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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Jun 29th, 2010, 4:35 pm Thread Starter
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Hey everybody, I'm new here and I just bought my first K bike last weekend. Actually I guess I should say noob x3. This is also my first bimmer bike. Yes, I'm happy. I've been looking at the RS's for about five years now and I'm glad to finally park one in the garage. I'm still getting used to it as it is definitely a different beast than the Japanese bikes I'm used to. It is an 04 with 23,000 on the clock. Has a few GT additions, windscreen, eyebrows and hard bags. It has fairing mounted mirrors and overall a pretty nice bike. She was a little dirty when I got her, but I stripped her down and gave her a very thorough cleaning. Now she's clean and pretty.
I will now make my attempt to load some pics.

Ok, I'm going to have to read up on how to upload pics.

I do have one concern that I discovered in this last week. If the bike sits for more than 5~6 hours, when I start it I get a considerable amount of smoke. While I had all of the skin off cleaning, I was paying attention to everything. I see that the engine lays flat. I can't think that I should be getting that much oil into the combustion chamber, but is this normal? I bought the bike from a local dealership as a consignment. It did not do it when it was started at the dealership. After the initial 15~20 seconds of smoke, it clears up and I see nothing. The bike runs strong so it seems strange that rings could be that bad. Any thoughts?

Anyway, I will resolve this issue and I'm sure I will put many more miles on the clock.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Jun 29th, 2010, 4:52 pm
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I do have one concern that I discovered in this last week. If the bike sits for more than 5~6 hours, when I start it I get a considerable amount of smoke, but is this normal? I bought the bike from a local dealership as a consignment. It did not do it when it was started at the dealership. After the initial 15~20 seconds of smoke, it clears up and I see nothing. The bike runs strong so it seems strange that rings could be that bad. Any thoughts?
The only cure for K-bike start-up smoke is to park the bike on the centerstand.

Hang around this and other BMW sites and you will learn the expression: "They all do that".
And this applies to the start-up smoke also.

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Its normal on some Ks...if you use the side stand just let it sit straight up after shutting down for a few seconds to let the oil drain away from the cylinders...that should solve it...nothing to worry about..Keep your oil level between the dot and bottom of sight glass...to get a good read while oil is hot put your bike on the center stand and let sit for 10 min and check
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old Jun 29th, 2010, 6:09 pm Thread Starter
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Noob lesson #1.
I did a search on smoke right after I posted and found what I was thinking. Side stand means head down. That's what I was thinking when I pulled the skin and saw the motor orientation. So, center stand it is. Thanks for confirming what I was thinking. You'll have to break me in easy. I am a K-noob.

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old Jun 30th, 2010, 6:51 am
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Yup, this is a great forum, full of experienced riders that can help you out. Biggest complaints on that particular bike is the clutch slave failing and the final drive. Keep an eye on them and you should be fine. It is a little heavy in the parking lot so be careful wheeling her around at slower speeds.

BTW - She will go very fast and make you think its all okay.... the local LEO will tell you otherwise.

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BTW - She will go very fast and make you think its all okay.... the local LEO will tell you otherwise.

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BTW - She will go very fast and make you think its all okay.... the local LEO will tell you otherwise.
Yeah.....I just met one of the three local Leos last Sunday, I just had time to notice his shoulder moving toward the radar switch......Too late! Too fast!
And I was only 10-15 Kms over the limit, decellerating after passing......!

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old Jun 30th, 2010, 1:27 pm
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Of the numerous times I have been pulled over on the bike I only received an award on the first one. Keep it within reason and they are USUALLY fairly decent about it... unless you are driving in an unusual/unsafe manner.

But it is a decent way to get to know the local police department.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old Jun 30th, 2010, 2:42 pm Thread Starter
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I ride motocross with a couple of the leo's here. Hopefully that and some judicious usage of the cruise will keep me from meeting the man with the black cloak.

I appreciate the heads up on the clutch and driveline. I will keep an eye on that. It is different hearing a dry clutch underneath me. I will have to learn what are the healthy sounds and unhealthy sounds. Thanks again. I will be tapping the knowledge here regularly I'm sure.

Well, time to go get a ride in before I have to go to work.

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