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Angry Valve Cover Gasket leak - dang

I just discovered a small leak coming from my valve cover gasket.
Kind of hard to see where it comes from, but it found a wet area on the left front side of the gasket. The oil seems to be making it's way down along the coolant hoses and then hits the inner side of the fairing where it accumulates.
Really unfortunate for a bike with only 2,000 miles on it. Never been tracked or abused in any other way.

The bike is only 1.5 years old. Would this be covered under warranty ?
One issue though : Atlanta does not have an MV dealership anymore...
Any sound advice welcome !

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Yup, warranty repair! take her in to the doctor, Im sure she will be ok.

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Can it still be driven, or do I need to put it 'on ice' for a while ?
See above : there's no dealership within 200 miles...

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You could ride it still, but the leak might get worse. I would have it fixed or order up the gasket and change it yourself if you dont want to make the trip to the dealer.

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It's common for the mechanic to reuse the rubber valve cover gasket when checking valve clearances. I do the checks on my bikes and inspect the condition of the gasket. I did have a leak from what looks to be exactly the same place of my 312R last year. I ordered a new gasket and installed it with no further issues. There is a hight temp rubber gasket sealer available that should be used, sparingly, around the 4 (two each side) semicircle rubber lobes to help seal them.

I only add that information if someone should find themselves to be out of warranty and need the advice.
It's a very tight squeeze to get the valve cover under the cooling plumbing but apart from that it's relatively easy process.
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Hi , If it was my bike i would check the bolt tension it has a rubber gasket they might be loose
tighten the bolts & degrease it then.

Quick check before you take it back for warranty since no close dealers.
at least then you can still keep riding Just a thought.

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Just to add a common place for a leak to occur that mimics the valve cover gasket is the o-ring seals under the valve cover bolts. I had the same thing after the first service and ordered a new valve cover gasket for the next service (which I did myself). Turned out the leak wasn't coming from the gasket, but the valve cover bolt. I did replace the gasket, mainly because I had bought it and was there anyway doing a valve check. I did ride on it as usual until the next service~3000mi.
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Should you ride the bike to the dealer?
Low risk taking personality: Contact the dealer who will be doing the warranty work, describe the problem and follow their instructions.
Medium risk taking personality: Put the bike on it's rear stand. Run the bike through a heat cycle with the fairing off and inspect the volume of oil leaking. If it's only just weeping, ride the bike to the dealer.
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Hi , If it was my bike i would check the bolt tension it has a rubber gasket they might be loose
tighten the bolts & degrease it then.

Quick check before you take it back for warranty since no close dealers.
at least then you can still keep riding Just a thought.

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This is a good point. Note that the 8 bolts that hold the valve cover in place have a very low torque requirement - I believe it's only about 8 - 12 Nm and they have a specific order to be tightened in.
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Wink leaky bitch

yves;
somebody has already been in there......the clic-r clamps are gone!

i don't know what they'll say warranty wise....but somebody didn't do it by the book......

i don't use clic-r clamps, although i have the correct tool

me i'd pull the tank and air box .....and the valve cover, clean it and use a light coat of high temp silicone to seal the bolts and the cover

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