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Old October 31st, 2015   #1
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Default Burning oil smell at start up

Since I've gotten the bike from the shop, each time I start it from cold I notice the distinct smell of hot oil, and once I'm pretty sure I saw smoke, as if oil had dripped on the headers. Without removing fairings (a chore I'm not especially fond of) I can't see any oil leaks. There's no oil on the garage floor. Seems like if there was residual oil from the repair it certainly would've burned off by now. I'm not overly concerned, but I don't think it's normal. Your thoughts?
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Old October 31st, 2015   #2
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Default Re: Burning oil smell at start up

You may have a seep around the valve cover, or they spilled a lot of oil and it hasn't burned off yet. My wife's BMW did that and never found a leak . Replaced the gasket and it was ok . Very small leak that dripped right on the header burned with no run off any where.
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If the valves were checked it is very easy to put the valve cover back on with the heat mat caught under the cover.

Usually it's on the back side, inboard, of the cover.
Get enough caught it makes a mess.
Simply tightening the cover will not fix it.

Unfortunately about the only way to check this is with the fairing off.


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The valve clearance was supposed to be checked. I'll have to remove all the fairings to get unrestricted acces to the engine, right?
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Before you remove plastic look at the front of the cover.
There are two half moons. The outer one, on each cover, is easy to see the inner can be seen by shining a flashlight through the plastic grill.
Look for signs there.

You do need to remove the fairing to see the rear edge of the valve cover.
Look at the back side of the valve cover where it sits on the head.
You can feel along the gasket and if the rubber mat does not move take a close look.


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How many miles since it was done?
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Default Re: Burning oil smell at start up

Below is a picture of the Rubber Mat that Paul mentioned that can manage to get between the head and valve cover when reassembling:



Also mentioned was the half moon in the valve cover gasket. That half moon needs a little non hardening sealant on it before buttoning up the valve cover. I always use Honda Bond for these types of applications.
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How many miles since it was done?
I've probably put 600-700 miles or so on the bike since I had the work done.

Thanks for all the help guys, I REALLY appreciate it. And a big thanks to Mick for the picture. I'll give it a close inspection very soon, possibly today.

Thanks again!
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Default Re: Burning oil smell at start up

Hey guys, I finally got around to addressing the oil leak and pulled the head cover today. In a couple of places the gasket wasn't seated in the groove but I may have dislodged it when I removed the cover. The manual calls for sealant in the half moon cutouts but I don't think any was applied. Should I go ahead and run a light bead around the gasket? Should I do both sides?
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VERY light bead. I do both sides.
High Temp.
HT Hondabond is you've got.

Shop manual shows where they like it around the cam end half moons.


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