New leak issue?

Old 04-26-2017, 11:35 AM
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Default New leak issue?

Just went to start the bike after a couple weeks, and now it's leaking.

Had to rush off to work, so couldn't investigate further. But I wanted to ask here to get some initial ideas...

Changed my oil a few weeks ago, but it was before a nice long ride where I had no problems.
Then it sat outside, but covered, for about 2 weeks. We've had some nasty weather, possible hail, and definitely some bad tstorms.
I don't think the liquid was oil, it seemed almost like water. Kind of had a sweet smell, but I couldn't tell if it was colored at all. (Though, I couldn't really tell. I could've been imagining the smell. I was rushing and didn't have time to pinpoint it) And the exhaust was very white and smoky. Kind of like when you first start it cold, but it didn't go away.
It appeared to be dripping from above a spot about in line with the center of the break pedal. About in the center of the bike.
Here's a couple rushed, bad pics.
I'll be able to look at it more when I get home from work.
​​​​​​​Thanks for any insight!
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Old 04-26-2017, 11:57 AM
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I would pull the fairings to see if you can tell exactly where the point of origin is. That will take you a long way in your troubleshooting.
Also, your chain looks like it needs some loving.
Old 04-26-2017, 12:07 PM
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You said there had been some storms etc and the bike was covered. I don't know how well that cover was on but is it possible it either stored some water through a hole or a gap and once you disturbed the bike you spotted your leak ?
The white "smoke" could also be from water condensation and storm ingress, the exhausts,trapped under your cover could be well damp internally.
Just a thought ? Best of luck mate
Old 04-26-2017, 08:37 PM
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Looks like it was just water

I ran it for a few minutes with a bottle underneath to catch the liquid so I could get a better look at it.

I noticed it was only dripping when the bike was running, and coming from a few different spots. My guess is water had gotten into the tail pipe and collected at the bottom of the exhaust.

After running it for a few minutes, all the symptoms went away on their own. And the liquid was very clearly just water. Oil, coolant, etc all look very different than water, especially when actually in a container and not just on the ground

And yea, new chain is next on my list! Haha

Thanks for the help!
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