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White smoke blowing out the exhaust and oil consumtion on r.cyl.

Bike is air cooled, i had oil on the outside of my r. ex. pipe, none really any where else i rode it for a ride thinking i could blow it out, maybe overfilled the oil but air box is clean and when i rev it up it still blows white smoke. is it rings??? is it ex. valve??

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Its most likely your rings. They get worn and start letting oil into the combustion chamber. They aren't extremely hard to replace.

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