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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-15-2019, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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Do I have a problem?

I was just getting ready to head out on a ride, and noticed evidence of an oil leak on the center stand. Further investigation lead me to believe it's coming from the final out of the engine. You can see where I've wiped with my finger in a couple of pics. It looks like it's been leaking very slowly over a long time and extends to the nut on the side stand. It's quite dry.

I bought this 2017 in March with 5100 miles on it. I've only put another 1100 on it since then. It seems a little premature to develop leaks. I admit that I just noticed it today, but it looks like it's been working on this mess for a while.

Is this atypical, given the miles on the bike? Is this something to address before heading out to Colorado in a couple of weeks?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-15-2019, 11:29 AM
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Mine has 50K on it and looks cleaner than that. Something seems amiss for that low mileage.

If you can't find an obvious leak, you may have to thoroughly clean everything under there and start monitoring.

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Do I have a problem?

Armstrong,

Once you get the oily areas very clean, spray those places (and any suspected sources of the leak) with an aerosol body-powder spray. The powder will show the oil leak soonest, before the oil can go everywhere. If your oil level is not dropping, the leak may be more of a nuisance than a problem.

Look into the plastic cowlings below the oil filter, also. Oil lost during any past oil filter changes can puddle in there, and come out later, under acceleration. Clean out any old oil found in there. I use some heavy aluminum foil, bent to shape, to channel any wayward oil out beyond the bottom cowling, during an oil filter change. HTH.

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It's not at all unusual for seals to weep when not being used for long periods. In our spare parts rooms at work the attendants are required to rotate all motor and gearbox shafts once per month for just this reason.

Also: I have no idea if your Gen3 is like my Gen2 but my radiator overflow tank overflow tube ends down there, behind the plastic under the oil filter. Sometimes it's hard to tell what the ooze is after it's collected grit.

The above-suggested body power spray is the perfect answer but I'd bet if you'd ride it more regularly this would be a non-issue.
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Agree with all the above... have to trace back to the source. Eyeball the middle gear housing while you're at it, they can have a slight weep.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-16-2019, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Because I have the Colorado trip two weeks away, and because I'm not all that familiar with this bike yet, I had it looked at. The shop's answer aligned with the general consensus here: slow weeper - nothing to worry about. I hope that it does seal up with more riding time. I'll keep an eye on it and make sure it doesn't get worse.

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