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Hi guys I've just started to refurbish a RRT blade I picked up for a reasonable price I thought the first job was to change the oil and filter them ride it to make sure I have all the gears before continuing to work on it.I couldn't see how much I'll was in it because the sight glass was all milky.anyway to my shock it only had 2 liters in it.now it's either got a big thirst for oil or the previous owner didn't check it properly I'm a little worried that it could of done some damage the engine it does run sweet and has no nasty rattles or knocks.Are the early blades renown for using much oil.the previous owner did 10k miles in it last year and I don't think it's see an oil change for quite a while
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Re: Oil consumption

Equally disturbing concerns there... the low level AND the "milk" Surely, the low level could mean that vital internals were not getting proper lubrication, and the color you described indicates moisture contamination

I'd recommend changing that oil & filter before starting the motor again. Clean the sightglass the best you can, and monitor the color & level of oil each ride. I'd be so bold to change the oil every 1000 miles for the first 3 changes.
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Yes I think your right I've left the oil to drain over night I just hope that no major damage has been done.like i said it runs without fault and the oil pressure light went straight out even before the motor fired up so I'm guessing the pump had enough to do its job
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Re: Oil consumption

The old carbie girls are NOT well known for oil consumption. I've owned 3 (2 currently) and never have to drop an ounce in either of them, even after a thorough drubbing (well, relatively speaking, as @unslow1 will surely not corroborate that), but you get the idea. Now, that's not say that yours has a thirst for oil. It could, but there would be subtle clues. Wet, black tail pipe, sooty exhaust smoke, and most importantly NOISE. If you report a low level, but she runs like a top, I say she's good to go. Do as Unlsow1 recommended though, get some fresh "cheaper" oil in there and flush it out 2-3 times. It may take a bit to get the window clear, and the only way really to clean it out nicely would be to remove the clutch cover. Anyhow, let us know how it works out. Unless the bike was treated badly with only being 1/2 full of oil, I think you're gonna be OK.

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Thanks guys the thing I'm trying to get my head round is why was it low on oil was it burned off in the engine or wasn't never checked properly.oh well best just to change the oil and take a chance
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The old carbie girls are NOT well known for oil consumption. I've owned 3 (2 currently) and never have to drop an ounce in either of them, even after a thorough drubbing (well, relatively speaking, as @unslow1 will surely not corroborate that), but you get the idea. Now, that's not say that yours has a thirst for oil. It could, but there would be subtle clues. Wet, black tail pipe, sooty exhaust smoke, and most importantly NOISE. If you report a low level, but she runs like a top, I say she's good to go. Do as Unlsow1 recommended though, get some fresh "cheaper" oil in there and flush it out 2-3 times. It may take a bit to get the window clear, and the only way really to clean it out nicely would be to remove the clutch cover. Anyhow, let us know how it works out. Unless the bike was treated badly with only being 1/2 full of oil, I think you're gonna be OK.
Ian is right, the early carbed Blades hardly use any oil, I top mine up with about a 1/4 of a litre every 2000 miles.
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Re: Oil consumption

@IanDoohan 's machines go through as much oil as they do fuel okay, I'm done. It's not uncommon for a bike to go neglected and be burdened with 10K miles between oil changes over the course of 3-4 years and "burn" a quart or two of oil. There are many "squids" out there that as long as it starts, it gets ridden
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