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    Running on idle for long time

    This may sound as strange as strange can be, but it did happen to me.
    On a cloudy afternoon, with not much to do, figured would start up the
    bike and let it run on idle for some 20 min. with the Hi beam on, to see
    how hot the new LED bulb that i just installed, will get. To make the story
    short, after a phone call i left home and completely forgot that the bike
    was left running...Came home about 5 hours later, and i freaked out,
    remembering that i just started up the bike before i left!! The engine was
    very hot, and was some oil under it, the battery drained, (new this
    spring!) almost out of gas, but still running. I have cleaned the oil under,
    charged the battery, and started the bike next day. All seams fine, with
    a little hesitation when accelerating. No warning lights on!!
    Am wondering if this situation did or could have cause some damage to
    the engine?
    It is a 2008 RT, with 16 000 miles.

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    Ooops!!!

    i would for sure look for the oil leak...pay particular attention to the sight glass area.....and change the oil/filter for good measure...
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    Quote Originally Posted by wyman.winn View Post
    Ooops!!!

    i would for sure look for the oil leak...pay particular attention to the sight glass area.....and change the oil/filter for good measure...
    The oil on the floor was what worried me the most. I think it came from the oil filter, as i never tighten it to specs.
    The area around the oil sight glass is dry, so that is a relief. Just changed the oil, and all seam to be good. Didn't have
    the nerve to go for a ride with the old oil, so tomorrow will try it out.

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    Dude...

    That is a long time for a non water cooled bike to sit idling, but you know that.

    Dunno,many an older Oilhead melted sight glasses or caught the lower fairing on fire along with a garage or two.
    Guess it could have been worse. The cat converter got really hot, I would think about tranny lube change as well,though the 1200's are not directly under the case as much as the 11xx models.
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    It will be interesting to see how this pans out long term. Good luck.


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    Change your oil now. It has been cooked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tinytrains View Post
    Change your oil now. It has been cooked.
    Oh yeah.
    Toast.

    Idling is a very low stress condition where the oil doesn't have to work very hard.
    Riding is another story.
    Sure would be a shame to destroy the engine that just survived that ordeal.
    Oil's cheap.
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    temesvar, I was going through my subscribed threads and came across this one, how did this ever turn out for you? I remember when I first read it, I thought ouch, this engine is toast. I hope it all worked out for you with no major expenses.

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    It might be interesting to save a sample of that oil and have it analyzed. It's condition might tell you what actually happened during that exercise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich View Post
    temesvar, I was going through my subscribed threads and came across this one, how did this ever turn out for you? I remember when I first read it, I thought ouch, this engine is toast. I hope it all worked out for you with no major expenses.
    Thankfully, nothing happened. I have changed the oil and filter, and had to tighten some bolts. Rest all seamed unharmed.
    This was last year. Have some 15k miles on since, bike runs like a charm. Had a nice trip cross USA, from East to West, no
    issues whatsoever. Thanks for asking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by temesvar View Post
    Thankfully, nothing happened. I have changed the oil and filter, and had to tighten some bolts. Rest all seamed unharmed.
    This was last year. Have some 15k miles on since, bike runs like a charm. Had a nice trip cross USA, from East to West, no
    issues whatsoever. Thanks for asking.
    Now that is impressive, to say the least. I'm glad to hear things worked to your benefit.

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    Nice! I think Iíll leave my wethead idling tomorrow at work and see what happens...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich View Post
    Now that is impressive, to say the least. I'm glad to hear things worked to your benefit.

    Impressive and glad to know one or two extra bars of oil temperature is a non event.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roamingbeemer View Post
    Impressive and glad to know one or two extra bars of oil temperature is a non event.
    Sometimes being stuck in traffic big cities (hate big cities!!) mid Summer, a few extra bars did come on, was a bit less worried since I have seen it at worst.
    I guess it's been "hardened", so to say, although am not sure if that is a good thing. But so far, all is good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by irish View Post
    Nice! I think Iíll leave my wethead idling tomorrow at work and see what happens...
    Being Irish, you will run out of gas in 1/2 hour!! Sorry, but I just had to throw this in...
    You do as you like. Many things could have gone wrong, and that is why I posted this, shortly after I got home,
    asking for what I can expect. But as time has proved it, I got away with this!

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