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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-04-2018, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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Hello all. Today I took delivery of my "new" 2013 XC. I am very excited to have the bike but noticed something right away I may need to address with the dealership I purchased it from. I saw that the left exhaust pipe was quite dark compared to the right. When I started it up, the left pipe smoked very bad for awhile until it warmed up. I'm afraid there is something wrong with that cylinder. Any ideas what this might be? Not the way I wanted to start off my bike ownership.

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Hello all. Today I took delivery of my "new" 2013 XC. I am very excited to have the bike but noticed something right away I may need to address with the dealership I purchased it from. I saw that the left exhaust pipe was quite dark compared to the right. When I started it up, the left pipe smoked very bad for awhile until it warmed up. I'm afraid there is something wrong with that cylinder. Any ideas what this might be? Not the way I wanted to start off my bike ownership.

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That's normal. It has to do with velocity and flow of the exhaust system. Don't fret that for one second.
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My wife has had a Vegas for 10 years, but this is my first Vic. Been following the forums for years and finally got my own. Can't wait to get some miles on this baby but don't remember seeing anything about one cylinder smoking. I do plan to get the bike over to The Vic Shop next spring so they can make sure everything is good but wanted to make sure this is not a big problem I need to address with the dealer.

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Of course, smoke means rings, but maybe there's just an accumulation of crud in there if the bike sat for a while and you just need to take it out and blow it out.
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My wife has had a Vegas for 10 years, but this is my first Vic. Been following the forums for years and finally got my own. Can't wait to get some miles on this baby but don't remember seeing anything about one cylinder smoking. I do plan to get the bike over to The Vic Shop next spring so they can make sure everything is good but wanted to make sure this is not a big problem I need to address with the dealer.

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It is a non issue. The right pipe flows faster than the left. It's part of the design of the head pipe.
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White, or blue smoke?
If white, then just condensation - normal.
If blue, then oil consumption related - Not normal
Normal for soot build up on the exhaust tips on these bikes
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Left side flows more exhaust than the right with the stock exhaust. The stock exhaust has a little scoop in the right side to devert some exhaust to the left muffler, so some say the left side flows more. You can put your hand over the tail pipe of each side with the bike idling and you ought to feel it have a little more flow out the left muffler. Some people have been known to remove the scoop and other clowns(myself) have removed the left muffler completely. So the other thing I thought of, from you location it may be rather cool/cold there and of course you notice smoke more in the cold out of the tail pipes. So unless the smoke is blue(oil burning) or black(too rich of fuel) I would not worry about it much personally. Nice looking bike. Enjoy the new ride!
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My XR like all cross bikes flows more out of one pipe than the other but not in my 6 years of owning it has it ever had that much soot on one pipe and not the other.

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Too many cold starts? Just wondering.
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