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I went with a friend today to a salvage auction preview. There was an 08 600rr with 2500 miles that looks like it was flipped. The bike fired right up but gave off some heavy white smoke from the exhaust. I let it run for a few minutes (about 5 minutes) and waited to see if the smoke would go away but it did not. The bike reved and idled well but the view from the sightglass showed low oil.

My guess would be that oil got into the top end when it was flipped, causing the smoke. I'm just trying to decide if the smoke will go away or how big of a gamble I'm getting into. Here's a pic of the bike:



The auction isnt until next week so I'll have a few days to research it.
 

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My Bike was wrecked when i got it and it smoked like that until the first actual ride then it quit with no more issues.
 

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That must've been a real fast, straight and quick flip because the break lever is still intact. My bike flipped too, broke both mirrors, break lever, upper cowl and windshield. But I didn't get any smoke when I fired it back up.
 

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I was reading an article in a bike mag a couple months ago, can't remember which, where they interviewed a guy who run's a business buying, rebuilding and selling salvage bikes.

He was saying with the newest bikes it can be a big gamble as the frame walls have become so thin that he's seen bikes with tweaked frames just from slow speed parking lot drops.
The other thing he said though is that he avoids any bike that he knows/suspects has been flipped as the chance of frame and/or engine damage is way too high for him to consider it worth the risk (high impact energy, plus the engine could have been running upsidedown with no oil at the pickup, and oil getting into places it shouldn't).
 

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I wouldnt worry to much about the smoke. my bike was upside down in a fence for ten minutes and when i finally rebuilt it a few months down the road i needed to burn off all the oil that got into that airbox then into the exhaust system. the catalytic converter will soak up the oil so give it some time to burn off. Look on the bright side... for a couple days you shouldnt have a masquito in sight with all the smoke!
 

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the smoke should go away after a nice hard ride. i would buy it if the price was right.
 

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I bought my current 07 600RR race bike in a condition similiar to what this one looks like. My bike before this one was an 03 will a little more damage, it smoked for the first day or so and then went away. I race the bike for 2 years without a problem.
 
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