Lifted the tank last weekend to check what kind of air filter I have on my new Aprilia.
Found some oil in the air box, but I can live with that if that's normal & the amount will not increase.
My airbox is deristricted [reduction diaphragm removed], but I have the original restrictive air boot below. What puzzles me is that I've found some sticky nylon/scotch tape stuffed in the middle hole of the air boot [exploded view: No.8 - choke hold]. I guess it's not needed & trying to prevent hot air from engine bay entering the air box, but is this OEM standard ? )
One other oily question: found some minor greasy deposit [oil/fuel+dirt I guess] around the lowest point of the fuel tank [around the exiting fuel line : http://www.af1racing.com/store/Scrip...idproduct=4270 ]. Should I worry about the dreaded fuel pump problems?
Futura '05 (mfg. '03) two-tone RS Touring
Mines developed a small oil Leak, investigation in progress.
OK, guys, figure this one out. The mysterious oil leak I posted about is gone, left as mysteriously as it appeared. Last night I took the bike out to fill up the tank, and rode about 25 miles before arriving home where I parked the bike in the garage, placing another white paper towel under the bike to check for the oil leak again. Couple hours later go out to check, and to my surprise, the paper was completely clean - no oil spots at all. This morning I decided to meet a riding buddy for breakfast, after which we took a 180 mile ride, parted ways, and I rode the bike home, again parking it in the garage. Reaching under the lower fairing expecting to find oil buildup, I was surprised to discover everything was bone dry - no oil weepage anywhere. Plus, the oil level, which I immediately checked upon hoisting the bike onto the centerstand, had returned to its normal level and was consistant with the level from the previous night. Why this has happened is beyond me. Could it be that letting the bike warm up and idle for 15-20 minutes in the garage created a condition causing the minor oil leakage? And why then, after having ridden the bike extensively for many many miles, did the weepage just stop, and the oil level return to consistant (normal) levels? Could it be that the bike just needed to be ridden (instead of just idling in the garage) and did the actual riding create a different environment allowing the leakage to cease? This stupifies me, but all I know is that the bike was weeping oil when parked and idling, and after being ridden, the weepage has completely disappeared. If any of you Fut gurus has an explanation for this, I'd love to hear your take. Regardless, she's dry as a bone and I can now sleep at night again. I was seriously thinking of trailering the bike 90 miles to the nearest Aprilia dealership in Murfreesboro, TN (Sloan's) to have it checked out, I was that frustrated. Atached is a pic of the bike parked in the garage after this morning's 180 mile ride - dry as a bone and nary an oil spot anywhere. Opinions????
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Not wanting to state the obvious - was / has anything else been parked where the bike is whilst you have been on your travels,which could have left the oil?
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Not sure i even want to know why you did that, but letting the bike idle inside a garage for 20 mins. will not result in anything good. The, now gone, oil leak was Mr. Rotax asking "are you _________? Bike looks like it was taken care of nicely. Just ride the thing.
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I was under the impression that the big advantage of the Li batteries is that they could sit longer w/o losing charge. Besides, it would likely take longer than 10 mins at idle to replace what you use at start-up. My basic philosophy, if you can't ride it, don't start it.
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Those batteries seem to like being warm. It wasn't the ignition, but the draw from the headlight and tail light that warmed it up. A week of non-use should be nothing to that battery. I have a friend who's got one in a Kaw. That bike sits for weeks sometimes as he rides something else more. Granted, he's not got an ECU drawing a very small current and that 1200 Kaw might be easier on the starter. He had troubles with the original 14 Ah version. Switching to the 18 Ah equiv. fixed some cold starting issues. Shorai now recommends the next bigger yet for the Rex. - Big money for a little battery!
Personally, Id rather just plug a conventional battery into an Optimate if the bike is gonna sit. The other option is to pull the main fuses. In the summer, you should have to do neither with either battery if it's just a week - even 2.
I have the 18 aH Shorai and agree with everything written above. Below 50 degrees the battery does need to be warmed up to start a Futura. Initially I followed the advice of others and ran the high beams for a minute or so, then waited half a minute before starting the bike. What seems to work better is to crank the bike very briefly, like 2 crank revolutions, let it sit half a minute, then go.
The cold starting has gotten better over time, it's better now than when the battery was new. Others have had the same experience. I'd have to think hard about getting another one, and that's coming from someone who can get them for under half price.
Mines sussed, fingers crossed.
My fault, how many times is it not the bike.
Rocker cover gasket front cylinder, not properly seated from cam timing job.