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Posted: 10/29/2006 12:01:21 PM EST
Damn! I went on a nice ride through the desert today. I go out to the garage to check something and see these drops of oil under the bike.



Probably a simple fix.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 12:02:04 PM EST
5 pages....
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 12:02:48 PM EST

A Harley with an oil leak?





just funnin' with ya - hopefully it's something simple like jsut replacing a gasket.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 12:04:09 PM EST
If it didn't I'd be worried. They won't run long without oil.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 12:04:28 PM EST
Think of it as marking its spot.......
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 12:04:58 PM EST
Just marking its territory
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 12:05:11 PM EST
Is it a base gasket leaking? The rear jug base gasket usually leaks, so I'm told, if you don't let the bike warm up properly before you put the engine under load.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 12:06:41 PM EST
I keep a roasting pan underneath my '57.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 12:07:47 PM EST
Hard to tell by the pic where the oil may be coming from. Take a look at the clutch cable housing where it enters the tranny side cover (I am assuming you have a manual clutch.) There is an o-ring on it and the cable housing becomes loose over time. A simple twist with a wrench would fix that.

Also, if your breather system has been modified with a hose running from the heads down under the engine, see if you are getting a few drops off of that. On some of the big-bore and stroker kits the installers put in a hose running under the bike with a filter on the end of it to prevent oil blowing out the air cleaner.

Also, look at the tranny drain plug for a leak. If it does, pull it and replace its o-ring, along with the tranny lube.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 12:07:50 PM EST
Thats how you know it's full.
If it ever stops leaking, add oil, you are empty.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 12:08:15 PM EST
why does this suprise you? and that is not a leak. If you think that is an oil leak, then.......ahh never mind. i wont feed the fire.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 12:09:28 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 12:09:40 PM EST
dont they all?
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 12:51:02 PM EST
That's the wrong way to look at it.

Your oil stain has a Harley on top of it.

That's a good thing.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 12:52:39 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 12:59:06 PM EST
I'm going to take a wild guess that this is an Evolution or a Revolution engine and not a Shovel Head, Pan Head, or Knuckle Head we're talking about.

If it's Evolution, it's mechanic time. If it's REVOLUTION, you can start freaking out about now...

Of it's a Shovel, Pan, or Knuckle, get some kitty litter and stop whining.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 1:02:26 PM EST
I thought they had to leak before they left the factory?
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 1:04:46 PM EST
What do Harleys and puppies have in common?





They both leak every time they stop somewhere, and they're both happiest in the back of a truck....
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 2:07:41 PM EST

Originally Posted By pale_pony:
I'm going to take a wild guess that this is an Evolution or a Revolution engine and not a Shovel Head, Pan Head, or Knuckle Head we're talking about.

If it's Evolution, it's mechanic time. If it's REVOLUTION, you can start freaking out about now...

Of it's a Shovel, Pan, or Knuckle, get some kitty litter and stop whining.


TC88.

Looks like the bottom pan gasket from wha tI can see.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 2:09:06 PM EST

Originally Posted By staraero:
If it didn't I'd be worried. They won't run long without oil.



Link Posted: 10/29/2006 2:36:56 PM EST
Now long ago a Harley rider told me that they were designed to leak to keep the chain oiled.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 2:42:55 PM EST

Originally Posted By P08:
Now long ago a Harley rider told me that they were designed to leak to keep the chain oiled.


The older ones were.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 2:43:12 PM EST
Nice Bike.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 2:43:14 PM EST
They haven't had chains on them in over 20 years.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 2:47:49 PM EST
You what they say about Blondes and Harleys.........................

After you ride them for an hour, they drip for an hour.....................
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 2:55:31 PM EST
Bet it has loud exhaust too.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 3:23:57 PM EST

P08


Now long ago a Harley rider told me that they were designed to leak to keep the chain oiled
.


Goober, that's true. It's a "drip" system that lubes directly on the chain and the amount is adjustable.

I've got a '65 Pan that uses this system.

cc
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 3:31:53 PM EST
No probably they do that.
Some people think it's big deal,you know the one that keep the plastic on their sofas.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 3:48:19 PM EST
Just proof it's a Genuine H-D.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 3:50:58 PM EST
[hippie] it's just giving the oil back to mother earth from whence it came, man [/hippie]
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 3:55:57 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/29/2006 4:00:35 PM EST by wildearp]

Originally Posted By Tactical_Jew:

Originally Posted By pale_pony:
I'm going to take a wild guess that this is an Evolution or a Revolution engine and not a Shovel Head, Pan Head, or Knuckle Head we're talking about.

If it's Evolution, it's mechanic time. If it's REVOLUTION, you can start freaking out about now...

Of it's a Shovel, Pan, or Knuckle, get some kitty litter and stop whining.


TC88.

Looks like the bottom pan gasket from wha tI can see.


Oil drips like rain. Start at the top and work your way down. I just replaced my rocker box seals on a TC 88. I didn't notice the leak. The dealer spotted it during an oil change.

Take a look at the rear cylinder, just where the rocker box meets the jug.

BTW, your bike is just marking its spot!!!
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 4:14:41 PM EST
I always thought that if you repeatedly poured oil on your garage floor you will eventually grow a Harley.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 4:45:25 AM EST
Im gonna have to take the pipes off and a side cover to source the leak.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 5:29:13 AM EST

Originally Posted By K2QB3:

Originally Posted By P08:
Now long ago a Harley rider told me that they were designed to leak to keep the chain oiled.


The older ones were.


true and believe it or not so was the original Honda SOHC cb750s. they had a little screw that could be adjusted above the drive sprocket on the tranny to allow oil to slowly drip on the chain.

as for the TC88 well its a Harley. $$$ but still not in Honda/yamaha/kawasaki/suzuki league when it comes to build quality.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 5:34:47 AM EST
I see they took engineering classes for the british!
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 5:37:21 AM EST
Some of these responses are fucking great!

Evos and your twin cam shouldn't leak, though. Just figure out where it's coming from, and take care of it.

My Yamaha Virago (first bike) leaked oil worse than my Harley does.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 5:37:24 AM EST
Dear Abby,

I've never written to you before, but I really need your
advice on what could be a crucial decision.

I've suspected for some time now that my wife has been
cheating on me. The usual signs...phone rings, but if I
answer, the caller hangs up. My wife has been going out
with the girls a lot recently, although when I ask their
names she always says, "Just some friends from work, you
don't know them."

I sometimes stay awake to look out for her cab coming home,
but she always comes walking up the drive as I hear the
sound of a car leaving, around the corner, as if she has
gotten out and walked the rest of the way. Why? Maybe she
wasn't in a taxi at all?

I once picked up her cell phone, just to see what time it
was. This caused her to go completely berserk. She quickly
snatched the phone out of my hand and cursed me hysteri-
cally, screaming that I should never touch her personal
property, then accused me of trying to spy on her.

Anyway, I have never broached the subject with my wife. I
think deep down I just didn't want to know the truth, but
last night she went out again and I decided to really check
on her. I decided I was going to park my Harley Davidson
Lowrider next to the garage and then hide behind it so I
could get a good view of the street around the corner when
she came home. It was at that moment, crouching behind my
motorcycle that I noticed a small amount of motor oil
leaking through the gasket between the rear head and rocker
arm cover.

So... is this something I can easily repair myself or do you
think I should take it back to the dealer?

Link Posted: 10/30/2006 5:37:57 AM EST

Originally Posted By Gravity_Tester:
What do Harleys and puppies have in common?


They both leak every time they stop somewhere, and they're both happiest in the back of a truck....


Link Posted: 10/30/2006 5:44:21 AM EST

Originally Posted By Fat_McNasty:
I see they took engineering classes for the british!


Know why the British don't build computers?

They couldn't figure out how to make 'em leak oil!
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 6:20:56 AM EST

Originally Posted By K2QB3:
That's the wrong way to look at it.

Your oil stain has a Harley on top of it.

That's a good thing.


good one.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 6:35:21 AM EST
Naw say it aint so,,,,,,,I've never counted 18 of them broken down on the side of the road in Washoe Valley,NV during Street Vibrations either,,,,now I know why folks have Cell Phones,,,, to call for some help piece of Junk,,,just opinion
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 6:59:23 AM EST

Originally Posted By Tactical_Jew:
SH*T! My Harley has a oil leak!!


[sarcasm on]......Well, isn't that unique!? .............[sarcasm off]
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 7:41:40 AM EST
What a POS.

I have a 6 year old KLR650 with 30,000 miles. It has been beat to hell over those six years - dropped countless times in the dirt and been in two wrecks on the street. I paid just over $4,000 for it new. It has never leaked a drop.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 9:03:15 AM EST
Ha, your's and everyone else's...
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 9:09:02 AM EST
Had to laugh when I saw this thread. I read it in anticipation of the replies that I knew were coming.

As one who once purchased a brand new 1974 Sportster, I know about oil leaks. I never worried about it.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 9:11:56 AM EST
It's leaving a Harley DNA sample.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 9:40:32 AM EST
Not trying to be a smartass here, but I thought all Harleys did that.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 9:43:12 AM EST
I thought harleys were notorious for leaking oil!


Try owning a 35 year old Porsche!

The old saying is 'It doesn't leak oil, it MARKS IT'S TERRITORY!'
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 9:45:13 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/30/2006 9:47:25 AM EST by Fat_McNasty]


Get a tube of YamaBond and quit your griping!


Or a tube of ThreeBond..

Link Posted: 10/30/2006 10:14:00 AM EST

Originally Posted By darealickt:
What a POS.

I have a 6 year old KLR650 with 30,000 miles. It has been beat to hell over those six years - dropped countless times in the dirt and been in two wrecks on the street. I paid just over $4,000 for it new. It has never leaked a drop.


Good for you. Hot babes are lining up to feel that Kawasaki vibe too, correct?
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 10:32:41 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/30/2006 10:38:00 AM EST by darealickt]

Originally Posted By wildearp:

Originally Posted By darealickt:
What a POS.

I have a 6 year old KLR650 with 30,000 miles. It has been beat to hell over those six years - dropped countless times in the dirt and been in two wrecks on the street. I paid just over $4,000 for it new. It has never leaked a drop.


Good for you. Hot babes are lining up to feel that Kawasaki vibe too, correct?

Hot babes? Are you serious? You consider Biker Bitches hot babes?



You ride an over-priced, oil leaking, 700 pound POS to attract "women" like this?







Paying $15,000 or higher to attract these kind of women is not what my idea of what motorcycling is about. You can keep the fat ass cheeks and chaps that show them off all to yourself. I'll pass, thank you.

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