Smells Like Burning Leaves


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Northwings
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Smells Like Burning Leaves

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I am partly disabled by a stroke, so I don’t usually ride my GL 1800 trike very hard. You’ll see you in a moment why this is important.

In mid September my wife and I went for a short ride and each time we stopped observed a funny smell, not sure if it was electrical or brake/clutch. At first we thought it might be a trash fire nearby, but we smelled it at every place we stopped for a ride of over an hour with about five stops. I went over the bike and found nothing rubbing, no brakes heated up, and no extra heat around the tail light assembly which I had just removed to replace a bulb. All the lights worked normally. The rr brake disc was not hot and the clutch seemed to be working normally. The smell seemed to be coming from the rr fender. So far the bike hasn’t caught fire.

Yesterday we moved the bike out of the barn so we could get at our granddaughter’s bicycle. I noticed what looked like burned acorns on the floor, but didn’t give much thought.

Today we went for a short ride. The smell was worse than ever and the exhaust sound rough, as friends had noticed over the last couple months. I thought of the acorns and realized the smell is just like burned leaves and acorns are made of the same stuff! I pulled off the road, climbed off and with the bike in neutral revved the engine to just below red line and held it a few seconds. About a dozen small, burned acorns shot out of the tailpipes like a double-barrel shotgun!

The rest of the ride I used as much rpm as I could to clear any remaining acorns, not easy with a vehicle that can do 65mph in second gear. The bike seems smoother, quieter and more powerful, but could it be my imagination? There is less of a smell now, but it is still there. Should I wait patiently for any remaining acorns to burn out or is there some mechanical or chemical way to clean them out? I really don’t want to replace the $pipes$.

For those who live in chipmunk/ squirrel infested areas with oak trees , how can I keep the critters from storing acorns every time the engine cools off? Grates or screens over the tailpipes? Removable metal caps? Ideas, please. Don’t say park the bike where the varmints can’t get near it because there ain’t no such place!



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Re: Smells Like Burning Leaves

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You could just push a rag into the tailpipes for a temporary measure till the critters realize they cannot store their winter food there. Then develop a more permanent solution. Screens would do the trick but not be too attractive.

If you stuff rags in there, don't forget to remove them if going for a ride. :lol:
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Re: Smells Like Burning Leaves

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Could put some mothballs in there, might keep the critters out. But if you forget them you'd smell really good going down the road until they evaporated... :lol:
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Re: Smells Like Burning Leaves

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Viking wrote:
Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:46 pm
You could just push a rag into the tailpipes for a temporary measure till the critters realize they cannot store their winter food there. Then develop a more permanent solution. Screens would do the trick but not be too attractive.

If you stuff rags in there, don't forget to remove them if going for a ride. :lol:
Or just don't push them in too tightly, they will get ejected when you start it up! :)

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Re: Smells Like Burning Leaves

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Push steel wool in the mufflers after you pull the mufflers off and make sure all the acorns are out of the mufflers and headers(run the motor w/o the mufflers and Crank It Up! to be sure nothing in the headers.



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