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Offline Pastor Miller

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First Time Connie Owner in KC
« on: July 04, 2017, 12:39:51 pm »
Hello, all.

It was suggested to me over at the COG FB group to join this COG. I am a first time Concours owner having purchased yesterday a 1999 "Barney" with 63,xxx. I love it already.

Two things: Do any of you have suggestions for a good shop or mechanic in the my area (greater Kansas City) or nearby to do some work and regular maintenance? And, to that end, the bike puts off a lot of heat down near my left leg. I am looking at Air Wings, as suggested to me. Any opinions? Also, it seems to drip a small amount of oil when the bike is running. When I first start it this will bring a little smoke on the left side, off the pipes I think. Once I get riding the smoke stops but there is still a faint odor of burning oil. This is the type of issue I would like to get checked out.

Please help me also to know if I am not using this forum properly!

Thanks!

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Re: First Time Connie Owner in KC
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2017, 01:26:42 pm »
Welcome :beerchug:  Please read the sections for new owners. As far as mechanics, much of the maintenance can be done by you by doing a search for topics as well as the maintenance sections you can access since you are a member.  I am not a mechanic but through this great resource was able to do all of the maintenance needed so far except sent off my carbs and J-box as I am not good with these things (although there is information here to do these yourself as well).  You will find real answers from real mechanics here.

If you can take a picture of the area where the oil is dripping and post it here it would help as well (I usually use my phone to take a picture, send it to myself, then compress it and save it in my documents or picture file so that I can attach it to my post).

You have a great bike that will give you many trouble-free and fun miles for years to come with proper maintenance.  In May I took a 4,000 mile roundtrip to the Southwest from Tennessee with not a hiccup from the bike! :motonoises:

« Last Edit: July 04, 2017, 01:36:18 pm by TnRider »

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Re: First Time Connie Owner in KC
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2017, 03:09:24 pm »
Thanks - I really do appreciate the reply.

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Re: First Time Connie Owner in KC
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2017, 03:24:00 pm »
First....welcome.  glad to have another concours owner here. 

where is the oil drip coming from?  the most common thing is hear the water pump.  there is a seal on the main shaft that sometimes goes bad over time.  the waterpump can be removed and the seal replaced if that's what it is.  if we know the location, that'll help diagnosis.

as for the smoking, these motors are pretty bullet proof and smoke from exhaust is not common.  I fear it may be an indication of something bad going on.  you might consider doing (or having done) a compression test on the cylinders.  there's another recent thread here about that subject which was started by Steve In Sunny Florida.
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Re: First Time Connie Owner in KC
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2017, 04:28:34 pm »
I believe he said that the smoke was coming from the oil dripping onto the exhaust. 

The water pump is a possibility although there are others as well.  If you could pinpoint the area of the engine where you see oil and take a picture we could help you.  There are probably other members in your area (Kansas City?) who may even volunteer to help you. :)

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Re: First Time Connie Owner in KC
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2017, 04:46:28 pm »
Thanks for these replies.  When I get a moment I'll get a picture.

I would SO LOVE IT if other KC members could shout out and give me some on-site guidance.