An advantage to living in the south is the occasional warm winter day. Today was forecast to have a sunny afternoon and a temperature right at 70 degrees. So with no prior planning this afternoon we put on jackets and backed the motorcycle out of the garage for a nice winter’s day ride. It also gave me a chance to give the bike a shakedown ride after trying to track down an oil leak. We took a short 108 mile loop around north Georgia, going up to Canton and across to Dawsonville and back down. Along the way, the bike’s thermometer actually was showing 70 degrees for a while! When we got home I checked for the leak and saw some oil film which may have just been warmed up from where I wiped it down, but I saw no drops or evidence of any drops. Maybe it really was just tightening down some bolts and a faulty crush washer on the oil drain bolt.
And here’s a tip I got for this motorcycle from Bob Wooldridge of BMW Motorcycles of Atlanta. When changing the oil, fill up the filter, install it and then add 3 quarts of oil. That way you won’t overfill the crankcase because it’s difficult to see the clean oil in the sight glass. It works like a charm!