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Old 03-11-2013, 06:04 PM   #2
bdarling
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Location: San Diego, CA
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Not to jump on the "they all do that" bandwagon, but my '95 R and my '95 GS both do (did) this. My R would smoke in the mornings and there was usually some soot around the exhaust between washings (about 3 months apart). The R had 65,000 miles when I sold it. My GS smokes a bit more than the R did and I can even smell it in my jacket after longer rides. I rarely wash the GS and there is quite a bit of soot on my panniers and exhaust. The GS has 95,000 miles. Bottom line, this might not be normal, but both bikes never exhibited any troubling symptoms related to blow-by. I wouldn't hesitate to buy that R if you like it.
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