smokes on startup

Las Vegas, NV

#1 Mar 2, 2011
hi, i have just put engine back together and have about 1500 miles on it. the problem is it smokes blue when i start it up but not everytime. its not just a little smoke but a lot and it lasts for about ten minutes. then all is fine. most of the smoke is coming from the right exaust. the oil level hasent gone down any and runs fine exccept the initial smoke screen. i had the heads gone over and new stem seals installed by the local machine shop. i honed and put new rings in also. any help would be appreciated.

Ferndale, MI

#2 Aug 8, 2011
I have a 86 1200 with only 18000 miles on it and it has never had the engine opened or messed with and it has the same embarassing smoking habit as your engine does. The oil stays at the same spot on the dipstick. They tell me not to worry about it. Easy for them to say.

Henderson, NV

#3 Aug 8, 2011
hi david, i read your response and i pitty you to. i know its from oil seeping into the cylinder seeping around the rings or thru the valve stems while it is at rest. mine does not smoke every time for some reason or other. dont know if i broke a ring on re assembaly or what but it runs great. o well good luck with yours.

Alameda, CA

#4 Dec 12, 2011
I find my bike does that occasionally when I use the side kickstand, especially if it has sat for a time, try using the center stand and see if it helps or changes, Barry.

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