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Can anyone help, I went to look at a 2001 ZX6r the other day and noticed that there was a white residue noticable through the oil sight glass. When I took the oil filler cap off there was also the same under this.

The owner said that it was due to the bike not having beenused for a while.

I thought it was due to water in the oil, possible head gasket problem.

Can anyone confirm or not the above.
 

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The previous owner was probably right. When the bike sits or is used for short trips in cold, damp weather moisture and unburnt gas collect in the oil and create that white goop. If you take it out for a 30 minute ride and let the oil warm up the gas and moisture will evaporate and the white goop will disappear.
 

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Swjohnsey is absolutely correct. What many riders don't know is that starting your bike during the colder months to charge the battery and circulate the oil will just increase the problem Swjohnsey mentioned. Every heating a cool-down cycle just adds more condensation. A good rule is "don't start it unless you’re going to ride it".
 
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