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I have an 84 honda goldwing aspencade and when it sits for a day or two it smokes when i start it but quits smoking after it warms up. ANY IDEAS ?

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Hello stingray7401...A puff of grey smoke on start-up when cold usually indicates worn valve stem seals...engine oil is seeping into the combustion chambers.
If the smoke disappears after a few minutes then don't worry. This can happen even on low mileage engines and is more a case of age rather than mileage...The early GL's are very reliable engines...i 've seen a few with over 200k and still running the roads.
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Yes, the piston rings are starting to wear allowing some oil into the cylinder when it sits idle .There are some things you could do such as switching to a high mileage oil that is specially formulated to help or maybe an oil additive. The bike still runs great i'm sure and will probably run for years before any major work needs done. hope this helps

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The Goldwings are notorious for doing this. It isn't the rings that is letting the oil bypass, it is the valve stem seals. They seep oil in the cylinder and when the engine starts it smokes to burn off the oil that is leaked in. If it were the piston rings it would not stop smoking after it warms up. The only fix is to put in new valve stem seals. Most will let it go until it becomes enough of a nuisance to where they will replace the seals.
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I assume you are putting it up on the center stand? Mine ('86 GL1200A) smokes from the left side only when I do not.

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