Finding an oil leak, whether it comes from the engine,
transmission or rear drive, can be a pain in the a_ _.
Things like vibration, heat and air blowing past and around
your bike and over your engine can smear the oil all over
the place. These things make finding the source of the leak,
especially if it's small one very difficult.
The dealers and pro shops have access to leak detection
kits that use dye and a black light to find the leak but
that equipment isn't something we riders can easily get our
But, ever thought of using a spray can of deodorants? It
can make a very good leak finder.
This is what you
need to do.
First, clean off as much of the leaked oil and area as
Then, take your motor for for a ride, making sure it gets
good and warm.
Now, spray the suspected area of the leak with a powder-type
deodorant similar to a brand like "Arrid Extra Dry".....
something with white powder..
The deodorant will leave a chalky white, easily removed
coating on the surface, with the outline of the oil track
clearly revealed. A little detective work should lead you to
the source of the leak. The only trick is to make sure you
use a powder-type spray; You need the fine powder to follow
the oil trail...