. But soon........ supposed to be in the 50’s all week here in Missouri, so I’m guessing I’ll ride it some more. Having too much fun with it to stop just yet.
At this time, bike is due for a 2000 mile oil change in about 400 miles. I’ve used 1 1/4 qts so far this last run. I think it would keep right on going at this pace for quite a while. But she’ll get a 685 soon so next year I won’t have to fret over it as much.