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Puffs of smoke on start up

I have recently seen a rather large puff of smoke coming from around the engine area when I start the bike. It only happens when is has been sitting on the kickstand for several hours. When I have it parked on the center stand it is fine. It is a 2006 with close to 22k on it. It runs fine otherwise. I do not see any leakage anywhere either.

It happens immediately when the bike is started. The first time I thought great, I just fried some electrical wiring. Everything still works, and it has happened several time since.

Has anyone else seen this occur?
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Just checked the similar threads. I guess I can stop sweating now. Thanks!
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Worry makes you age faster !! We all been there done that. Stop the engine while in the vertical position and wait a few before letting it down on the side stand. Next start should be smoke free.

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I have recently seen a rather large puff of smoke coming from around the engine area when I start the bike. It only happens when is has been sitting on the kickstand for several hours. When I have it parked on the center stand it is fine. It is a 2006 with close to 22k on it. It runs fine otherwise. I do not see any leakage anywhere either.

It happens immediately when the bike is started. The first time I thought great, I just fried some electrical wiring. Everything still works, and it has happened several time since.

Has anyone else seen this occur?
Howdo..

It's just one of the LT's little querky traits mine does exactly the same on the sidestand but not on its main stand

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Puffs of smoke on start up?
You must have bought a bike with a K engine! LOL
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That's the Harley feature that BMW added.
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I have recently seen a rather large puff of smoke coming from around the engine area when I start the bike. It only happens when is has been sitting on the kickstand for several hours. When I have it parked on the center stand it is fine. It is a 2006 with close to 22k on it. It runs fine otherwise. I do not see any leakage anywhere either.

It happens immediately when the bike is started. The first time I thought great, I just fried some electrical wiring. Everything still works, and it has happened several time since.

Has anyone else seen this occur?
If the smoke comes out the exhaust, then nothing to worry about. But I am not sure how to interpret "around the engine area." Do you mean from around the engine itself from under the fairing? That would not be normal and would suggest that there is a leak in the valve cover or some other place that is letting oil get into the exhaust header and then burning off on start-up.

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That's what I was going to say......

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Any chance your overfull on your engine oil?
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Re: Puffs of smoke on start up

Mine puffs too when I don't let the oil drain back into the pan for a few moments before leaning over on the left side kick stand. The first time or two I was also worried but now understand its just a little oil seeping by the pistons on the left side. If anything else, that little bit of oil provides some lubrication at the initial startup and stops the pistons from starting on dry cylinders. Who knows, maybe it was a design meant to provide a better protected start-up.

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I was told that once by my riding buddy.
I have never actually seen the smoke but my pipe was covered in soot. Well I cleaned it and now I keep an eye on the exhaust after every ride and intend to nip it in the bud at the earliest sighting. I keep mine on the CS except for gasing up. I used the side stand a few times because of the wind. . .too windy. From all I have read on this forum a puff of smoke is not a big worry. Just keep that chrome shining.
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i might suggest if it is comeing from the engine area.you might want to check the exaust manifold flange nuts & with the lower body panel off you will be able to check for a valve cover leak also
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Puffs of smoke on start up?
You must have bought a bike with a K engine! LOL
What were the BMW engineers thinking when they designed a bike engine with heads on the left side???

BMW can fix this by simply moving the sidestand to the right side.

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[QUOTE= Don't worry mine dose it to, From eating tham darn harlys got to shit something out.
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I've noticed this happens once in a while, especially if the bike has been sitting for a week or so or for longer periods on the stand stand. I don't think you have anything to worry about.

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Don't worry mine dose it to, From eating tham darn harlys got to shit something out.
You should not let your LT eat junk food. That is not a healthy diet.

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No worries she's just marking her territory

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I was told it's a design feature to let your Harley riding buddies know you had started your bike.

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I have recently seen a rather large puff of smoke coming from around the engine area when I start the bike. It only happens when is has been sitting on the kickstand for several hours. When I have it parked on the center stand it is fine. It is a 2006 with close to 22k on it. It runs fine otherwise. I do not see any leakage anywhere either.

It happens immediately when the bike is started. The first time I thought great, I just fried some electrical wiring. Everything still works, and it has happened several time since.

Has anyone else seen this occur?
I have owned my LT from new for 8 years now and while i am quite familiar with the smoke from the exhaust after the bike has been standing on its sidestand I too aged considerably when a puff of smoke was emitted for the first time from the left hand side of the engine bay after start up. As a follow up on this thread does anyone have anything to add and where exactly could the smoke be emitted from?
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I have owned my LT from new for 8 years now and while i am quite familiar with the smoke from the exhaust after the bike has been standing on its sidestand I too aged considerably when a puff of smoke was emitted for the first time from the left hand side of the engine bay after start up. As a follow up on this thread does anyone have anything to add and where exactly could the smoke be emitted from?
Hopefully this will answer your question. From using the SEARCH function on this site, I picked the first post that looked relevant, and found this quote...
"Most K- engines (flying bricks) do that.
When on the kick stand the pistons are on the low side and oil can get past the piston rings. Just a few drops can create quite a show. My old K100 was broke in right and did not do that. My LT does it sometimes, less frequently than it used to. Some report if you hold the bike up for a moment after you shut off the engine, and give a chance for the oil to settle, then put it on the kick stand you'll get less or no smoke."

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Cochinosucio I am well aware of the vast opportunities that await me on the site and in fact it was only by surfing the site that I found this question was already posted hence added to it rather than a new post! In fact in my 6 years of being a member of this site I have not found it necessary to post as a search usually revealed many answers to any questions I may have had.
What i was really looking for is perhaps some further feedback from the likes of pcporter who originally posted the question some time ago but if you or anyone can find and actual answer to my question and copy and paste it I would be most grateful.
Seemingly many of us are aware of the smoke emitted from the exhaust after the bike has been on the sidestand but what is most intriguing and indeed a worry is the smoke emitted from the engine bay.
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New edited version, with my apologies.

Wow. Enjoy your cornflakes.....

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I have recently seen a rather large puff of smoke coming from around the engine area when I start the bike. It only happens when is has been sitting on the kickstand for several hours. When I have it parked on the center stand it is fine. It is a 2006 with close to 22k on it. It runs fine otherwise. I do not see any leakage anywhere either.

It happens immediately when the bike is started. The first time I thought great, I just fried some electrical wiring. Everything still works, and it has happened several time since.

Has anyone else seen this occur?
I'd like to chime in also about smoke coming somewhere from the engine. When starting from the side stand mine does the same thing as well as coming from the tail pipe. "Maybe" from exhuast pipe to head area but really can't say. I've only had mine for a week so I can't say much about my expertise on the subject.

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I still like the story that its a feature to pre-oil the cylinders, The mosquito fog is good too.

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I dunno anything about smoke on startup when parked on the sidestand. I haven't seen it on my bike...but then, it's no longer an LT!

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