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Old 11-29-12, 02:07   #1
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Default Flecks/grit in oil?

Calling on the collective knowledge of the forum here....

I just dropped the oil out of my 12 street triple (6700km) and replaced with the same (penrite racing 10 10w-40) and as I was emptying the used oil into bottles I noticed a lot of grit and metallic flecks in the tray:
(the big dimple is in the tray, not a lump of something!)

So I'm asking, is this normal? It had its 1000km service mid Sept, and I don't ride it hard. I do do lots of short trips tho (hence changing the oil prior to service interval). I also didn't change the filter, but have one here that I'm thinking I should have used :/

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Old 11-29-12, 02:29   #2
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Further to that, they're not magnetic (even the gold flakes that might be too small to show up in photo) and the bigger bits looks like sand (glassy).

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A lot of the engine (not sure how much) wouldn't be magnetic I'd think? aren't they mostly aluminium and other alloys?

I remember seeing the same thing at roughly the same mileage so it may be normal, that was 10,000 kilometers ago for me and it's still going strong.

You might find sludge in your coolant overflow bottle too. not quite sure what causes this.
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From my experience my oil is always dirty as shit, have not had an issue yet, but that being said its a 2012, if you think something is wrong take it to the dealer. You could have your dealer look at that oil and see what they think.


Also if that is your first oil change, I'd expect some of that nasty stuff to come out from the engine being put together and what not.
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I ended up draining the oil out again and changing the filter, which is draining into a glass jar to take to the dealer. The new oil (with one 2 min warm up run) had flakes in it too. I'll take it back to the dealer for a look....hopefully I'm just being overly cautious :)

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If it is a new engine that is pretty typical from what I have seen on my own stuff.
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First couple of oil changes will likely have some stuff, especially after brake in. Hopefully its just that, but you have a 2012 so take it in and let them take a look at the bike/oil.
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As long as it's nothing like this



or this




you should not have anything to worry about.
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Oh my god!
This is far worse then you think. I can clearly see a human face in your catch pan. You better get this checked out right away!
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Oh my god!
This is far worse then you think. I can clearly see a human face in your catch pan. You better get this checked out right away!
And what looks to be a cell phone, those damn British just can't build nuffin right. Should have bought American and got a Hardly
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