Smell of burning oil solution?

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  1. themenz

    themenz Long timer

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    Late last year, got a used 2009 R1200RT with 8,000 miles. I recently had the 12K tune up and had a question the BMW mechanic could not answer.

    At the 12K tune up, I mentioned that when I stop, I can smell just a little burning oil. I checked the bike over and can see no visible smoke.

    The mechanic said he could smell the oil too but could not find the source without doing a lot more work.

    The bike does not leak oil, that is no drops on the garage floor, nor does the oil level seem to be dropping excessively. I estimate 1/3 quart in 4,000 miles.

    What could be wrong? Or do they all do that?
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  2. gsweave

    gsweave Yinz, blinkers are on, since 05

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    check around for tranny dripping on cat.
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  3. luckygrownup

    luckygrownup Been here awhile

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    Isn't this normal on a BMW Oil Head ? I occasionally smell oil on my R1200 GSA with 2500 miles. I just bought it new in Nov 2012. It is running 'organic oil' as opposed to 'synthetic oil'. Maybe your question should be are there any BMW boxers that don't burn oil ?
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  4. themenz

    themenz Long timer

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    That does not sound good.

    If I find that, what is the problem?

    And what is the solution? :hide

    I looked and did not see or feel any oil on the converter or coming from the motor or transmission.

    I did note some oil caked dirt around and behind the oil filter area and on the back of the lower part of the motor.

    I will clean that and see if any flow from above. Any drip from there could impact the cat.
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  6. themenz

    themenz Long timer

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    Thank you for the link to that. Great information as you got lots of responses.
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  7. HowlingMad

    HowlingMad drags knuckles

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    I had a small panic attack in Canada before heading up to Alaska for similar reasons. For me it smelled a little fishy, like hydraulic oil or clutch wear possibly. No visible signs anywhere, but the smell stayed with me for several thousand miles (despite showering). I suspect that some nastiness had lodged in between the air-cooled fins close to the block and just sat and cooked mile after mile. Several rainstorms and washing didn't cure it.

    Now, some 20k miles later still now issues and the smell is gone with no further drama. My humble suggestion: watch your fluid levels (clutch too) and if they aren't dropping then treat your RT to a little patchouli and ride faster than the smell.

    P.S. I use a sharpie on the oil sight glass when being neurotic about checking my oil.
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  8. themenz

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    Thanks, good tip on the sharpie. :thumb
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