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wolf918 wolf918
1/19/2020 7:02 AM

Was I the only one wondering if his bike was gonna make the whole main with it smoking 5min in? If he’s getting the clutch that hot then why doesn’t kawi put the outdoor oil cooler on it. As a Kawasaki fan, it’s not a good look!

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downard254 downard254
1/19/2020 7:12 AM

I was wondering the same thing. First time I thought I saw smoke, it appeared to be a smudge on a camera lens, then a little later I could have swore I saw smoke a couple more times. Let’s just say the term “mechanical dnf” had popped into my mind at one point.

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Racer111 Racer111
1/19/2020 7:15 AM

I only saw smoke from the exhaust. I chalked that up to cooler evening temps. I never saw smoke from the gearbox.

“Let the Good Times Roll”

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kb228 kb228
1/19/2020 7:18 AM

It smokes because of how hard he is on the clutch

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downard254 downard254
1/19/2020 7:18 AM
Racer111 wrote:

I only saw smoke from the ...more

Now that I think about it, when I thought I saw smoke, it was the right hand side of the engine. Quite possible he was heating up just a tad and the cooling system spit a little coolant into the exhaust.

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280driver 280driver
1/19/2020 7:19 AM

Bike looked awesome to me.

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DB97 DB97
1/19/2020 7:40 AM

Definitely breather hose. I noticed it on a picture from last weekend too. Doesn't seem to matter.Photo

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TDeath21 TDeath21
1/19/2020 7:44 AM

I think most bikes would shudder at the speed he was going. That’s one of the more impressive rides I’ve ever seen. All the contenders started ahead of him and he flew through the pack, gaining nearly two seconds per lap, and passed everyone 8 minutes into the race after starting 15th. Truly incredible what he can do when he’s on.

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eric513anderson eric513anderson
1/19/2020 7:46 AM

Crank case vent

2011 Yamaha YZ 250 -MX
1996 Yamaha Banshee 350 -Trails
1982 Chevy S10
2005 Pontiac GTO -451rwhp

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Goofy Foot Goofy Foot
1/19/2020 7:53 AM

Eli smoked everyone...

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280driver 280driver
1/19/2020 8:00 AM

Maybe everyone’s bike should smoke like Eli’s. 😬

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ga_pike ga_pike
1/19/2020 8:14 AM

Hasn't his bike smoked like this for a few years? Seems to always make it. I'll trust the experts at Kawi on this one.

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wolf918 wolf918
1/19/2020 8:18 AM
ga_pike wrote:

Hasn't his bike smoked ...more

I just thought they would be a little more pro active about it. There was quite a bit of smoke came out of the vent at the podium until he shut it off I thought. The only guy that can push the limits of a factory engine and still want more since RC.

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lawson34 lawson34
1/19/2020 8:22 AM

It does it every weekend, I've seen it way worse evidently it's not a problem, RC made a big deal out of last season but I guess it's the new normal nobody says a thing about it now

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RoflCopter726 RoflCopter726
1/19/2020 1:46 PM

I noticed it in certain angles on multiple bikes last week at St. Louis when they did the two doubles across the start lane.

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Crush Crush
1/19/2020 3:57 PM

Hi Kawi has always done that it seems.

Probably what happens when you ride the shit out of a bike all the time haha.

Cheers, Crush
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mb60 mb60
1/19/2020 3:59 PM

I have noticed the same on the bikes since the Des Nations in 2018.

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Brad Company Brad Company
1/19/2020 4:05 PM

Relax, that's just what happens in beast mode.

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kkawboy14 kkawboy14
1/19/2020 4:57 PM

Most of what you were seeing wasn’t smoke, there was some serious dust because his wheel was spinning

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teamddr teamddr
1/19/2020 5:16 PM

Theres no smoke without Eli

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crowe176 crowe176
1/19/2020 5:16 PM
Brad Company wrote:

Relax, that's just what ...more

Literally.. Everytime he won last season, his bike was smoking.

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WowWowWubzy WowWowWubzy
1/19/2020 8:03 PM

Overheated Fetzer valve....

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GuyB GuyB
1/19/2020 9:58 PM
kb228 wrote:

It smokes because of how ...more

Yep. From about the midpoint of the race, you could smell it pretty strongly trackside, and yeah, there was some smoke from the breather. Talking with Eli afterwards, he said that with the whoop sections, corner, and then the dragonback before the finish line, there was a lot of clutch use in that area.

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Timo_2824 Timo_2824
1/20/2020 4:23 AM

Since going to a hydraulic clutch it seems to be the new normal for his bikes. I'm thinking this was his main issue on the bike last year and why at some rounds he lost speed at the end of the race, he basically burned up a clutch in a 20 minute main. When your clutch is auto adjusting you don't know it's gone until it's too late.

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nascarnate326 nascarnate326
1/20/2020 4:32 AM

Makes you wonder how many clutches he goes through during the week?

Was Adams bike smoking?

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DPR250R DPR250R
1/20/2020 10:26 AM
GuyB wrote:

Yep. From about the ...more

Would he have any sense of how much life is left before it starts to slip or gives out?

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AH387 AH387
1/20/2020 10:47 AM

I feel like this has been a thing since he's been on the 19 (like @mb60 said at the MXON.) It seems like it comes out of the breather and prob just the clutch heating up. Some races it seems worse than others. I guess it is no big deal but when I see it, my mind starts thinking if the bike is going to hold up lol.

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-MAVERICK- -MAVERICK-
1/20/2020 10:54 AM
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"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

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DPR250R DPR250R
1/20/2020 10:58 AM
-MAVERICK- wrote:

How can you be comfortable ripping like he does with a bike smokin like that... smh... crazy!

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AH387 AH387
1/20/2020 11:02 AM
DPR250R wrote:

How can you be comfortable ...more

Lol I agree. Crazy. Nice find Maverick.

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