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Burning oil Hey all I'm new here and maybe you guys can help me out. I have a 450 Motard that I'm having some issues with. First off

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One of valves (I think) makes a ticking sound sometimes that sounds kinda like when a kid puts a baseball card in the spokes of his bike. I can't pin point it but it sounds like its coming off of one of the left cylinders. That doesn't bug me too much and usually if I up-shift and let the engine pull at a low rpm for a few seconds it will go away. The bigger problem is that the left exhaust is spitting out some oil smoke (pretty sure its oil - the smoke is bluish and smells like burning oil). Its only the left exhaust so its one of the two left cylinders, and its probably burning all the time but is much more noticeable when idling at a stop (for obvious reasons). Is this more likely to be some sort of faulty o-ring or something more serious like a gasket or something? Could it be related to the valve ticking?,My read is that the rings didn't seat properly. I assume you unfortunately followed the Honda-recommended break-in procedure. Therefore you need new rings and freshly honed cylinders. Take a look here for a possible explanation, and modified recommendations: Break In Secrets--How To Break In New Motorcycle and Car Engines For More Power I would also follow those recommendations if they give you a new bike! I have never had a new bike or one with a newly rebuilt engine, so I have not used the modified procedures. But, for what it's worth, i definitely WILL use them if I ever get a new bike. I have also read stories that seem to suggest that some dealers have mistakenly filled the new bikes with synthetic oil, thus preventing proper break-in.,,,

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