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Finally took my bike out of storage, had to change the battery and got it started. Once it was started, there was smoke coming from the vents in the ferring and then up through the handle bars. Let it run for a few minutes, shut it off and made sure it was on the main stand. Started it up a few times since and no smoke. I was heading out for the first ride of the season, letting the bike warm up and started smoking again. I will assume a seal but not 100% sure.

Any ideas and if so, how to repair?

Thanks in advance

Jedake
 

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Normal,

don't get too worried about it.


it has sat a long time, and oil seeped into places it normally won't be.
sounds like you left it on the side stand?


if out of the fairing, it is water droplets from hoses that shrunk when they got cold.
as soon as the engine warms up, they will be just fine.....


but, you might want to open up the plastic and cinch down on the hose clamps...
I read very recently that removing a clamp, and taking the thread spacer out, and grinding off about 3/16th inch from its' length is helpful....


that spacer prevents you from over tightening the clamps and ruining the hose.
but, after 30 years, the hoses are getting a bit old.
 

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Thank you, It was stored on the main stand.
It smells like something is burning (almost like rubber, I may be mistaken).
It starts with smoke coming out of the fairing and then a lot more up through the handle.
You are saying if I let it run it will dissipate?
 

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Normal,kinda embarrassing at times but this flat motor has done that since 1975
Never had it come out of the fairing though.
 

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Mine leaks a little coolant if sitting for a long while, after warmed up once no more leak. Might be coolant you smell....
 

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If you smell something burning and see smoke, well that sounds more serious to me.

Where are you located? You should have that in your profile so someone close by might be able to drop in and check it out for you.

It might be that mice have built a nest against the exhaust header. Depending on their building materials there may be a potential for a real fire. Or, yes, it could be oil from the shift shaft seal dripping onto the exhaust.
 

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Restarted it, let it run for a bit...no smoke...took it for a little jaunt....no smoke. Still not sure about it then.

Located in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada. Anyone near??
 

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I am lost I think? Wasn't the last GL1500 in 2000? I thought 2001 was the 1st year for the GL1800?
True, I was thinking it was just a typo since his avatar shows a 2000. I fixed it.
 

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Restarted it, let it run for a bit...no smoke...took it for a little jaunt....no smoke. Still not sure about it then.

Located in Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada. Anyone near??

there are several Goldwing owners in, and around Smith Falls.
Bob Joynt for one, he is on Facebook, don't know his username here.
https://www.facebook.com/skidschool.joynt?__tn__=,dlC-R-R&eid=ARAjg95hQzqGfE_Dv5pKhT9ijn0X2AElnQtlSTbCYOi_bmczksPUy22XEiFDn-3VaPseoXaIumadkqyo&hc_ref=ARS1wQG_uVDF_MMyYghj5J5vkInS0lXbjMGX9Hs5GB-rxbyFQHhxlrplP4S4ELSWxBg
 

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What does it smell like? Mice and packrats love to store corn, etc. on top of engines. If it smells like burnt popcorn, there ya go. I use dowels in my GL1200 exhaust pipes to keep mice out. Didn't do that one year and, sho nuff, had quite a few hours of smoke and smell 'til it cleared out. (rev up the engine and watch the corn shoot out!!) But check the top of the engine or use compressed air to blow out any potential nest or food cache. I had some there, too.
 
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