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Old 04-24-2013, 05:07 PM   #1
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smell of hot oil?

My buddy has a 2012 F650GS (only about 3,500 klms) and when he stops the engine after riding there is the smell of hot/burning oil coming off the bike. No visual signs. It happens consistently. Is this normal in any way. Dealer suggested burned oil is vented thru the air box so this smell is not unusual. Any ideas?
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:24 PM   #2
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Whenever I smell that, there is usually signs of chain lube cooking on the exhaust.
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:26 PM   #3
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Whenever I smell that, there is usually signs of chain lube cooking on the exhaust.
Thanks NCD I'll pass that on.
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:16 PM   #4
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+1 on the chain lube. Look under the sprocket cover for drips. Heat from the exhaust rises up and warms the built up lube under the cover. It then drips on the exhaust. Right hand side near the peg...
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Whenever I smell that, there is usually signs of my chips being ready
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I spilled some oil on my bashplate last time when refilling my engine and that is what caused my smell.
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:35 PM   #6
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+1 on the chain lube. Look under the sprocket cover for drips. Heat from the exhaust rises up and warms the built up lube under the cover. It then drips on the exhaust. Right hand side near the peg...
No oil drips visible on the exhaust pipes but do you think it could still be heat from the pipes heating the chain lube thrown off onto the sprocket cover enough for it to release throw off the burning oil smell. Hasn't taken the sprocket cover off to clean out yet, but this sounds like a definite possible cause to us. Thanks for the direction.
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:29 PM   #7
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+2 on the chain lube. I consistently am flipping out going, "Where is that burning oil smell coming from?" But I have noticed that it is strongest after a fresh lube and becomes less and less noticeable until I lube the chain again. When I switched to KLR chain lube, the smell changed. I still need to take off the sproket guard and clean out the residual glop from the PJ1 Blue Label. The KLR flings off a lot less and keeps the bike looking clean. I don't know if it is actually lubing the chain or not, but it has other benefits.
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:32 PM   #8
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Of course if the chain was on the correct side of the bike... we woudn't have this issue.
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No oil drips visible on the exhaust pipes but do you think it could still be heat from the pipes heating the chain lube thrown off onto the sprocket cover enough for it to release throw off the burning oil smell. Hasn't taken the sprocket cover off to clean out yet, but this sounds like a definite possible cause to us. Thanks for the direction.
The chain lube burns away fairly quickly and leaves minimal evidence on the pipe. Look below the sprocket cover for the tell-tale "next drip" forming. Do it in the garage with the bike idling as the rising heat will be most significant.
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Old 04-26-2013, 05:44 PM   #10
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Same thing on f700gs. Probably chain lube. Dont worry.
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