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Honda CB250 ticking after it ran out of oil

Have a 2008 Honda CB250 with 6k miles. Noticed a slight ticking noise on the way to work the other day (22 miles). Checked the oil before I left and there was none showing on the dip. Drove 1-2 miles and bought and added 2 quarts. Still ticking pretty loud. Going to do a full oil change this weekend (not going to ride it until then). Any idea what this noise is? If there is permanent damage done? It still runs and turns over with no problems. Don't know why the hell there was no oil in it. Did an oil change at 3k miles. Was planning on doing the regular oil change this weekend anyway. Why would a brand new bike burn oil like that? Never saw any leaks anywhere.

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The ticking noise you hear is most likely a sticky valve. I would be concerned about the oil consumption , sounds as though it maybe still under warranty. I would take it in and address the issues

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Is there any area on the bike that is covered with what seems to be "wet dirt"? It is entirely possible you could have a blown seal and are therefore dumping oil. If the dipstick is showing nothing, there is not enough oil for the engine and it will seize so don't run it until you locate the source of the leak.

Unless the bike has constant white or bluish-gray smoke coming out of the exhaust all the time, it's not burning oil.

The tapping you are hearing could be a a lifter, valve, connecting rod...whatever it is, the tick started recently and you don't see oil on the dipstick, there is a major oil leak somewhere.

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new engines burn oil until the rings wear in, if you were riding it hard and never noticed oil gone , possible damage. i would top up oil and keep and eye. if its still under warranty i would suggest dealer look at it

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