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Talking Help trailer /tow - ing to mechanic?

Hey all,
I've been gone (and haven't ridden) in quite a while. I need to take my bike to get fixed, but I don't have a trailer nor pickup to transport it. My radiator is draining directly into the crankcase (making the oil turn into the dreaded "chocolate milkshake"). I'm hoping that someone has the means and time to help me transport it from Lombard to a reputable dealership to get fixed. (my fear is, worst case, that the engine is cracked and needs replacing, and I don't have the means or skills to assess for that...)

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Hmm I don't believe I've seen that on an SV.

Check does the oil smell like gas?

Can you say if maybe the winter and condensation has just left you with a foggy sight window????

Drain the oil..... install something affordable(shell Rotella) and run the bike until it's good and hot then check oil sight window..If you like drain and fill with your choice of oil.


Subject to argument I like Shell Rotella.

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We are 55 miles from Lombard. If no one closer steps up, let me know and we can arrange something. When do you need to move it?
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You're all jumping the gun.

Drain the oil first, tell me how much and what it smells like.
One of the best ways to tell what's in there is to put some in a clear plastic bottle and let it sit for a day or two.Any real amount of water will be sitting at the bottom.

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I had the same thing when one of my engines froze over the winter.

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Hmm I don't believe I've seen that on an SV.

Check does the oil smell like gas?

Can you say if maybe the winter and condensation has just left you with a foggy sight window????

Drain the oil..... install something affordable(shell Rotella) and run the bike until it's good and hot then check oil sight window..If you like drain and fill with your choice of oil.


Subject to argument I like Shell Rotella.
Res: Thank you! However, I already did all that last year...
Early fall I changed the oil then rode it a few miles to a gas station for air in the tires and when I was there it started sputtering and stalling/dying. When I barely made it home, the radiator level seemed low, and the oil window was milkshake-colored. A few months later I completely drained the oil, put in fresh oil (I already know the SV likes Shell Rotella-T ), new filter, topped off the radiator with about "1/2 gallon" water (which I thought seemed like a lot). Then when I restarted it, almost immediately the oil sight window turned from a normal dark black/brown to a McDonald's chocolate shake color. Turned off the bike, looked at the radiator, and couldn't even see a level (which is nearly impossible if it's working properly) so I took my garden hose to fill it.... Almost immediately the oil sight window started filling up as I was putting more water in the radiator, and the radiator never did fill up at all (the oil level was not completely full prior to trying to re-fill the radiator)... Money hasn't been terribly abundant, so it's sat in the garage all winter, and I'm afraid that the engine is kaputt. Rather than spending a crapload of time/effort trying to DIY the thing with the real possibility that I need a new engine (which is not difficult to swap a 2nd gen into my 1st gen SV), I would rather take it to a reputable mechanic that has the proper tools & space to do everything at once...
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I had the same thing when one of my engines froze over the winter.

(See above)
I'm afraid my procrastination in getting it taken care of and getting the water outta there may mean that I need a totally new engine....
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You think it cracked a head or engine case?Did you leave just water in the motor over the winter???

Seems like a lot of water for a pump seal.

Once you find a new motor We will buy the old one .

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he doesnt know where its going yet, should donate it to gus/hopper and get a new one
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When do you need the bike transported?
Not in any hurry or anything... I have a flexible schedule as I work three 12-hour shifts per week, so I can work with whomever is willing to be a Transporter.

I've only kept in touch with a few people I rode with, but one that I trust suggested Motorcycle Mania Chicago on Milwaukee Ave....

Thanks G2G! So...you are talking about the spare-parts bin in my garage for $50, right?

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I have a trailer, but am pretty far from lombard. However I can probably help get it wherever if no one closer steps up.
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Not in any hurry or anything... I have a flexible schedule as I work three 12-hour shifts per week, so I can work with whomever is willing to be a Transporter.

I've only kept in touch with a few people I rode with, but one that I trust suggested Motorcycle Mania Chicago on Milwaukee Ave....

Thanks G2G! So...you are talking about the spare-parts bin in my garage for $50, right?
An SV is best suited for Resurrection , done more than a few .
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why don't you just rent a U-haul van for a few hours? Borrow someone's loading ramp to get the bike in. I did that when I broke my bike and didn't have the means.

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Gee I live in Chicago and on the NW side and I've never even heard of Motorcycle Mania. Let me know how that works out. I'd be interested in hearing a first hand account
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^ same here. I live maybe 10-15 minutes away.

Their website sucks but hopefully they are a good shop .
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John at Motorcycle Mania knows his stuff. I've been going there for years, he has always worked on all the ride chicago bikes. That being said, it's a small shop and he is generally swamped, an engine rebuild during his peak season (now) probably would take a while, but it's worth a call.
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geez, just get a used engine from ebail for $600 and be done with it. rebuilding your stuff will be waaaay more expensive.

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Gee I live in Chicago and on the NW side and I've never even heard of Motorcycle Mania. Let me know how that works out. I'd be interested in hearing a first hand account
+1 Been up and down Milwaukee a thousand times and never seen the place. Never heard of them until the post.
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+1 Been up and down Milwaukee a thousand times and never seen the place. Never heard of them until the post.
It's small and the only sign is in the window.
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isnt there a bike shop on ogden in Westmont, thats real close to lombard
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Thanks for the nice words guys but unless he can bring just the motor I'll have to pass.

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You can rent a pick up from Menards for like $30 for 70 minutes.
I've done that a couple times now since I sold my truck.
Really easy and if you're not going too far you won't be much over 2 hours. ($50?)

If you really need straps and a ramp, I can lend you mine.
But I think DeiselBoy is right, just buy a used motor and then sell yours to a shop.

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