Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Harrisburg , PA, USA
Well being it was serviced for the 500 mile I would bet on a drain and no refill myself.
Or he has a misaligned oil pump and is sumping in the crank and is churning oil into butter. Which will retain as much as 40 oz I have been told.
The ATF probably mixed with oil from the crank case a bit. All in all I would not want that motor now. Still breaking in and no telling what he did to the rings/pistons/cylinder, let alone HD'S notorious cam bearings. If it was running hot and the rings and the piston lands got micro-welded, the piston/rings/and the jugs need replaced and the jugs honed or + bored if they are scored.
And also he should need 3.5 qt with a filter on that 500 mile service (Screwing) he received. The guy they got changing oil drained it, spun a new filter on, and never filed it with oil. My money rides on this as my few experiences with HD service over 10 years proved that many times. And the guy doing oil changes in a busy shop, is not always the brightest Crayon in the box.
Sorry to hear his woes on a new bike.
Pre ride inspection is critical to ones good health, and the bikes longevity.
I am old school and always warm my bike, and this was on air cooled. I ride all winter here in Pensatucky, 10-40W winter Strait 50 or 60W in the summer.
I let my LT warm up too. I then do a pre ride looking, and sometimes yanking on stuff, and a visual for leaks, look over rotors and break pads, check lighting and whatever.