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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Dec 17th, 2013, 11:52 am Thread Starter
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K1200gt smoke

I purchased a 2004 gt about a month ago--was a trade-in from BMW dealer. Sat on center stand for about a month. Started it the other day and got billowing smoke for about 4 min, then started to dissipate. Smoke was white--almost like steam with no oil smell. Rode bike 40 miles with no smoke, then bike sat 2 hrs on centerstand. When starting, smoked again, but not as bad as before--dissipated after several minutes. This bike has only 9000 mi in 10 years. This is my first water-cooled bike--I'm assuming this isn't normal. Possibly seals /gaskets for coolant system dried out? How major could this be?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Dec 17th, 2013, 10:01 pm
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gonna take guess it is condensation as the catalyic converter comes up to temperature. These bikes have a rep for smoking if parked on sidestand, not a real problem

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Dec 18th, 2013, 4:18 pm
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I have the same bike.
These bikes do tend to smoke for a minute or so upon starting when on the sidestand. That is normal. However, you seem to have made a point of saying it was on the center stand.
Mine will smoke a little bit when on the center stand when not ridden for a while. (I have 3 bikes and switch around which one to ride).
Smoking for 4 minutes or so and smoking after riding a bit seems a bit extreme. Could be an issue, maybe it just needs to blow itself out a bit from having sat.
I would monitor and go from there.
If it stays the same, I'd think about getting it checked out.
If it gets worse, definitely get it checked out
If it gets somewhat better, I'd probably just ride
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Dec 18th, 2013, 5:23 pm Thread Starter
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Smoke Update

I talked to BMW dealer and they basically said what you all said. Starting with catalytic converter--tends to smoke until condensation dissipates. Bike sat for almost a month in cool wet climate (Puget Sound). Dealer said not to be concerned unless there is an anti-freeze smell.
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