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Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Okehampton, southwest England
Possible head gasket problem??
Hi, bit of advice needed here. When I start up from cold I get the usual water vapor out of the exhausts - more than usual with the cold weather we have here at the moment. However, the right hand pipe always takes much longer to stop throwing out the vapor than the left one. I have also noticed that the bike runs on 1 cylinder for 3 or 4 seconds on start-up from cold. Hot starting is fine. I have checked the coolant level & it seems fine as far as I can tell. Also, there appears to be no water getting into the oil. Am I being paranoid here in thinking there may be the tiniest weep of coolant into the front cylinder? This, to me, could possibly explain the starting on one cylinder & the extra vapor from the right hand pipe. Other than that, the bike runs a treat & doesn't seem at all down on power despite having 72,000 miles on the clock. Anyone else experienced this problem or have any advice?
1991 BMW K1100LT
1980 Suzuki GS1000G