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2017 ZX10R with about 1100 miles. I performed the initial break in oil change at 600 miles, the oil still looked brand new. Changed it and rode it for about 200 miles before taking it to Road Atlanta for a trackday. I noticed during the track day the oil kept getting darker and darker. Bike still running and shifting fine. Finished the track day and put about another 200 miles of street riding and changed the oil again (all total this oil had about 440 miles on it). When I drained it, it looked like metallic paint no big chunks, but definitely metal and lots of it. It didn’t stick to a magnet just wondering if anyone else has experienced this. I sent an oil sample off just awaiting results. Anyone else?
 

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Sorry to hear that! I'm waiting to perform break-in on my new, old stock, 2016 ZX10R until the title comes in the mail from the dealer. This is going to give me nightmares. I've read the earlier posts on proper break-in so hopefully everything goes smoothly. Have you done compression check and leak-down yet? It will be good to have that info when your oil analysis comes back. Hoping for you it's not the worst news-
 

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I haven’t yet. The bike is still under warranty so when I get the results back I’ll have some ammo for the dealer.
 

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The two brand new bikes i have owned i dropped the oil at 100km, 500km and 1000km. The 100 and 500 looked like glitter as you describe. After that it was perfect no metallic shine at all. I did the typical "hard break in" where you increase the load accelerating and engine braking as much as possible for the first two changes. Bikes always made great power and never had an issue to this day (5 years and 40,000km)
 

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there was a post about it, I have those flakes often, but it looks like clutch particles.... if it was from the bearings my bike would have blown long time ago.
 

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Invest in a magnetic drain plug and you'll know exactly what's floating around in there!
 

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Invest in a magnetic drain plug and you'll know exactly what's floating around in there!
+1. On the magnet. 45,000 kms and I still get the black stuff trapped on mine.
I remember the first few oil changes and I saw brighter particles, but it will go away after the next change or two.
 

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Probably clutch particles. That's why I change my oil after 2 trackdays. Also I have been using a m1-110 Mobil 1 filter. This does a fantastic job of filtering your oil. Magnet works well too.
 
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