Step 9. Using the socket extension and the 10mm socket, remove the coolant
reservoir tank overflow cover.
This will expose the reservoir tank. Remove the reservoir tank cover, and then gently pull out and empty the tank. Do not disconnect the hoses, and when reinstalling make sure the hose is still connected.
Step 10. You may wish to take the bike off the centerstand and gently move it left to right to ensure all remaining coolant
is removed. In my humble opinion, as long as the coolant
changes are done on a regular schedule, there should be no need to remove every single last drop. If it has been too long between services you may wish to consider flushing the system with distilled water. I will not cover this procedure at this time.
Step 11. With the bike back on the centerstand, reinstall the reservoir tank and cover, the cylinder drain
plugs, the crankshaft drain
plug, and the radiator drain
plug. Leave the radiator cap off.
Step 12. Fill the reservoir tank to the "full" mark. Using a funnel, slowly begin filling the radiator filler neck with coolant
Step 13. Once full, turn your attention to the bleed screw. The manual suggests removing the fuel tank, and if you haven't done this or a similar procedure before I recommend the same for 2 reasons. First, removing the tank will give you a clearer picture of what you are doing and makes access to the bleeder screw easier. Second, removing the tank helps you understand more of how your bike functions, and that's always a good thing.
However, it is easy to access the bleeder screw without removing the tank.
Step 14. Open the bleeder screw slightly and using one hand on the open end wrench (I believe 10mm again!) and one hand filling the radiator with coolant
fill until coolant
begins running smoothly from the bleeder screw, at which point you should close the bleeder screw.
Step 14. Fill the radiator up to the radiator filler neck and reinstall the cap. Replace the steering cover.
Step 15. Check the system for leaks. Start the engine, warm it up and then shut it down. Check the coolant
level in the reservoir tank and fill if necessary.