So, today I took the Kaw triple out for a ride. Beautiful day, great ride – and once again, my luck held… As I rolled back into the driveway I saw (and smelled) more than the usual quantity of oily smoke. Key off, roll to a stop. Hop off, have a look. There is two-stroke oil dripping all over! The back wheel is coated. Dribbles oozing down the frame tubes… WTF?
At first I thought the engine cases had developed a bad leak – but it was definitely not 10W-40 engine oil (used in the gearbox). It was purple-black two-stroke oil. And it was coming from the oil tank. The side of the oil tank. The sight “glass” (it’s plastic) had worked itself loose! This opened a quarter-sized hole in the full tank, allowing the top-third of the oil inside to pour out – and all over everything.
Amazingly, it fell out in the driveway, with the bike barely moving… not 5 minutes earlier, when I was running 70 on the open road!
So, just a clean-up. Not a seize up!