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I have a leak that appears to be coming from the shifter shaft. It looks like oily water. It could be coming from somewhere else and running down but I don't think so. Any idea on what it might be and how to fix it? Stupid question but the only fluids we need in these bikes are oil and maybe brake fluid right? So if I keep the oil level up I can live with the leak for a while?

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As long as the leak isn`t bad,or getting onto anything that might cause a safety issue.....yup you can just keep an eye on the oil level..

 

but,,if it`s the shift shaft seal..it comes out easily and new one taps right in..

 

B

Edited by brianhare

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Good to hear. I'll just put a pan under it while in the garage and worry about it this winter. Any idea on why it might look like water instead of oil? The bike hasn't been wet for a few weeks now and it's parked in a garage.

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Pull your oil dipstick.if it doesn`t look like water,,like you say on the floor,then the shift seal is not your main leak..

 

if your oil looks the same on the dipstick,,like water,you have issues...

 

I would clean the mess off.and really see where the mess is leaking from,it could be air filter oil coming out of the side cover and dripping down........or a disconnected hose to or from the oil seperator...

 

i would want to know for certain exactly what the leak was,then decide if it`s an issue or not..

 

B

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Water will settle in the bottom, remember water is denser than oil. Do you ride short distances often? Condensation can accumulate because of that.

 

Is the crankcase vented properly? If not, vapor, including water vapor, cannot easily escape the crankcase. If you left the OEM breather system on but some how hooked it to the bottom line of the air box boot instead of the top, water could ingress much more easily.

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I usually ride 70 miles in a 2 hour session. Is that considered a short distance? I'll have to check my lines again. I did de-smogify about 2000 miles ago and haven't had any problems so far. This just started about a week ago. 

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