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post #1 of 63 (permalink) Old 01-28-2017, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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82 1100 Smoking Woes

I am experiencing some smoking / steam issues from the left side of the bike. This has been present since the end of November but I am just now looking at things. I tore a tendon in a finger and have not been able to work on it since early December. Plus, I call this the Gold Witch for good reason as it has been one thing after another for a year and a half and I was plotting a fraud insurance claim. (Joke)

Last fall I was experiencing some over-heating problems that turned out to be a fan sensor. The bike went almost to the red line twice. I fixed that problem but have developed the smoke / steam. I am pretty sure it is steam and that brought me to the conclusion that the head gasket has failed. I have a new one to install.

I ran a compression test on all four cylinders and they are all at 120. The motor has about 25k on it. I drained the oil and coolant and there is no coolant in the oil, or vise versa. I wanted to just check some opinions on this before I tore it all down. I've done it before and it is involved.

I couldn't fix my brakes so I made the horn louder
Motor started to knock. Turned up the radio.


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Do you park it on the center stand?? If not, try that for a week or so. Those older wings were a bitch to get on the center stand. The 1500s and 1800s are much easier.

120 is low for compression but they are all even. You really do not have any evidence of a blown gasket. Pull the plugs. Does one look like its been steam cleaned. If so, then you might have a bad gasket.
25,000 miles is pretty low for a head gasket to go.

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I find those compression readings suspicious. Do it again with the motor warm and the throttle wide open. And be specific with the numbers.

Oh, and a bad head gasket normally won't show in a compression check.

Oil smoke is blue, fuel is black and steam is white. Does it smoke all the time or only on start up? You might simply have some condensation trapped in the left exhaust due to a plugged drain hole. That might appear to be a gasket failure.

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I thought that the compression test was low as well. I had just ran the bike for several minutes and it has been on the center stand for a couple of months now. with the throttle wide open. The plugs were all sooty but that I chalked up to running with the choke on. Smelled like gas in here. The smoke is white, same as it was back in early December. On the left side only. I am going to run it outside for a while and see if it goes away. That way I won't asphyxiate myself and report back.

I couldn't fix my brakes so I made the horn louder
Motor started to knock. Turned up the radio.


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Dennis, as for the drain hole, is that one of the ports along the head and the block? Or are you talking about the small hole at the top of the head and block with the little nipple in it? The one that is easy to get backwards?

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Make sure the drain holes are clear.

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I'm sorry, but I'm not sure which drain holes you mean.

I couldn't fix my brakes so I made the horn louder
Motor started to knock. Turned up the radio.


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There are drain holes in the exhaust pipes. Usually at the lowest point in the system, but I think the eleven has only one per side in the muffler.

If the hole is plugged, obviously the condensation can pool and take a bit of time to dry out while the engine/system warms up. The resulting steam can be mistaken for a head gasket failure.

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I'm sorry, but I'm not sure which drain holes you mean.
The GL1200 mufflers have a small drain hole at the low point.
I don't know if the GL1100 mufflers do.

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The GL1200 mufflers have a small drain hole at the low point.
I don't know if the GL1100 mufflers do.

Every bike I've ever owned has had them.

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