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post #1 of 5 Old Nov 11th, 2018, 6:41 pm Thread Starter
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We are new to this forum but not so new to motorcycle touring. We joined this forum because , of course , we bought a K1200lt. Actually my wife bought it , I am rather fond of my R1200gs. I did take the K out for a couple of 4 hour rides in temps as low as 3 degrees Celsius and raining. I must say I rather enjoyed the features of the K in that weather. We do have a problem tho and I am looking for advice. The bike burns blue when started but clears up in a few minutes. I do most servicing on our bikes and have a fairly well equipped shop to work in. Some forums are rather huge and finding what I am looking for can take some time so it seems a good idea to ask where to look first. The bike is a 2008 model with 32000kms on it.
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post #2 of 5 Old Nov 11th, 2018, 7:58 pm
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We are new to this forum but not so new to motorcycle touring. We joined this forum because , of course , we bought a K1200lt. Actually my wife bought it , I am rather fond of my R1200gs. I did take the K out for a couple of 4 hour rides in temps as low as 3 degrees Celsius and raining. I must say I rather enjoyed the features of the K in that weather. We do have a problem tho and I am looking for advice. The bike burns blue when started but clears up in a few minutes. I do most servicing on our bikes and have a fairly well equipped shop to work in. Some forums are rather huge and finding what I am looking for can take some time so it seems a good idea to ask where to look first. The bike is a 2008 model with 32000kms on it.
Welcome to the forum from Sugar Hill, GA.

All LT's will " Burn Blue" if parked on the side stand. The head is to the left and when on the side stand, it allows draining oil to pool and seep past the rings into the cylinders so yes, it smokes if it is stopped and parked on the side stand. Your 08 may have the electric hydraulic center stand. If you use that, it shouldn't smoke at start up. Another way to minimize the smoke is to stop the engine while upright and allow it to drain for a few seconds before lowering it to the side stand or even lean it slightly to the right and that can help to keep it from smoking on start up. It is nothing more than an undocumented feature of a horizontal engine that is tilted towards the head when stopped. Don't worry about it.

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post #3 of 5 Old Nov 11th, 2018, 8:11 pm
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Every time you wake the dragon, it may breathe out a little smoke to let you know it is ready to ride.

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Why thanks guys. "The Dragon" is sleeping now till spring. The solenoid for the center stand is not functioning so I will replace that. But I will sleep much better now that I know(have been informed) that it is normal for that engine.
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PS. We are in North Bay Ontario . about 3 hours north of Toronto. The snow is upon us already. Bummer.
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