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Old Dec 12th, 2013, 6:29 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Milky substance in oil level window.

I have thin milky substance in the oil level window. Is this something to be worried about. Bike is a 2013 with 4000 miles.

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Old Dec 12th, 2013, 6:36 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Moisture in oil - may be condensation. You might need to ride longer if your only doing short rides. Full operating temperature should dissipate the moisture unless there's a cooling system issue.

If you suspect such, watch your coolant level and oil quantity to see if coolant is moving to the oil.
Do a fresh oil change and start from scratch and / or do a pressure check of the cooling system to detect an internal leak.
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Old Dec 12th, 2013, 6:37 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Sounds like water to me.
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Old Dec 12th, 2013, 6:39 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Moisture in oil - may be condensation. You might need to ride longer if your only doing short rides.

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Oh go ride the damn thing for more than twenty miles, its all good.
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Old Dec 12th, 2013, 7:26 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Milky oil

So it may be just condensation. But if it were mine I would have the dealer eyeball that and document that event. That's not a cheap bike. I'm going with covering your ass just in case.
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Mine does this in the winter. It is just moisture building up. Long rides don't necessarily rid it for me. In cooler temperature (<60F), my bike will operate at 150F which isn't enough to boil off the moisture. Ride it through town at lower speeds to get the temps up.

Note that this is completely normal and not harmful.
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Mine does this in the winter. It is just moisture building up. Long rides don't necessarily rid it for me. In cooler temperature (<60F), my bike will operate at 150F which isn't enough to boil off the moisture. Ride it through town at lower speeds to get the temps up.

Note that this is completely normal and not harmful.
+1. I've actually let mine idle after a winter ride to get hot enough to burn it off.
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Long rides is not always the fix. I did 1500km in three days and on the third day I noticed the milkyness. It was very cold that day. Raining, light snow in one stretch and the dash temp was 2 degC.
Recommend action is to let the temp go as high as possible. Turn off the bike and open the oil filler plug to let the moisture out.

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Old Dec 13th, 2013, 6:36 am   #10 (permalink)
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Check your cylinder head bolt nuts. My friend on a trip, had the lower left nut on horizontal cylinder work loose over time. Oil window looked like milky grease and would not go away. He only had like 1500 miles or so.

His was easy to see, while motor idling the nut was vibrating. The other 3 are harder to get to and require a special C shaped tool to access and torque properly.
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