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Low gear stuttering

I Changed the plugs last night on my bike only to find oil in the 2nd & 3rd plugs which would indicate why my bike isn't running smoothily. Can anyone tell me what the problem is and how do i go about fixing this problem.

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It sounds like your bike is burning oil due to rings getting old or sleeves to the valves are warned out .
check how smoky your kawa is first .
if at high revs your bike is smoky heavely your rings could be getting tired or valves guides are warned .

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Just had the same problem.spark plug tube seals were bad.complete valvecover gasket set is about $100.

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