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I've got about 700 kms on the xsr now. Every single time I have come home from a ride, including the 1st time, there has been black spatter on my exhaust. I assumed at first that it was burning something out from inside as it was new. I just went on cleaning it off. Today while it was idling at start up I revved it and saw that it was an oily looking fluid spattering out of the pipe and there was also a bit of greyish smoke. I went to the dealer and the guy who sold me the bike took a picture and said he thinks it might be rust inhibitor or something. I am not sure about that at this point. It is definitely a sticky fluid that has a watery consistency but an oily look. The bike is also a bit more vibey than I expected and was right from the get go. I'm wondering if this would be in anyway related, but at the same time my chain appears pretty slack and it may have been from the start which could also cause the excessive vibrations. It will be in for its 1000km service next week and I know they will adjust the chain but I will definitely be letting them know about both potential 'issues'. Any extra information I can gather from you folks to arm myself with will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
 

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Well I was at the dealers today at a demo ride event and had the opportunity to inspect other bikes there which all had the same black crud on the exhausts. So it would seem that it is just condensation spitting out at start up. I suspected this already since I had wiped it off when warmed up and no more had come out by the time I got home yesterday. So it only spits out at startup when cold. I also had them adjust my chain tension which was way loose. So the bike is performing much better now. Oh. I tried out and XSR900 which was kind of fun. It had a ton of power. Very easy to get the front wheel off the ground. But I prefer a bike that has usable power and which you need to actually shift through the gears. I never got above 3rd gear on the demo ride and basically just stayed in that gear the whole time because I didn't need any others. I also found the seat less comfortable than ours but other than that it felt much the same. Take care!
 
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