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I have a Virago 250 with a bit over 40,000 miles. I noticed that the plastic gear that drives the oil pump is starting to strip -- a few of the teeth are starting to chip away. They still seems to be engaged though.

Obviously it needs to be replaced. My question is, how bad of an idea is it to continue riding while I wait for the gears to come in? I don't know a good way to tell if the pump ever fails, and there's no oil pressure switch.
 

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Were I in your shoes, knowing that the gear is already damaged, I'd park the wheels until the replacement comes in. Stuff like that may be good for thousands of miles -- until in an instant, it isn't.
 

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I agree with the above. I never take chances with the oiling system of a vehicle no matter if it has 2, 4 or no wheels. Also you may want to look into why it is starting to fray. Make sure this isn't a symptom of another issue that could come back to bite you.
 

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Park it then fix it.
 
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