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I have this '86 that I finished up getting back to running shape that had been setting for over 4 yrs. Now that I have it running, I noticed that when I state the bike sometimes after it has been sitting for a day or so I get a small amount of white smoke when it is started. The bike has only 39,000 miles on the clock right now. I am only getting about 39 mpg. Yes I did the carbs and have set them twice. Is this white smoke from water and how bad of a problem do I have? The bike runs real good and starts up with no problems.
 

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I have the same problem with my 86 Interstate, just after it has been sitting all night. I was thinking valve guides maybe, but I am far from knowledgeable on motorcycles. I am curious also.
 

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a little bit of smoke after sitting is fairly normal for the 1200's
my 86 aspy would puff a little smoke everytime I started it after it cooled down if I left it parked on the side stand. it's just a little oil seaping by the seals
if it's coolant you will be able to smell it, antifreeze has a very distinct oder when burned
 

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Is it smoke or steam? Steam dissipates quickly while smoke will hang around awhile.
Park the bike on the centerstand and make sure the oil level isn't too high.
 
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