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Old 9th November 2014
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hey guys I am new here so don't chew my arse to bad , but been lurking here and there since I bought my 2014 883 iron in august, well I have had carry over pretty bad with only 1700 miles so I took it back to dealer 2 weeks ago and they blew me off I think (kept it for couple days and said nothing wrong just checked oil level and took it for ride) they told me running it hard would do that. I don't think I rode it that hard. any way since this thread was still recent I thought I would jump in and say thanks for info I got 20-50 syn i'll ride that this winter 1/2quart low to see if that helps come spring i'll go straight 50 1/2quart low. something has got to happen brand new bike and I had oil running down side of engine yes it was coming out of air box. I have rode twice since then(dealer and lowering oil) and nothing leaking, will monitor to see how MY bike needs to be kept and ridden. I know it is a cruiser not a sport bike but shame if I gotta ride like an old man
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Just an added comment to this thread - the oil leaking from the air cleaner might not be the only source. I had oil getting on the side of the bike and could find no leaks. It usually happened when running the Interstate highways for a while at high speeds. Found out it was coming from the primary vent line that terminated on the right side above and forward of the rear wheel. I bought the 01 used and not real sure if that vent line should have ran on back or not. I added a short piece of hose and ran it on to the rear of the bike. No more oil down the side! It wasn't enough oil venting to have any effect on the level in the primary. It was only some light oil mist, but it doesn't take much oil to make a big mess.

That might be something to check if you can't find any other source for the mess on the side of the bike.
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One trick I've learn from a girl friend : she use a sanitary serviet aka as Kotex at the bottom of her air cleaner, she swear not a single drop of oil get pass it. She say you have to change it less often than a woman will do. Beat all the AC recommendation I've seen so far. LOL
That is true. Bikers have been using that trick for decades, BUT, here are some pictures showing what happens when all of that oily mess goes back into the motor instead of being vented into the atmosphere.



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I run an external horse shoe breather with indexed bolts running directly under the bike.

Tell the guy running the cylinder on the picture number 2 to richen his AFR, you can see is having a spot that will turn into a hole if he still run his bike that lean.
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My Sporty hits 5th gear at 115mph keep at it buddy!
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hey sorry to bring this thread back up with out researching forum more but after a few rides with a little oil drip had big time blow bye. did about a 9 hour round trip to Virginia mountains and back to county by the bay, had a very little spittle, drove to work next day very easily and had a major puking just from 15min ride with oil level just above line when warm. took it back to dealer and they said they could not find anything only thing if I have a problem again would be to take heads apart and rebuild under warranty . I like my ride but this ain't right and down right embarrassing at work. I would never have bought it if I new this was going to happen on a brand new motorcycle. can some one tell me how I can complain to Harley Headquarters ?
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hey sorry to bring this thread back up with out researching forum more but after a few rides with a little oil drip had big time blow bye. did about a 9 hour round trip to Virginia mountains and back to county by the bay, had a very little spittle, drove to work next day very easily and had a major puking just from 15min ride with oil level just above line when warm. took it back to dealer and they said they could not find anything only thing if I have a problem again would be to take heads apart and rebuild under warranty . I like my ride but this ain't right and down right embarrassing at work. I would never have bought it if I new this was going to happen on a brand new motorcycle. can some one tell me how I can complain to Harley Headquarters ?
Why complain to HD headquarters? The dealer said if it happened again (and it probably will) they will rebuild under warranty. Probably you have one or two bad umbrella valves, and if they replace them, and anything else during the rebuild, seems like they are taking care of you.

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