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Hey everyone :shakehand :retard:

I got my first bike in October and she has been great to me. I stopped riding for 10 days over Christmas while with family.

I come home and go for a ride and notice smoke coming up along the forks. Smells bad like burnt oil. I took the right side fairings off and see oil on the oil filter. It's on the third pipe from the left.

I wiped down the filter and could even tighten it a 1/8-1/4 turn. I see oil around the rim maybe. I wipe the rag around other parts looking for leaked oil. None.I see grime all around the oil pan gasket edge maybe.

So then I take it for a ride around the complex parking lot not going over 15 mph and back in the carport and see/smell smoke.

So I get down and look and sure enough oil is on the exhaust header, third pipe from the left. Oil filter looked dry though I THINK. Can't remember looking now..

What should I do?

No smoke in exhaust.

Oil level is good, right at the top line 5min after shutdown.
 

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The oil has to be coming out of somewhere. Try leaving the bike running and going under the bike to look for a leak somehow. If you saw oil on the filter it might be whats causing the leek, you could always try to do an oil change.
 

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Oil change won't do squat if it's escaping somewhere. Valve cover maybe? Dunno. Take a pic of the smoking engine and send it over. Can't diagnose or offer any useful info without good background.
 

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This seems obvious but the first thing you need to do is identify if the oil on the headers is new or old so you NEED to look around under the engine and clean off all the old oil.

Then start and run the bike for a bike to see if any new old comes out and where. If that was old oil on the headers from the filter it will take a bit to burn off and will smoke until it's gone.

When was the last oil change?

Any other damage under the bike you can see?

If you're at all concerned about your ability to identify the issue take it to a shop and get it fixed. Don't be one of these guys who lives with it because it might cost $100 for someone to look at it.

Mike
 

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Ok thanks. I'm going to wipe it all down real well and do as you suggest. Also will get some video of it too just in case someone sees something I don't.

I'll take it to a shop on Monday if I don't find anything obvious. I don't like to attempt to fix something until I know what it is.

Last oil change was supposedly 2-3 weeks before I bought it. I should have done one right away. Guy seemed so into his bike I had confidence and let it slide.
 

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I'd be willing to bet you're using a K&N oil filter?...

I had a very similar issue until I stopped using K&N filters.
 

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FWIW,
When you do an oil change,sometimes the o ring from the old filter stays in place on the motor, and when you place the new oil filter, you have an imperfect seal .....from the 2 o rings now in place.

could this have happened?
 

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Your filter probably has a faulty gasket. Too tight or too loose will also leak. You need to get the bike warm and look underneath for the source of the leak.
 

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I am having the sme problem my leak comes from the oil filter and drips maybe for 15 seconds only when I start the bike. Also I believe when it cools down it drips a few more drops. Not sure because I don't sit there and wait for it to cool down. 2 filters ago this happened. I changed it didn't happen. Did an oil change shortly after and it started happening again. Any suggestions
 

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I am having the sme problem my leak comes from the oil filter and drips maybe for 15 seconds only when I start the bike. Also I believe when it cools down it drips a few more drops. Not sure because I don't sit there and wait for it to cool down. 2 filters ago this happened. I changed it didn't happen. Did an oil change shortly after and it started happening again. Any suggestions
What type of filter are you using?
 

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Did you put a thin layer of oil in the gasket before installing it. Was the mating surface cleaned before putting the new filter on? Over tightened or too loose? I would clean the whole front side of the motor, leave the fairings off, run the motor and watch to see where the leak is coming from.
 

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I saw some vids on youtube about the K&N oil filters. Apparently the nut to tighten the filter on the end is compromising the filter and causing leaks
in some cases.
 

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You know, I've seen a butt load of reviews about that same issue, and I have yet to have that problem. I've been using these filters for years and have yet to have the issues that others have described. Maybe I'm just lucky like that lol
 
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