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White smoke comming from one side of mufflers. Does this mean head gasket on those 2 heads? its an old goldwing I thought it was air cooled, maybe not. Not my bike, just got a call from a friend. Thx Guys, B

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Take a compression test of all 4 cylinders.  A large decrease in one cylinder would suggest a blown head casket or cracked head.   Is the a loss of power?

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Good news would be head gasket, bad news cracked head. It's liquid cooled.

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