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I keep my 01 LT in the garage, it is heated. Purchased it about 2 months ago. Live in Minnesota, weather is always changing, humidity, cool, hot, damp, etc.

Notice when the bike sits outdoors for awhile (few hours or more), and I go to start it, possibly rev it, blue smoke will discharge from the pipe. Its a significant discharge. Disappears after transmission engages.

Now if the bike sits indoors (and it usually does) no smoke after start. Nothing, not even after a rev. Is this normal for BMW LT?

Any similar stories or thoughts?, bike has 70,000 miles. Checks out, fluids all good, serviced regular. Runs and idles perfect.


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Re: Blue smoke?

I might add it seems to happen in the evening when the temps are cooling and it feels damp out, or if it sits outside the hotel on a trip, early morning start, cool temps, damp, fog. Again, no apparent discharge after sitting in a warm dry garage all night. I should probably avoid any engine revs after start, or have someone do a compression check.


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I might add it seems to happen in the evening when the temps are cooling and it feels damp out, or if it sits outside the hotel on a trip, early morning start, cool temps, damp, fog. Again, no apparent discharge after sitting in a warm dry garage all night. I should probably avoid any engine revs after start, or have someone do a compression check.
Are you using the centerstand inside and the sidestand when parking outside?

If left on the sidestand, oil leaks past the rings and the bike will emit blue smoke for a few seconds when started. if you use the centerstand all of the time, this will not happen.

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That explains it, the bike sits on the center stand via garage at home.
Makes perfect sense, thank you.


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That explains it, the bike sits on the center stand via garage at home.
Makes perfect sense, thank you.
The smoke isn't harmful and only a minute amount of oil is consumed, but it is annoying. I generally use the centerstand, but if I plan to use the sidestand, I've found that shutting off the engine and holding the bike upright or leaned slightly to the right for 30 seconds or so helps minimize the amount of oil that can get in the cylinders and then leak past the rings when the bike is leaned to the left.

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It's best to park around a bunch of other bikers and leave it on the side stand for a while. Make sure you announce that you gotta go so all eyes are on you before you start the bike. You WILL leave an impression on them as they will talk about you for weeks.

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It's best to park around a bunch of other bikers and leave it on the side stand for a while. Make sure you announce that you gotta go so all eyes are on you before you start the bike. You WILL leave an impression on them as they will talk about you for weeks.
Then you can blame it on the Harleys. Loudly inform them it only does that whe someone parks a Harley too close to it.

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I put a girlfriend in a blue gray cloud last night after burgers.
She wondered if there was something wrong with the bike, I said she only does that to protest hauling extra weight.


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I put a girlfriend in a blue gray cloud last night after burgers.
She wondered if there was something wrong with the bike, I said she only does that to protest hauling extra weight.

Maybe an ex girlfriend

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Maybe an ex girlfriend

Girlfriends come and go. Since when would I care about an ex?
Having wayyy to fun.


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