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The smell of a new BMW bike.

Discussion in 'R1200RS Versus The Competition' started by dkjkwood, Jul 18, 2017.

  1. dkjkwood

    dkjkwood Member

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    I've owned many different brands of motorcycles. I'm on my 3rd BMW and I've realized they have a vary unique smell to them when they are new. Perhaps manufacturing compounds are burnt off in the first few thousand miles.

    I actually like it. Kind of like a new car smell.
     
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  2. Ross

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    Can't say I have ever noticed any smell from a new bike just the smell of rubber, but I did notice a big smile on my face.
     
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  3. Lee

    Lee Well-Known Member

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    Yep, I know what you mean.
     
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    Sorry, not me. The nose doesn't knows.
     
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    I've had a few new ones but didn't drive slow enough or let them idle long enough to notice any smell. I do know one smell that's pretty awful. When a car was towed in to my shop and it was driven several minutes longer then it should have after it overheated . When a engine reaches 300 +degrees , many Parts melt. Fluids crystalze,pistons seize , and gives off a smell that's so distinct that ,before opening the hood it's obvious the whole engine is total loss.
     
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    I noticed the smell of the RS which is lovely and my previous bike's. The smell appears to last 3-4 weeks.
     
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    The smell is Eau d' BMW. It is actually the smell of cash being burned up. ):
     
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    I have too , yes :)
    When I open the barn, it smells like a new RS :D :D :D
     
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    Richard230 Well-Known Member Contributor

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    I love the smell of hydrocarbons polluting the atmosphere in the morning. :D
     
  10. Dan smith

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    What's your favorite smell ? Keep it G rated :) one of my favorites is fresh horse manure . When I smell it ,reminds me of the fun times I had when I was a kid with horses in our backyard .
     
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  11. Ross

    Ross Member

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    G rated that's no fun but you're right there may be small children watching. I would like to say the smell of my new BMW helmet # 7 but I still waiting, so I will say, fresh cut grass just after my wife has cut the lawn.
     
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  13. Dan smith

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    I hope you do dishes
     
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    Talking of smells after 2 weeks sitting on the sidestand i started mine up yesterday, there were clouds of smoke and the stench of burning oil, this happens sometimes and I'm guessing it depends on the position of the left piston and valves at shut down as to whether the oil can get in or not as it only does it sometimes. Never seems to actually use any oil though
     
  15. Ross

    Ross Member

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    Yes. also the shopping, cooking, etc. I like to cook.
    "She who must be obeyed"(can anyone name the UK program that's from)
     
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    Rumpole of the Bailey ?
     
  17. Ross

    Ross Member

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    Well done old boy "I will see you in chambers."
     
  18. Dan smith

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    Maybe just a drop getting by a valve guide .
    It's either ,coming by a ring or guide , more likely a guide ,unless there is a crankcase venting problem .
    I would agree ,nothing to worry about unless it starts To smoke worse or burns a lot of oil.
    Some people say, have it written up under warranty ,so if it becomes major,down the road,you have it documented. Me I do my own service and stay far away from dealers . Hopefully I will figure out how the check the valves when it's time , they are shimmed.
     
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    I've actually smelt this on all my new bikes.

    Especially during the first rains on them.
     
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    I'm the same, staying away from the dealers! I guess it's one good reason to use the center stand but I took mine off
     
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