Q:I have a 2008 Kawasaki Concours with 13,000 miles. I bought the bike new and it is completely stock. I haven’t been on it since a ride to the Tail of the Dragon in October, a weekend trip of about 600 miles of pretty hard riding. After that, it had been parked in the garage until I decided to take it out on a warm January day. It started immediately but began smoking as soon as it began to warm up. I noticed the smell of burning oil, and smoke was coming from under the fairing. The exhaust was also much smokier than normal. The smoke was white. I cut it off, checked the oil level, and looked for any leaks, but it looked fine. I turned it back on, and after a few minutes the smoke from the exhaust diminished and it stopped smoking from under the fairing.
I decided to take it for a short ride to see if it had any loss of power or any other noticeable problems. It did not. The temperature remained in the normal range as well. I also checked the oil again to see if it smelled burnt or looked dark. It did not on either count. I let the bike cool off for an hour or so and restarted it with no abnormal smoking. Is there any reason for me to take the bike in for a check-up? It seems like the problem corrected itself, but I don’t want to take a chance on harming the engine.
A:You probably pumped a wee bit of oil out the breather into the airbox on that last ride. Or maybe a little water got into the airbox during storage or cleaning. When it fired back up, that cleared it out.