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Mar 23rd 2018, 06:58 PM   #1
 
  Mar 2018
  Gig Harbor

  2008 BMW R1200GS Adventure
White smoke out of exhaust after running 10 minutes

Just a new rider (again) and turned the VROD on for about 10 minutes and noticed I was getting a fair bit of white smoke out of the exhaust. Iím assuming sheís just running lean and it does look like Iím a half quart low on oil.

I just wanted to check in here and make sure this isnít possibly indicative of something more serious.

Sorry if itís a dumb question. Iím a new parent!
Mar 23rd 2018, 07:04 PM   #2
 Rock Dodger's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Washington

Has it been ridden frequently? If not, it might have something to do with fuel or moisture build up in various places. It might be a good idea to ride it for an hour or so, then see if it does the same thing on the next cold start.
Mar 23rd 2018, 07:31 PM   #3
 SilvieFox's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  welches, Oregon

  08Kawasaki Versys(Sylvester),72Suzuki RV90(vanvan),81Honda TwinStar(Bobber),Yamaha225,Honda Shadow
next time it does that put your hand down by the exhaust and let it blow on your hand then give it the sniff test.. does it smell really raw fuely, oily, or like just exhaust?
Mar 23rd 2018, 07:36 PM   #4
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  Sep 2017
  milwaukie oregon

  gsxr600 gsxr750 gsxr1000 i like gsxrs
Id be concerned, white smoke is burning oil and where did the half quart go? I know
Nothing about vrods but worn valve Guides will let some Oil past and create some Smoke as will worn rings And a Few Other Things. You can pull the plugs and see how they look? Is it running normally? Has it been along time since it was run? Ive had bad batterys mess up my pc maping.

Edited by unicykle on Mar 23rd 2018 at 07:41 PM
Mar 23rd 2018, 07:40 PM   #5
 
  Mar 2018
  Gig Harbor

  2008 BMW R1200GS Adventure
It’s a 2003 with 8500 miles, so I don’t think it was ridden much.

The tires were replaced sometime before it was traded in at the dealer, so I’m assuming it sat for a long time and ruined the tires.

Really hoping I’m not about to start a game of Replace the Seal...

ETA: While we are on the subject, what weight oil do you guys recommend?

Edited by Didley on Mar 23rd 2018 at 07:54 PM
Mar 23rd 2018, 08:57 PM   #6
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  Sep 2017
  milwaukie oregon

  gsxr600 gsxr750 gsxr1000 i like gsxrs
[QUOTE=Didley;45431]Itís a 2003 with 8500 miles, so I donít think it was ridden much.

The tires were replaced sometime before it was traded in at the dealer, so Iím assuming it sat for a long time and ruined the tires.

Really hoping Iím not about to start a game of Replace the Seal...

ETA: While we are on the subject, what weight oil do you guys recommend?[/QUOTE

Pretty much any motorcycle oil will work
Mar 23rd 2018, 10:03 PM   #7
 
  Mar 2018
  Gig Harbor

  2008 BMW R1200GS Adventure
Update:

Started her up again and let her idle while I talked to my dad on the phone (life-long self-made mechanic of everything from cars and motorcycles to F/A-18 Fighter Jets and Helicopters.

He had me worried all sorts of things. But after about 10-15 minutes the smoke started subsiding and eventually went away.

So... false alarm! I’m just worried that I’ll find something on this bike that will make it a horrible mistake. It did make me realize I’m low on oil, though, so that’s good I guess.

But the earlier question of “where’d it go” has to be answered now.
Mar 23rd 2018, 10:07 PM   #8
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  Feb 2016
  Bellingham, WA

  Yamaha FZ-07
Maybe your bike just elected a pope.
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Mar 24th 2018, 04:25 AM   #9
 PuReGeNiUs's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Birch Bay

  2014 Yamaha FZ-09, Blazing Orange all decked out. :)
Read this... https://www.motorcyclistonline.com/w...cycle-to-smoke
Mar 24th 2018, 08:29 AM   #10
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  Apr 2016
  Kitsap

  Yamaha Venture --Victory Octane
Call the HD shop and see what weight oil is recommended for your VRod.
I did a quick google check on a HD forum and came up with a answer of 20w-50. This looks to be where you should be asking VRod questions;

1130cc.com: The #1 Harley Davidson V-Rod Forum

There are a bunch of HD sites. Have fun finding one with knowledgeable members!

Also check the sight glass (if so equiped) and under the fill cap for light brown foam. If you find any, change the oil immediately as there is moisture in your oil. Hopefully not coolant. As it has sat and wasnt ridden much there might be substantial condensation build up, It would seem the dealership would change the oil but not always.

Edited by Skiffman on Mar 24th 2018 at 08:36 AM
Mar 24th 2018, 08:39 AM   #11
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  Jan 2016
  Richland

  Yamaha FZ1, KTM Super Duke GT, Yamaha FJR, Yamaha XS650
White smoke sometimes is from a bad head gasket and water is leaking into the combustion chamber.
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Mar 24th 2018, 08:42 AM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Puyallup

  Yamaha FZ1, Aprilia RSV4 R
Black = Fuel
Blue = Oil
White = Water

Storing the bike without a full tank, or empty, will lead to condensation in the tank and this is exasperated by EtOH in fuel. This will cause all kinds of fun issues and one of them being excessive steam (white smoke) in the exhaust. Obviously, you've got it sorted now, but in the future look there first. If it happened to not go away and your coolant temp rose beyond normal, you'd probably be looking at a head gasket leak.
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Mar 24th 2018, 10:59 AM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
What does red smoke indicate? Squirrel got in the exhaust?
Mar 24th 2018, 03:54 PM   #14
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
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Originally Posted by ZXtasy
What does red smoke indicate? ...
Commanche's!



Disclaimer: I honor and respect the Red Road.
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