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Blown up engine

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Hi guys!

I just red a post on the local dual sport enthusiasts forum about a girl who blown her TW engine last year. She went for a long trip, lots of highway riding, climbed the Mt Washington, and got back. About 60 miles from home her engine failed. She had to have the head rebuilt.

The reason all that happened is quite simple. She did not take the time to check oil level between oil changes. Sustained high rpm leads to faster oil evaporation. She discovered it the hard way.

So I thought it might be a good idea to pass the word. Guys, check your oil level before each ride! A couple ounces of oil worth nothing compared to the price of a head rebuilt.

Have a good day ;-)
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That's good advice for any single cylinder four stroke motorcycle engine.

This is even better advice;

Been there. Got something like a vapor lock in the oilways of the top end and some crazy cam squealing. I was lucky to get home before it chewed anything up. On a lot of bikes this isn't necessary, but when it is, it is. Sometimes I take the valve covers off at oil changes to see the lifters work and make sure there's some splash up there too.
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