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all of a sudden i'm seeing smoke.

after standing for 1 1/2 hours while we (the local GA PGR) honored a VN Vet and POW with 2 purple hearts and a bronze star, i started the My Camel to go back to the camel house. she emitted blue, oil smelling smoke (yes, it was smoke from a camel, but not.....well, you know).

i know the story of LT's smoking a bit when left sitting on the side stand but this wasn't a 'puff' or two, this was much more smoke than i have seen before from the side stand.
when rev'ing multiple times (after letting warm up for a few seconds) she still emitted smoke. here i am, sandwiched between a number of HD's, rumbling, and my beautiful '02 LT is smoking a camel.

BTW this was only 15 minutes from the camel house through town (>45 MPH). i had been running errands prior to going to this service. all >50 MPH and most around 35 or so.

she has 29,650 Miles on her so i can't believe it's valves or pistons or engine stuff. it has to be something else. i'm due for MY first oil change whiich i'm going to attempt by myself, since i got her a year ago with 24K miles.

your collective experienced knowledge comments an thoughts are very welcome. i don't want to take her to the dealer unless you think this may be something major.

thanks all!!
 

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When you shut down, dont immediately put it on the side stand, let the oil drain into the crankcase. I'll, shut down, hold the bike upright, and take off my gloves and helmet, then set on the side stand. This has worked well for me.
 

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x2...............what happens is that the oil settles in the piston skirts..........if you keep it upright just long enough to let that drain out.........no problem-o's..........if the oil is warm.....it just takes a few seconds...............if you haven't run it that long; well, sit there for a while, on the level, take off your helmet and gloves, then; get off and put it on the center stand..........it's sort of a thing we all get used too...............just saying.......... ;)
 

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When you stop, turn off the engine, lean it a little to the right for a little bit, then put it over on the side stand.

You want to drain oil out of the bottom of the cylinders before leaning it to the left. Any oil pooled in the bottom of the cylinder once leaned left has the possibility of slowly leaking past the rings, and will burn off on start up.
 

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Mine has smoked so badly that I couldn't see cars in my rear view mirrors. Took several minutes to go away. As everyone says, keep her off the side stand or hold her upright for a short time after engine shutdown. By the way, all horizontal engines are prone to this with the right conditions.
Ever see an old aviation radial motor start up? Wow.
 

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ok. i'm just a scaredy cat (is that how it's spelled?)

i just have not seen that happen in the year i've mounted her.i have seen a little in the garage.

i'll take your word for it. and i'll change my habits. turn off. leave vertical/slightly tip to right for 30 seconds or so, then onto the stand (note i'm not saying which stand). actually i have yet to master the center stand and have been using the side stand for a year.

i have had 2 people show me the right way and i still can't master it. oh well, there ARE SOME things i CAN do.

thanks brother LT'ers.
 

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it takes a little time Mike.........practice makes perfect, if you make your practice perfect.............right?............. ;)
 

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yeah Jim. i've been married 2x. you'd think practice makes perfect ;)

i got off immediately when i stopped her when i got home. i just fired her up and yep....smoke.....

this time i shut her down and let her sit vertical for a minute or 2. we'll see what we shall see.

but gentlemen----and i say that with GREAT respect......

why all of a sudden? this is the first time in 4k miles.

the only difference from 1 year ago to now, is that i'm letting her rev up to 4k and above before shifting. i've been doing that for a couple of weeks now. could that somehow be the cause??

she's due for an oil change. the PO has used Amsoil for the past 4 years.

maybe i should be going back to normal, real, oil? and if the answer is yes....why??

what's going on?

i've noticed my mileage has gone down over the past spring from about 41 MPG when i got her a year ago, to about 37 MPG.

any relationship? air or fuel filter? I know the brown wire has been cut. i looked behind the back seat and saw a rubber tube standing vertically. maybe i should take the box and seat out and trace the tubes from up front?

i'm going to ask for some help from Chris blueknightga who lives here locally and has offered to assist in my first oil change. he might help take her apart a bit to see if it has had a canisterectomy done.

thanks for listening
 

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What everybody else says.... side stand = smoke.

4k not a problem, the bmw mechanic I bought mine from said the more revs the better.

What kind of oil?... now you have gone and opened a can 'o worms !

If bmw says use 20-50 for summer type sf, sg or sh oil, that is correct, and they mean dino oil, not syn.
 

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yeah. i sometimes do that. i do start controversial issues for no known reason.

i think i'll just use normal oil at this change. 20/50. i just looked at the oil level in the sight glass. i'm not sure what i am looking at but it appears to be low-not visible.now.....i AM on the side stand and i understand the oil will migrate to the left side and the right side might show low. so in the AM i'll try to get her on the center stand and heat up the engine and see.

but question to y'all: what if i ADD regular oil to the synthetic that's already in the crank case? can i do that as a stop gap until i change oil, or should i get my butt down to one of the auto stores and put some mobil one or other synthetic in until the upcoming change?

is it dangerous to mix?
 

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Maybe you did something just different enough that your routine was changed during your recent incident, and you shut 'er down and promptly moved to the side stand. In my experience it takes just a few seconds to avoid the smoke at the next startup, not a "minute or two", but others' experience may differ. I don't even think about it any more - as soon as I pull up to the destination I shut the engine off, turn off the ignition, then lean it onto the side stand. Maybe 5 seconds...? If it's smoking after this routine I don't notice it, and no one has ever said anything to me about it.
 

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Most times if I put it right on the sidestand at shutoff I'll get a bit of smoke at startup, every now and then, I'll get none. There have been times I've gotten A LOT. One morning starting up to leave the Iron Horse, I thought I was fogging for mosquitoes! :histerica People came out and even the owner said "They'll do that every now and then."
 

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thanks Chris.

well, i've been waiting for 30k to do the oils changes with Chris' help. i'm close enough i suppose.

for everyone's information and my total em bare assment, i checked the oil level and did not see anything (and yes----i DID get her up on the center stand with a lot of trepidation.) :eek:

i've purchased a quart of mobil 1 15/40 to fill the gap so to speak until i get it all changed.

Chris. will send you an email back channel.
 
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