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XT350 burnt out then came back to life.

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I was riding on a highway climbing a hill at about 60 when the engine locked up and skidded till I pulled the clutch in. I managed to safely pull it over to the side of the road. There was smoke pouring out of the engine around the cam area.

I quickly tried to turn the engine over,(not trying to start it). It was stuck. I pushed harder and it turned over about twice as hard. The third time it gave and turned over normally. I let it cool off for a good 5-10 minutes then started it up. It started just fine. Do you think my piston seized and I managed to free it?

The smoke kind of worried me, because I could also see this being a possible oil pump failure, but without an oil light who knows? Anyway I managed to ride it home safely, the power felt the same, it didn't try to die or anything. It starts up fine again after a couple hours. Should I be worried and check anything or should I just assume the piston froze from overheating?

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It sure sounds like you are right about that. I've heard so much about how hot these bikes run that I'm thinking of looking for a temp. guage as someone suggested so this doesn't happen to mine, knock on wood! Btw what kind of oil were you running and how old was it?

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10w40 Valvoline synthetic motorcycle oil, less than 500 miles on it. the thing is I've ridden it a lot harder other times, and never had the problem, so I don't see any point in worrying about it. If it happens it happens, let it cool down and hope you didn't kill it.

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