Blue smoke emission from GL1100


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Blue smoke emission from GL1100

Postby bsag14 » Tue May 07, 2013 4:28 pm



On restarting my GL1100 after the winter storage (about 6 months), it produced a continous cloud of blue smoke, which did not clear after running for about 10 minutes. The oil level seems OK, and apart from the smoke it does not seem to rev properly, but otherwise runs OK.
Any ideas on what could be the problem?

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Re: Blue smoke emission from GL1100

Postby Calzone » Tue May 07, 2013 4:36 pm

Fuel additives like sea foam will cause smoking depending on how much you use, Many times all you need is to clear a tank and fill it up again. Maybe a long ride is in order.

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Re: Blue smoke emission from GL1100

Postby bsag14 » Tue May 07, 2013 5:01 pm

No additives in the fuel have been used, and the tank was drained for the layover period.

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Re: Blue smoke emission from GL1100

Postby WingAdmin » Tue May 07, 2013 9:06 pm

Seafoam makes white smoke. Blue smoke is definitely oil - likely old, hardened valve guide seals.

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Re: Blue smoke emission from GL1100

Postby bsag14 » Thu May 09, 2013 4:03 am

Surely hardened valve seals would not happen over the winter? It did not smoke last year.

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Re: Blue smoke emission from GL1100

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Thu May 09, 2013 4:32 am

Your gas tank should be kept full during the layover period. as this prevents rust from forming on the inside of the tank. Regards, Johnyy

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Re: Blue smoke emission from GL1100

Postby littlebeaver » Thu May 09, 2013 7:28 am

Johnyy Smoke wrote:Your gas tank should be kept full during the layover period. as this prevents rust from forming on the inside of the tank. Regards, Johnyy

See now that's a good tip..I never thought of filling the tank during a lay over..I would pull the spark plugs and check to see if they are oily...

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Re: Blue smoke emission from GL1100

Postby SteveB123 » Thu May 09, 2013 8:16 am

Uncoated steel tanks full, plastic tanks empty.


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