When my bike was new it used some (@.5 QT/3000 mi). After about 6000 it never used a drop. When I put the 1250 Kit in, it has used @ .25 QT per 1500 miles, but seems to be leveling out. Just seems like the more time is on the motor the more the rings will seat up. IMHO don't think running the snot out of the motor will help seat them quicker, just takes some time and miles. When I did the tear down, I was shocked to see how well the sleeve looked. You could still see the original "FACTORY" hone marks like it was new. Never ever take a hone to these sleeves; they are done at the factory.
When I ran regular old HD20w50, my bike used about 1/2qt per 1500-2000 miles. I changed to Amsoil about 1500 miles ago and it hasnt used a drop since. I do run fairly hard at times. I have also noticed much smoother shifting since the Amsoil switch-over.
This thread is really for 02 and 03 v-rods and some early 04 bikes that the shift drum gear was a press fit and did not have a steel pin in them.
Has your bike been in for a trans repair related to shift forks or the shift drum?