Really sorry about the length of this but needed to setup my issue...
I bought my Nomad back in July. It had almost 32000 miles. VERY well taken care of and extremely clean engine. Not clean like it was just cleaned as there was some dust in the engine compartment and thereís never been any evidence of a leak. I mention that as background for the rest the story.
Iíve put about 500 miles on it and it runs and rides great.
I did an oil change a few weeks back and put maybe 100 miles on it since.
I went to go for a ride the other day and checked my oil level in the site glass and there was NO oil in the site glass!!!
I was scratching my head because thereís been no leaks whatsoever on my floor or anywhere on the bike and it wasnít blowing smoke. So I let it back down onto kickstand, brought it back up and still no oil showing in window. I know it can be hard to see new oil in window so I watch as I tilt the bike and no oil. I was able to see it every other time I checked oil (about every other ride).
So now Iím freaking out at what could be going on, so I put about 1/2 a quart of oil in and then I could see the oil in window.
Started her up and let it run for a little while, shut it off, let it sit for a few, then checked the oil. It was above the window. So now I had to empty some out. Emptied some and rechecked, but still high!! Ugh, kept emptying and rechecking and by the time the level was right, I had taken out a little more than 1/2 a quart exactly where I started!!!
Seems like no harm no foul. Took it for a ride, runs great. Checked oil after the ride and it was still fine.
Been for a couple of rides since and no issues. Went out yesterday and started it up and let it run for a few minutes to warm up, then shut it off. I walk to the left side and saw about a tablespoon of oil on the floor right under kickstand.. It was very clean and light colored. The oil I drained out the other day was darker. So I think itís brake (clutch) fluid.
I thought I must have spilled some oil, but could see a few drops running down the frame. Wiped it clean, went for a ride and came home. Sure enough there was a little oil dripping from same spot. About a teaspoon dripped until it stopped.
Today, I pulled the left cover off and there was some oil on the inside of it and right below what looks to be the clutch slave? And some hints of oil around where hose goes into it.
I looked in every little crevis on an under the engine and I couldnít find ANY evidence of an oil leak OR clutch fluid leak. Started the bike back up, let it run for 10 minutes revving it up to about 2k every now and then as well as pulled clutch lever in and out a bunch and there is no leak anywhere. Not one single drop and the whole area is bone dry..
I was worried that I had over filled oil and that may have blown a seal, but I dont see any evidence of that either.
Iím baffled and have 2 questions.
1. What the heck could have caused oil to NOT show in the window? Is that a common thing?
And 2 any thoughts on the oil leak? It smells like brake fluid, but I canít be sure. It may be coincidence but Iím still worried about that oil thing.
If you made it this far, I really appreciate and thanks in advance!