Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Bergen County, NJ, USA
Only 12,500 on an '02? there's the problem. [ NOT joking here ] Lots of time spent sitting in the garage, probably on the side stand, right? Your description of the VERY smoky condition probably means that all that time just sitting there the oil has been trickling past the piston rings, all you need is the ring's gap to be pointed downward, and you'd probably get a ton of oil past that ring what with all the time this bike has spent sitting. It's not just the 6 or 7 hundred miles you're putting on the bike, it's the looong time just sitting that's causing your oil use. You're burning the oil on startup. Use the center stand only, and exercise that bike more!