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Never had a water cooled bike till this one (2008 910S) Just got finished washing the bike down...used a bike dryer to blow off any of the excess water...waited like 10 min and started the bike up...when the temp approached 170 degrees the front of the bike began to smoke (around the radiator) the norm for me is to let the bike warm up for aprox 4 min or till 190 degree since it only has 500miles on it...anyway I turned the bike off and looked for signs of electric fire ... did not see any but did not take apart the bike to really see in depth ... I then waited a few min ... started the bike up and then went for a ride...4 mile ride no smoke...also let idle for 5 min no smoke...I would suspect that this was water in the radiator fins or at the bottom of the radiator that boiled off? and I wonder if the boil off also boiled off any coating on any radiator or radiator parts or the fans...since the smoke looked like it came from that area>>>> Any thoughts beside the fact that I am a bit anal?
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large amounts of smoke or small amount?

To me it sounds like excess water that was not blown off, and was just heated up to steam...

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have it checked out.....a radiator that smokes will increase your insurance premiums...not to mention its proven to cause cancer.

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Hi guys,

Never had a water cooled bike till this one (2008 910S) Just got finished washing the bike down...used a bike dryer to blow off any of the excess water...waited like 10 min and started the bike up...when the temp approached 170 degrees the front of the bike began to smoke (around the radiator) the norm for me is to let the bike warm up for aprox 4 min or till 190 degree since it only has 500miles on it...anyway I turned the bike off and looked for signs of electric fire ... did not see any but did not take apart the bike to really see in depth ... I then waited a few min ... started the bike up and then went for a ride...4 mile ride no smoke...also let idle for 5 min no smoke...I would suspect that this was water in the radiator fins or at the bottom of the radiator that boiled off? and I wonder if the boil off also boiled off any coating on any radiator or radiator parts or the fans...since the smoke looked like it came from that area>>>> Any thoughts beside the fact that I am a bit anal?
99.9% chance it's just steam......mine does it every time I wash it

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If there was still water in the fins of the radiator, and the water heated up to steam...could there be damage to the rediator as a result of this "boil off" ?
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No, boiling water will not do any harm to Your radiator. Ever thought about that even a Brutale could and will be ridden in rain. Radiators are not made of sugar.
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