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keep in mind that this is not only my first ducati, but my first motorcycle period. i changed the oil tonite, the old oil was cloudy looking and smelled of fuel pretty bad. i kinda figured it wasnt a big deal, because the bike has been started abunch without being ridden. or atleast i figured i would change it and keep an eye on it before i flipped out. anyway, when i went to start it, it wouldnt idle, would die and pop back through the throttle bodies. and it was noisier than usual(quite a bit). i figured i would let it warm up, about 180 degrees, it smoothed out and quieted down. now it starts and idles beautifully. it has a full termignoni exhaust and an f.b.f. e-prom. any ideas? sorry for the long story, i am just worried. thanks in advance, paul
 

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Probably just fouled a plug and ran on one cyl, which then cleared itself up and started working again. It happens.
 

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stickcar1990 said:
the old oil was cloudy looking and smelled of fuel pretty bad. i kinda figured it wasnt a big deal, because the bike has been started abunch without being ridden. or atleast i figured i would change it and keep an eye on it before i flipped out. anyway, when i went to start it, it wouldnt idle, would die and pop back through the throttle bodies. and it was noisier than usual(quite a bit). i figured i would let it warm up, about 180 degrees, it smoothed out and quieted down.
First, before changing the oil, was the bike tempermental when you cold started it? Ducati's are tempermental and wont idle well when cold, you have to use the throttle lock to keep the revs up when cold starting. Plus its winter and you could be in a very cold part of the states, just adds to the problem.

You say the old oil was "cloudy" cloudy as in dark brownish black or cloudy like chocolate milkshake?
 

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the oil was a greyish color. but not overfull. kinda looked like water contamination, but it never seperated. smelled of fuel very badly.
 

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stickcar1990 said:
the oil was a greyish color. but not overfull. kinda looked like water contamination, but it never seperated. smelled of fuel very badly.
Sounds like fuel dillution and condensation. Most likely from being started, but not ridden. It takes quite a while for the engine oil to get up to operating temperature in order to "burn off" contaminants. It doesn't heat up quite as quickly as the coolant.
 
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