Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Livin' in a Poor Man's Shangri, La. aka New Orleans
0mph tipover, blue smoke
As above, I was pulling into my driveway and hit some gravel in the curb, and went over on the right (brake) side, all the way over, not just leaning on the R jug.
2016 r1200gs LC
I got the bike upright--took two attempts on the sloping driveway, and when I tried to start, the display lit then greyed out, like losing power. The brakes also felt very squishy. I put the side stand up and down, pulled in the clutch lever a few times, tried to shift though the shift lever was reluctant to move, but eventually I got into neutral, display appeared and she started with a CLANG and lots of blue smoke, smelled like oil, from the exhaust.
I was able to ride her into the garage, and noticed the engine icon in the lower right of the display...the one with the engine profile and the exclamation point inside.
Blue smoke was profuse, but the bike started fine, and the engine "brapped" appropriately, though with lots of blue oily smoke.
The brake lever again felt tight.
I put the bike on the centerstand to check oil level...right in middle of window. The bike starts fine, though lots of blue smoke still. One time only on a test start, I again heard a clang.
I hooked the bike up to my GS911 and there was a fault for an exhaust valve, though it had a longer name than "exhaust valve." In my haste I did not save the name, but cleared the fault. I then went through all the headings with the GS911 and checked everything and no faults showed up.
I again started the bike, it was sitting maybe 10-15 min, and there was less blue smoke. Checked for faults with the GS911, and none shown. Bike again sat for probably about another 15-20 minutes and now when I start it all seems fine, with only a minimal puff of smoke when she fires up, truly minimal like when I start in the morning. I have not yet taken a test ride, though I will likely tomorrow, and that is why I am reporting this...for some advice.
So, when the bike tipped over--twice because it took two attempts to get it upright, and the second "tipover" was far more gentle and controlled---I am thinking because of gravity oil got into the right cylinder, was combusted over time, producing the blue smoke. I am also thinking that because of the upside down position of the brake lines, perhaps some air got in, caused the initial squishy feel, but when upright it rose to the top and was no longer in the system---other than being in the reservoir.
The shift and display issue I can't explain--my battery shows a resting state of 12.5v--and whatever caused the symptom, it appears gone now.
This is only the 4th? 5th tipover I've had with this bike, but this one produced things, the display, the brakes, the blue smoke, that the others have not.
Is there anything else to check? Should a trip to the dealer be considered and could they do anything I haven't.