I havea 99 model xr250, latly it seems to of been chewing a fare bit of oil, its been running ok other than that though, i took it out riding, anyways, going along about third gear, and it started buzzing kind of, and i startd losing a bit of power, i then started slowing down, but the engine died before i could come to a halt, looking around theres no visible damage, although, compression seems to be a little less. old man recons to check the oil and make sure its not making metal, was wondering what worst case scenario could be, and how much to fix it. thanks
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From what you said, it would seem that you have got either a seized engine or gearbox, Drain the engine oil and look for small bits of metal in the oil, you should also check the oil filter. If there is nothing then you should try and turn the engine over by hand, with the gearbox in neutral. If the motor turns over then the problem would seem to be the gearbox. Sorry. Either way it will be expensive.
Hi Anonymous, the engine oil dipstick on Softail and Sportster models is located on the right hand front side of the oil tank and the Harley Bible says, engine should be at normal operating tempurature, let idle on jiffy stand for two minutes. Shut off engine and hold bike straight up and dipstick all the way in, correct engine oil level will be at the top full mark. Do not overfill oil tank as this will cause engine breathing issues. On Dyna and Touring models The engine oil dipsticks are located on the right front top corner of the transmission and the engine oil pan is underneath the transmission. The engine oil level is checked in the same manner as Softails and Sportsters. If you are having oil carryover or breathing issues (dipstick launch) try running oil level half way between the add and full marks, running the engine at this oil level will not harm normal operation. Good luck
GET A LAWYER IF THEY WON'T FIX IT FOR YOU FOR FREE!! If you ran it with no oil you fried rings and bearings and it won't ''run normally" for long. you will need a new motor or have that one replaced. the idiots
Your engine is getting hot enough to overheat the carburetors. That is why it is running poorly when it gets really hot. You have a classic problem normally only associated with air cooled engines. If you are in hot conditions, in stop and go traffic you have the same options as an air cooled bike. Turn it off and let it cool down (the fans will continue to run on most bikes) which will help but may run down the battery. The other option is to find another route that keeps you moving even if at in town speeds. If your mixture is set lean that can cause extra heat. If you have put on different exhaust pipes with out rejetting that can make you run lean/hotter. If you have opened the air box and put in a K&N air filter that can make you run lean/hot. If an oil cooler or bigger oil cooler is available that will help lower your engine temperature. Running synthetic engine oil and synthetic hypoid gear oil (in the final drive) will also lower engine temperatures. Try a spark plug one heat range colder. This is recommended in the owners manual for hot weather driving. Every little bit helps.
It may be running lean (too high air'fuel ratio). Do a plug chop: In a safe area with the engine fully warmed up, get to a cruising speed, then pull in the clutch in and hit the kill switch and stop the bike.
Pull the spark plugs and "read" them - see how the insulators look. Tan like a paper bag is ideal color. White is too lean, dark is too rich.
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Sounds like one of two possible problems. 1.) You have overfilled the oil level. 2.) You have a faulty oil pump.
The 98 xr250 is a dry sump model and the oil pump, pumps oil back to the frame/tank (oil in frame).If you have too much oil in your system the oil tank overflows back into the engine the excess oil can affect the internal pressure in the engine this can cause some of the excess to be vented through the crank case breather. A more severe and urgent problem could be a failure of the oil pump to return oil to the tank , this could lead to severe engine damage as your oil system could be starved. Firstly drain all your oil and measure what comes out , should be no more than 1.4 litres, if you have more you have found the problem !! If the amount of oil is correct, then i am afraid you will have to open the engine and have the oil pump / lubrication system examined / replaced by a professional. Hope this helps
Okay one issue with many of the Sportster models is the intake gaskets. They only seem to have a life of two to three years. What happens is once the bike gets warm these gaskets don't work well if very much at all and the bike is too lean to start. But once the bike cools off all is good. Sound familar?
Now I've personally owned a 1978 XLCR, 1984 XLH, 1997 XLCH, and each and everyone has made me cuss with the same issue.
You may have other issues but I would start there first, as the gaskets are less than $10, the labor if you do it yourself is free. Good luck and let us know if this helps.
Does it have a safety switch on the kickstand? If yes check to make sure it is working properly as it will shut the bike engine off. It's simple but most of the time it's the simple things that stop us...