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I went to check on my bike today, which I winterized back in November. It has been sitting in a garage almost untouched since. With spring fast approaching, I figured I should go run the bike for a few minutes to make sure all is good. I turned it on, and after a minute of running it smoke started coming out the bottom of the exhaust (dead center on the pipe). Obviously I find this to be alarming, and am looking for advice. Here's what's going on with the bike:

-Bike is used, with one previous owner. Has 12,000 miles.
-I laid the bike down in October at 20mph. Mechanics put $1200 of work into replacing broken parts and didn't find anything damaged internally
-I've ridden the bike numerous times since laying it down without any issues.
-When winterizing I changed the oil BUT NOT the oil filter. I plan on doing that when i change the oil again for the riding season.
-I put sta-bil in the gas tank
-I put an oily rag in the exhaust and air filter to keep out condensation (both were removed before I started it
-Bike is located in Brooklyn, and the garage is not really heated (there are some hot water pipes running along the ceiling above the bike, but heat is minimal).
-Aside from smoke, bike looks and sounds perfectly fine.
-I turned the bike on once before for a few minutes back in December without any issues.

I've heard that it's not good to change the oil and not the oil filter, but, just to reiterate, I have not been riding my SV. I was hoping that turning it on and running it for a few minutes wouldn't hurt it.

Any help/advice is appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 

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Typical when a bike sits. Also one of the exhaust clamps could be loose and with the oily rag stuffed in, oil is burning around that area.

I wouldn't worry about.

With it running, feel around for exhaust leaking, if so, just tighten...but not too much, as you don't want to break the bolt off.
 

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Thank you both for advice/info. If there's no leak, should I just run it for awhile until it stops smoking?
 

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You probably shouldnt be just running the bike for a few minutes only to let it sit again for a few more weeks. You never really get the oil up to temperature by just letting it run for a few minutes.
Turn it on and take it out for a ride, or just let it sit.
That's what I've been told anyway, seems to make sense to me.
 

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You probably shouldnt be just running the bike for a few minutes only to let it sit again for a few more weeks. You never really get the oil up to temperature by just letting it run for a few minutes.
Turn it on and take it out for a ride, or just let it sit.
That's what I've been told anyway, seems to make sense to me.
a couple other riders at the garage told me to turn it on once a month in order to process oil through the pistons. i believe their thinking is this keeps it lubricated....?

I'm a new rider, so I'm still not that well informed.
 
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