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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-04-2014, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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Milky oil?

I've had my bike up on my lift for about a week now. I drained the oil in anticipation of changing out my chrome engine cases to wrinkle black. The oil looked fine when I drained it. (I'm very anal and change my engine oil every 2500 miles. May be overkill but it makes me happy).

When I removed my rocker cover, there was normal golden oil and then some areas where it almost appeared milky. Nothing extreme but over the years I've always taken little signs as a precursor to larger problems.

It had been very cold out, hitting -4 last night, could low temperature cause that? I've never seen that before.

I use Mobil 1 20w50.

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Well, I don't have an answer, because the easy answer for milky oil is water in the oil.


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Only answer I have is water.


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It could be condensation. Do you wash it with water heavily? Store it in a humid place? Etc
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I would have to agree with some type of moisture, condensation of some kind. Couldnt answer how though

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If your short hoping the bike a lot in cool or cold weather, the oil will often get a high concentration of moisture in it causing the milky appearance. The motor needs to run long enough for the oil to reach normal operating temp on a regular basis to prevent the excess moisture.


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Thanks for all the replies.

It is stored in my garage in NJ, not heated but indoors. The bike has sat for a while because of colder temperatures and poor road conditions due to salt.

I usually come out and start her and let her warm up so she doesn't sit idle all winter. Then after she's warm, I kill it.

Like I previously stated, the oil that came out of the pan was still golden and had no signs of "milky". You guys could have hit the nail on the head with condensation.


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Definately condensation. I saw that a lot in my motors I left to sit for extended periods of time when I lived in a cold climate. Just starting the bike/car will not get rid of it very quickly. It needs to be brought up to operating temp for a period to get the condensation to mix with the oil and be drawn thru the filter. JMO

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[QUOTE=Stag556;1422610]Thanks for all the replies.

I usually come out and start her and let her warm up so she doesn't sit idle all winter. Then after she's warm, I kill it.

^^^^ One of the worst things you can do. Fresh oil, full tank of fuel with fuel stabalizer, battery tender and store for the winter, your practice creates condensation that is not good. Please stop this practice.


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I also agree with condensation. It's not good to just start your bike & let it run, which cause condensation. Battery tender, some type of fuel stabilizer for sure. Good luck.


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