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Mystery oil leak

Today I had a chance to ride my bike for the first time since returning from Leesburg. When I backed the bike out of the garage, there was a puddle of oil on the floor. First thing I did was check my oil level, it's within range. I then started the bike, normal pressure, then did a quick 15 mile ride, parked the bike, no leak after an hour. I'm going to ride some more then let the bike sit again. Has anyone experienced anything like this or have a clue?
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Any clue where it dripped from on the underside of the bike?
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No, I looked under the bike and it's a little dirty and greasy, but nothing freshly wet or anything. I'm probably going to clean and degrease the underside of the bike and keep checking.

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No, I looked under the bike and it's a little dirty and greasy, but nothing freshly wet or anything. I'm probably going to clean and degrease the underside of the bike and keep checking.
Best of luck, it can be frustrating. I always start by checking drain bolts and orings, especially if there has been a recent service done.
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dbell, similar thing happened to me a couple of weeks ago shortly after I got my bike back from getting the 107. I saw a small puddle of oil, at first I thought maybe it was from my chopper because I move the bikes around and that bike sometimes leaves a mark. Then it happened again and I knew now it was the RG, I degreased it under and and all around filter area after that it didn't drip anymore. it was just residue from sloppy oil change done at the shop
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Well, I cleaned the bike up, let it get hot, shut it off and waited. Almost like waiting for water to boil, and very slowly, sure enough the drain plug is the culprit. I'm over 2k miles into this oil change and had planned on changing right before SW5 anyway. I must admit this is the first time I've had a drain plug o ring fail. Interesting that it would happen midway through an oil change. I've looked and you can see no oil anywhere else and just a drop at a time on the plug, I've probably leaked about 1/2 ounce in the last hour.

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Do you remember what vacinity of the engine the puddle was at ?

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Well, I cleaned the bike up, let it get hot, shut it off and waited. Almost like waiting for water to boil, and very slowly, sure enough the drain plug is the culprit. I'm over 2k miles into this oil change and had planned on changing right before SW5 anyway. I must admit this is the first time I've had a drain plug o ring fail. Interesting that it would happen midway through an oil change. I've looked and you can see no oil anywhere else and just a drop at a time on the plug, I've probably leaked about 1/2 ounce in the last hour.
That's an easy fix. Remember not to over tighten the plug.

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glad you found it and it was nothing major, I guess your doing an oil change earlier then planned
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Been in the (not needed) habit on my own bikes to stretch an inch and 1/2 of 1/4 Teflon tape against the threads on the oil and tranny plug plus the O-rings.
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