1983 GL 1100


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billball
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1983 GL 1100

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Hi everybody,
I purchased this bike in April of this year and have ridden it almost everyday since.
Yesterday May 13th 2020 I started the bike and a big cloud of smoke came out both exhaust pipes. It cleared after about 3 min and rad great with no smoke
Tonight was the same, sat all day at work and went to start it after work, the same thing happened.
I am guessing valve seals if they have them but why just all of a sudden
Any help would be great, also how to do them if they have seals.



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Can you verify if it's oil smoke or coolant smoke? You can tell by the smell.

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BillyBarcode wrote:
Fri May 15, 2020 9:46 am
Can you verify if it's oil smoke or coolant smoke? You can tell by the smell.
And by the color. Oily smoke is bluish while coolant smoke is white.

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The smoke is diffidently oil antifreeze smells sweet and it smells burnt oil

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OK. If it's oil, it could be rings, valve seats, or it could be any number of internal (expensive) things if both sides are smoking.

Sorry to hear. My '83 GL1100 is pumping between 165 and 172 psi in each cylinder, and since I changed the type of oil I use, I have never had an oil smoke situation. I exclusively use Shell Rotella T6 synthetic (5W - 40) oil in mine. It used to smoke on the left side after standing overnight on the side stand when I got it, which is oil seeping past the rings and not serious. The previous owner only used Castrol Motorcycle oil. After I bought it, I switched to deisel grade synthetic oil, the problem went away, so I suspect the previous owner was using cheap standard oil and maybe going too far between oil changes. After I bought the bike, I took it to a GoldWing specialist mechanic, and he found everything to be fine. Compression is good, valves are all good, fresh tune-up, new belts, new tires, new brakes and fluids and a clean bill of health. I've been very happy with my 83. She still goes like stink, and is the smoothest bike I have ever owned.

Wish I could be more help. Can anyone help Bill?

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What do you think about running a seafoam conditioner in the oil for a few minutes and then changing the oil, filter to Amsoil metric 10w/40 full synthetic as I am an amsoil dealer an thats what Amsoil recommends.

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Can't comment on that. Being from Canada, Seafoam is pretty rare here (at least where I live) so I have never used it. I know nothing about Seafoam, but I thought it was for gas treatment. Someone else will have to weigh in. I do heartily recommend synthetic oil. I have heard good things about Amsoil, but have never used it. Same reason as Seafoam. I live in rural central Alberta. Not a lot of choice here. I don't get to the major cities often.

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I am a fan of draining some oil from the engine and replacing that with a can of Seafoam (equal amount to the oil drained). Then take the bike for a gentle ride for 50 or 60 miles (do not thrash the engine). Drain the engine and install new oil and filter. You may find at very least the starter clutch will show an improvement and what the heck it can't hurt anything right? I know of several folks on another forum who do this a as first step to trying to clean out deposits in the crankcase and higher up in the starter clutch. I do not use synthetic but others swear by it. I use Rotella T4 15-40 but some use T6 synthetic. I change oil often and buy my oil in 18 liter pails when on sale cause I have 3 bikes to look after and I can get approx 5 oil changes from a pail. My opinion only, others may have different ideas. Not trying to start an oil recommendation battle! Use what you feel is best for your conditions.

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up date!!! and Thanks for the info.
I put the bike on the center stand and left over night and on start up there is no smoke from the exhaust, I tried 2 days
in a row and then went back to the side stand and the smoke started again I just purchased the bike and I don't know what
oil the previous owner used.
I am going to use Amsoil 10w/40 metric motorcycle oil
Crazy why it smokes only after sitting on the side stand

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billball wrote:
Sat May 16, 2020 5:44 pm
up date!!! and Thanks for the info.
I put the bike on the center stand and left over night and on start up there is no smoke from the exhaust, I tried 2 days
in a row and then went back to the side stand and the smoke started again I just purchased the bike and I don't know what
oil the previous owner used.
I am going to use Amsoil 10w/40 metric motorcycle oil
Crazy why it smokes only after sitting on the side stand
Not so crazy when you consider that the oil is pooling to the left side and eventually through the valve seals. I always park my 1000 and 1100 on the center stand unless stopping a short time for a burger, fuel or whatever. Never get that embarrassing blue haze at start up unless parked on the side stand for an extended period. I repeat NEVER. Doesn't matter what type of oil is being used. Just started my 1100 after being stored for the winter on the center stand, NO BLUE HAZE!

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BillyBarcode wrote:
Sat May 16, 2020 11:31 am
Can't comment on that. Being from Canada, Seafoam is pretty rare here (at least where I live) so I have never used it. I know nothing about Seafoam, but I thought it was for gas treatment. Someone else will have to weigh in. I do heartily recommend synthetic oil. I have heard good things about Amsoil, but have never used it. Same reason as Seafoam. I live in rural central Alberta. Not a lot of choice here. I don't get to the major cities often.
There's Seafoam everywhere up here. Napa, Benson's, Auto Value, Canadian Tire, Princess auto etc. Can find it pretty much anywhere. The Seafoam brand makes a penetrant spray as well called Deep Creep which works extremely well.



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