Question about 1982 Honda GL 1100 Aspencade Gold Wing

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White smoke both pipes when started minute later gone away

No power loss

This bike has a Magna Charger and one carb 50,000 miles

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  • candpellis Jan 06, 2009

    Thanks ****, but I was wondering if both exhaust show white smoke for a short time then clears up. Do you think both head gaskets are bad at the same time?

    It only takes a minute or to to clear up. I read somewhere moisture could be in pipes and mufflers???

  • candpellis Jan 07, 2009

    Thanks, I have a feeling I was not seeing "white smoke" but the normal exhaust when a motor is cold....... does this sound normal? Thanks again for your help


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White smoke indicates water in the combustion chamber. If the bike is still running okay I would keep an eye on the coolant level, make sure you're not losing any. Best guess is a blown headgasket. You can do a leakdown test or a compression test to check. If your headgasket is blown, two adjacent cylinders should show lower compression since pressure will be leaking from one to the other.

That's the kind of thing that probably won't run for long. Be sure and keep an eye on your oil level too, if you happen to be leaking coolant into the oil you can dilute the oil to the point it no longer lubricates very well.

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    Dick Jan 07, 2009

    The Goldwings are inline four cylinders that year. They only have one headgasket I believe. IF the headgasket has blown between two cylinders that do not use the same exhaust pipe it is very possible that the smoke could be in both pipes. It could be from water in the pipes, but where is that water coming from? The cooling system is the logical choice.

    Don't worry needlessly, do a compression check when the engine is cold. If the compression is okay I would ride it and keep an eye on the problem.

  • Dick
    Dick Jan 07, 2009

    If you live in a rather cold climate it would not be unusual to see that for a short time. I would expect to see similar colored exhaust from other vehicles too, if that were the norm.


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