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so when my bike is idiling I sometimes smell this sweet smell, I'm wondering if oil is burning, coolant is burning, or if this is common and I just never picked up on it because I usually just take off and go
 

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if its really sweet, damn near sugary, its antifreeze.
 

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Its possible that fumes might be coming from the over flow bottle
 

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have you noticed the smell in your garage? the exhaust smells kind of strange from what a cars exhaust smells like, I'm sure it's probably just the exhaust that you're smelling. sometimes I can even smell it on my hands for no apparent reason after a ride. sounds stupid, but try putting your hand on the tip of the exhaust while it's running, then smell your hand, it's probably just that.
 

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Sweet smell = coolant.

If your bike has been at the shop recently, check to make sure the rubber cap on your coolant resevoir container has been properly snapped back on. Might be some spilled/burped coolant burning off (from being overfilled ?).
 
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