Originally Posted by Nashville Kat
I thought I'd be carefully mixing in oil- turns out here's what I do- and I use my bike almost daily for almost five miles or so-
I put gas in the tank, and then a small dollop of oil from the plastic container- I found that when I was trying to get about a 30 to 1 mix, that eventually the oil seemed to be accumulating in the system a little bit- i was dripping a lot out the exhaust-
so now the two builds are all broke in I just wing it, and I can now tell both by how the bike is running and by how much oil drips out the exhaust- I usually try for none-
I put in a minimum but enough so it seems it will lubricate the motor- I get maybe 8 or 10 smaller tank fills out of an 8 oz oil container. No problems yet. I'm never smoking or hearing any metallic noise like there's not enough.
With that new lightweight 415 trike chain rolling smooth, my 50 build was purring along smoothly today again!
Brother, you have to be more accurate. Too much oil and you waste $$, affect performance and muck up your engine. Too little oil and you affect performance and burn up your engine.
Here's a tip I use. Decide on how much fuel you'll need on a fillup. I like to fill 3 quarts in a 4-liter tank, so there's little or no spill and slosh. I filled exactly 1.92oz into a measuring syringe for 50:1. Then I scratched a heavy mark on the syringe, so I wouldn't have to look at the tiny graduated marks again. So whenever I need oil, I fill the syringe to the heavy mark.
My next fillups will be w/Opti-2 oil, so I scratched another mark halfway down the syringe.
Accurate oil mixes is a must.