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I had the 32000 mile service completed about a month ago (shimed six valves, replaced all oils, air filters, fuel filters +)and have covered 170 miles since. I had noticed white smoke from the exhust but this has been doing that from when I bought the bike and would stop after a minute or two. That was just condensation in the exhaust. Now it smokes when I open the throttle. Due to ride 300 miles today so checked all fluids yesterday. When I checked the dipstick there was white cream fluid on the thread of the dip stick. I know that this is most probabley water/coolent in the engine mixing with the oil. I have contacted the garage that did the 32000 mile service and am waiting for them to call me back. The query is could this have happened after 170 miles of normal riding if all seals/gaskets were replaced properley after the service. I have a feeling that they were not but need to know if this could have happened any other way. It is a 98 F3. I was told of no issues when the bike was collected. Any help is gratefully received.
 

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For water to get into the oil, the culprit is almost always the head gasket. I am surprised that they didn't see any water in there when they changed the oil.

Don't ride the bike anymore. You can damage it to the point of a needing a new motor. I don't think they would have taken the head off of the motor for any reason, and this is just a coincidence that the gasket is leaking now. I would definately have the bike checked out. If the head gasket is bad, have the head and block checked for warpage. If either is out of tolerance, a new gasket will do no good.

Good luck mate.
 

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Thanks for the response. The garage phoned back and said that with this time of year and all the moisture in the air it is common to see this in the oil. Especially as I have only covered 170 mile in the last month. Apparentley this would not have heated the engine up enough. Was advised to take the bike on a long run and heat up fully and this should get rid of most of the moisture. Is this normal? I forgot to mention that I checked the fluid levels and these all seem normal.
 

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if you have done lots of short journeys, and not used it very often, this is quite normal, when its cold you can get alot of moisture in engine, and if the bike is not getting up to full temp/or your not using if often, you will not burn this off, take the bike out for a good run, i've always had this problem with my early fireblade when it comes round to winter, i normally notice it on the oil window, as soon as i take it out for a good run it all clears up, just keep an eye on your water level to be on safe side.
 

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I have not thought of that. I come from a climate where there is no humidity in the air (Utah), so this has never been a problem for me.

I hope it is all that is wrong with it.
 

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also now its getting colder, you will notice a bit more white smoke coming from exhaust, its just like when you breath out from your mouth on a cold day, hot and cold air mixing.
 

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Guys. Thanks for your help on this. Took bike out for a decent ride. The oil looks better than before. I use my bike nearley every day but only work up the road so does not get a decent run. I ride in all weathers unless there is ice on the road then take the car. Love riding and would be lost without my bike. I would love to live somewhere hot but the downside of that is I would never make it to work just be out riding all the time :thumb:
 

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I would love to live somewhere hot but the downside of that is I would never make it to work just be out riding all the time :thumb:
You do learn to adjust and have self control:rotfl: :rotfl: .
Oh, G'day & :welcome: .
 

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Dont worry about a bit of smoke, i started my r6 last night for the first time in 6 weeks at 18 degrees F and she smoked til she got warmed up.
 

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for a high mileage or km bike thats not abnormal, but white smoke usually means burning oil. id get the rings checked, especially if you dont know the oil change history of the bike, as the engine could have been run with low oil levels, marring the cylinder. that could let enough oil up to make the smoke when you rev it. if its warm and u get smoke when you rev it thats oil, not condensation. :)
 
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