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george
Guys have you noticed any weird smell at high rpm?
Something like burning plastic?
I smell something like that whenever i am at 8 - 10000 rpm..

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bmwpowere36m3
How long are you hanging at 8k+ rpm? Only at those RPMs? I've never noticed it... then again I'm at those RPMs for less than a couple secs at a time.

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george
Yes only at those rpms..
As you, i stay there only for couple of seconds..
I notice the smell only with my visor open, it is not very intense..
But it is there..

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ornery
Hah! Mine has never seen 10K! Maybe 8K only a couple times VERY briefly. But, I've had the smell during startup at about the 1,000 mile mark.  Also intermittently sitting at stoplights.  It burned 1/2 quart of oil between 600 and 1,800 miles.  It hasn't burned any to speak of since then, but I did catch a whiff a few weeks ago when parking it.  So, I'm assuming the smell is oil burning, and I'm pretty certain it is.  At one point at the 1,800 mile mark, I could actually see smoke coming out the exhaust, and stuck my nose right in it.  It was the same, rubber/ plastic burning smell.  I'm using a full synthetic, so it may smell different than petroleum oil when burning.
 
Only thing I've changed in my riding habits, is avoiding shifting into 5th at relatively low speeds.  Basically keep it humming around 4K when not accelerating.
 

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fz07fanboy
I never smell anything like that either. Even at that high of an RPM, I don't see how you could smell anything. Visor open or not. You would have to carry some type of speed where the wind current is going to be carrying it away. Maybe you were smelling something else from around the area? I frequent those RPMs all he time on acceleration but have never noticed a smell as the one you describe.
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george
Yeah it is quite difficult to notice..
But believe me it is there..
After searching i find out that many people say it is the catalyst converter, which smells at heavy pressure..
They are saying that it is normal..
I am not sure if this is the case here..

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Beemer
I've never met a smell that hurt me or my bike. It's probably normal as they say.

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tanner68
In the first couple thousand miles, my bike regularly produced various burning smells.

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gremlin
I just smell that sweet yamahaness

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jerryv
I always notice a smell like burning paper when I get home from work. It's noticeable because I park it in a 10 x 10 shed so it's a confined space.
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Guest Ralph
Surly you cant smell anything from the bike at those revs if you are moving even in
1st it would be moving to fast and the wind would blow any smell away, if your
holding it at those revs in neutral or stopped then the exhaust is going to get hot.
 

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yamahappy74
I noticed this awhile ago too, but never while riding. I just figured that after a spirited ride, the engine is hot, and that's what I'm smelling. Don't lose any sleep over it.

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jhn17843
If you have the stock exhaust, look on top of the muffler box under the bike. A lot of road debris and rubber will accumulate there and burn. I cleaned this off fairly regularly and got rid of any smells from the bike.
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jerryv
Come to think of it ... I think the smell is our money burning up on aftermarket add-ons!
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RobMoore
George, put your bike on the rear stand and hand spin the tire in neutral slowly. Do you feel any tight spots?

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