|Posted on Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 07:10 pm: ||
New XB12XT, 450 miles. Past Thursday morning, 26 degrees out, started bike. Stumbled and stopped (ususal on this and the 12R when this cold). Started again and now it ran poorly. Ran it for about a minute and a half to confirm it was only firing on the rear cylinder. Took the car to work, no time to move things around to get the other bike out. Lunch time, started Uly again. One cylinder for sure. Afer work I changed the front plug (definitely fuel soaked) and it started right up, but the oil light flickered while idling. Rev up and oil light out. At idle it initially was fine then the oil light flickered some more. I turned the bike off and unscrewed the dipstick. The oil came out like it was overfilled. I have not had to add any since new. Afraid of harming things, I stopped my amateur efforts. Stopped at the dealer the next day to get their opinion on my next move. There's a tech bulletin about a bad ground that's related to the oil light, but they couldn't offer anything about the oil flowing out of the dipstick hole. They said bring it in, it's under warranty.
To make a short story long... Today I started it up and there was no problems at all; no oil light flickering, no oil coming out. It all seemed normal. SO... I changed the oil and filter (the oil smelled of gas from the single cylinder incident). I took it for a ride and everything is normal.
The advice I seek is.. Do I need to worry anymore? Do I need to take it to the dealer when it seems normal now? I feel this was a fluke due to the cold weather and last ride being only 4 miles. Any comments appreciated. Thanks, Rich.
|Posted on Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 07:40 pm: ||
As you had another Buell before, you know the foul plugs thing is normal for a brand new bike. (Funny, I have bought 5 and none were ever fouled)
The oil light is probably coming on because from the sound of it, it was way overfilled. Now that you changed the oil, you are back at normal levels. Ride her and enjoy.
|Posted on Monday, November 16, 2009 - 07:54 am: ||
Thumbs up for riding in below freezing weather. You Da Man!
|Posted on Monday, November 16, 2009 - 10:03 am: ||
One of the things a dealer cannot fix is when it is back to normal. They will charge you for looking though.
|Posted on Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 06:54 pm: ||
Mine did this exact thing a few days ago and was purchased at the Syracuse NY dealership just after the HD closure. Drained 3 quarts out of my swingarm.....wonder if they are filling them all to the top? I see you are from Syracuse NY.