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Hey all picked up a 2011 XR about two weeks ago and have gladly and comfortably put 1500 miles on it. A wonderful step up from the Honda Aero 750 I used to ride.

Anyways, after coming back from a 800 mile road trip i needed to get some of the dirt and dead bugs off of her so i washed and polished her up. Today, two days after i washed her, i started to notice a gas smell which i am assuming is the same issue that has already been posted, But what really concerned me is what is in the pictures below. I noticed it about 5 minutes after i started riding and am curious if it's possibly just due to some soapy water that fully wasn't rinced or if it's something serious. Regardless i'll be going into the dealer a.s.a.p. but it's not running or riding any different.

I rode about 40 miles today (first day since i washed her) constantly checking to see if it kept happening, but it didn't grow nor did i see any smoke. Any thoughts?
 

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Hey all picked up a 2011 XR about two weeks ago and have gladly and comfortably put 1500 miles on it. A wonderful step up from the Honda Aero 750 I used to ride.

Anyways, after coming back from a 800 mile road trip i needed to get some of the dirt and dead bugs off of her so i washed and polished her up. Today, two days after i washed her, i started to notice a gas smell which i am assuming is the same issue that has already been posted, But what really concerned me is what is in the pictures below. I noticed it about 5 minutes after i started riding and am curious if it's possibly just due to some soapy water that fully wasn't rinced or if it's something serious. Regardless i'll be going into the dealer a.s.a.p. but it's not running or riding any different.




I rode about 40 miles today (first day since i washed her) constantly checking to see if it kept happening, but it didn't grow nor did i see any smoke. Any thoughts?
Same thing happened to mine. I think it is the grease they place on the spark plug where the plug wire attaches. Just clean it up and it will eventually stop. I had to clean mine three different times and now it doesn't come back. BTW, I have 1500 miles on mine.
 

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I get that too when I washed the bike the first few times. I cleaned it up with some s100... Now I blow the water out of that area after I wash and I never have a problem
 

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Yes it looks like soapy water. If you have air compressor blow it out but don't use a hug blast and be careful of how much air you use. A little will go a long ways.thumb up
 

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Thats kind of what I assumed. Thanks for te reassurance. It was just concerning since it sat covered for two days after washing then it appeared after riding for 5 minutes! thumb up
 

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its definitely not just soapy water, fyi. It appears to be some kind of grease or anti-seize on the spark plugs from the factory. Just make sure you wipe it/clean it off and it stops after a wash or two. I always blow water out of there now anyway so it doesnt sit.
 

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Trust me, it's not antisieze. If it were, it would not be white, or just wipe of with a damp rag. It also wouldn't be in the fins nowhere near the plugs.
 

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Trust me, it's not antisieze. If it were, it would not be white, or just wipe of with a damp rag. It also wouldn't be in the fins nowhere near the plugs.
the stuff that got on the plasticy portion of the transmission case below the engine definitely did not wipe off with a wet rag, or with cleaner. I havent found something to completely remove the stain yet. It wiped off of metal surfaces just fine, it may not be antisieze (i guess it wouldn't be white), but its not soapy water, its water mixed with a lubricant then from either the plugs or boot.
 
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