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Houston... we have a problem... oil spots on the top of the exhaust pipe and sta   Technical-Bikes

Started Oct-7 by JMK1100 (JMK1000); 471 views.
JMK1100 (JMK1000)

From: JMK1100 (JMK1000)



I have a level attached to my left crash bar.  I just bend a little with the level in sight and shoot a flash picture with my phone.  Always leveled - always clear picture showing the oil level and its color.  
I changed the oil almost 3 months ago.  I filled to 2/3 in the looking glass, since I heard from a few people that it helps shifting.  BUT, for a long time, I didn't have any splatter.  So, how can you explain that?  I did A LOT of heavy traffic riding in the Summer, and some 50 miles highway trips - no splatter.  Now I have it.  It doesn't look like it's coming from the breather - since it was just a little wet (one line, no accumulation).   
When I got the bike, it dived on me on the intersection on the right side (of course my stupid mistake).  The gas spilled from the tank a bit... I have to check again, but I think the tank breathes as it's supposed to.

I am not saying that what I complain about is tragic or unusual - something changed - and I am trying to find out WHAT has changed, and why.  The bike is old, but in a great condition.  Nothing warrants dramatic changes for the worst after 800 miles of mixed traffic.   But it is different.  My skills get better.  I do not ride faster than before, nor more agile than before.  I like cruising.  I am an old guy (although a new rider).  I do not push my bike too much.  And yet, what I described happens and the shifting is louder than before.  Something causes that.   
Thanks for your patience.

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JMK1100 (JMK1000)

From: JMK1100 (JMK1000)


Just an update on the engine starting after a short (1/2 - 1 hour) stop.  
When the weather got a bit coder, all the problem with starting disappeared.  I didn't have time to change anything before it leveled up.  My assumption is that the culprit WAS the Winter bland of the gasoline in a still warm period.  No other explanation.  The engine works the same way as it did beforehand.  Just an easy start.
Thanks to all who voiced their opinions.  It helped.


From: gradie55


Have you touched the carbs.... looked at them... you should try a quick sync... and see where they are...

the valve cover a rectangle cover, their 4 of them ... a normal leaking spot.. the cover takes 7 lbs and has an O ring seal remove and replace, just take them to any auto repair store and match them up .. buy 5 that way you always have a replacement..

JMK1100 (JMK1000)

From: JMK1100 (JMK1000)


Thanks, I will have to try it.  But my culprit was (as far as oil spotting) too much oil, and (!) a slight loosening of the external oil filter (I have a Baron oil filter relocation kit). Apparently the oil pump works well, so with the highway speed, I got a bit oil out through the thread.  My fault - I should have made sure that everything was tight...  After I tightened it up, and cleaned the engine, no oil spotting any more. 
I am on a crush course of learning...