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I recently returned from my first long trip (6,500 miles) with my 2021 RT, and noticed some strange spots that kinda looks like oxidation on the right header pipe, but not the left. It's also on the cross pipe that connects the right and left pipes, and on the catalytic converter. At some point during the trip, I thought I smelled oil burning, but my oil level never dropped and I couldn't find any evidence of leaking oil, so I convinced myself that the smell must have come from another vehicle. I also pulled the spark plug and it looked pretty normal to me. I bought the bike new, and it now has 7,200 miles.

The spots have a slightly rough feel and can't be rubbed off. Do they look normal, and if so, why are they only on the right pipe?
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Those spots look like baked on dirt to me. Can be quite hard but it should come off. Try soak them with CRC or similar solvent and use hard bristle brush (not wire brush) then a chrome polishing compound.
The spark plug looks ok to me, given it is such a grainy photo. If all your fluid levels are ok, your bike is definitely not the source of the oil smell.
 

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Thanks. The solvent is a good idea to try, and if that doesn't work, I may try some oven cleaner. I was concerned that the spots might be damage from the pipe getting too hot which somehow led to rust, but baked on dirt makes more sense. Still not sure how it ended up on only one of the pipes, though.
 

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Something probably stuck to it and burned off.

I pulled into the garage once and the bike was smoking - only had a few miles on it... a big leaf made it's way to the pipe and was smoldering... lol... taken out by a leaf, go figure...
 

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Yeah, I've had lots of stuff baked on to pipes over the years. I just don't remember seeing multiple random large spots on only one of the pipes. Hope you got the big leaf off.
 

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I recently returned from my first long trip (6,500 miles) with my 2021 RT, and noticed some strange spots that kinda looks like oxidation on the right header pipe, but not the left. It's also on the cross pipe that connects the right and left pipes, and on the catalytic converter. At some point during the trip, I thought I smelled oil burning, but my oil level never dropped and I couldn't find any evidence of leaking oil, so I convinced myself that the smell must have come from another vehicle. I also pulled the spark plug and it looked pretty normal to me. I bought the bike new, and it now has 7,200 miles.

The spots have a slightly rough feel and can't be rubbed off. Do they look normal, and if so, why are they only on the right pipe?
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Yeah...don't worry, the other pipe will be that color soon enough....might be fried bugs? Spark plug looks normal.

Ride on.
 
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