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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Sep 20th, 2009, 7:32 am Thread Starter
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2004 K1200GT oil burning?

I have purchased a 2004 k1200gt recently with 11,000 miles and after riding it the first 1000 miles, I noticed blue smoke coming out of the exhaust pipe, at start up. It happened a couple more times since then, so I took it to the dealer for the 12K check up and service. I was told that everything was in great shape.
I still get the smoke now and then, but now I also noticed oil comsumption, about a half a quart every 1000 miles. It also seems to me that motor is not that smooth when accelerating anymore,
Is this normal?
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The blue smoke at start up is normal in a lot of cases but should go away when warmed up but the consumption is not..! qt at 1000 miles is wrong..do a compression and leak down test to see where your problem may lie...NOTE!!!...make sure when you are checking your oil level that you have it on the center stand and that you let the bike set for a good 10 min.It takes some time for the oil to settle in the widow not like a dip stick oil should be in the window half way up or any where in the sight glass but not over
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Thank you for the advice. I will check the compression and see if that results in a advice. As far as this oil check, I am following a repair manual I boulght and yes it shows how to check the oil level on the center stand.


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Think about changing oil brands. I first used Maxima Maxum4, a fine oil, but I was burning almost 3/4 qt. every 3,000mi. I switched to Castrol Syntec Blend and the oil consumption dropped to just a few oz. between changes!

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Do you leave your bike on the side stand? If so, that is the problem. On your model K-GT, the heads are on the left side of the bike. When you leave the bike on the side stand, the heads are lower than the crank and oil MAY seep past the rings. It does not happen all the time, but it does happen. Changing oil will not make it go away. Leaving your bike on the center stand is the solution. One more thing, don't overfill the engine oil.

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I just got to your recommendation tonight and I believe I arrived your solution by mistatke. I started placing my motorcyle on on the center stand and that seemed to do it. Now I understand the reason. I did not find any other problemds, such as compression drop, etc. Thanks again

Regarding the oil, I am using the BMW brand SAE 20W50, convenstional oil. I thought of switching the synthetic, but I have not done that yet.

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Permissible oil consumption l L./1,000 km

The above is from BMW's Repair Manual........Yikes! That would be about 1 US quart for 650 Miles......Yikes again! Would not be permissible for me......

You also have to remember that the Motronic will considerably enrich the mixture for a cold engine, creating more smoke. A new O2 sensor, throttle cable adjustment and TPS positioning may help.......but in BMW's words......they all do that! I never have to add oil to my bike.....well got fooled once not waiting long enough for the oil to settle and went over the mark. But at your low milleage it is still getting broken in.......so enjoy it, keep an eye on the oil level and do not worry too much about it.

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