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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-03-2012, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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on the right hand side of the bike sort of under the battery compartment but on the outside of the bike there is a small tank with a level of high and low. What is that tank for?

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that would be your coolant

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That would be your coolant reservoir. Top it of with a 50/50 mix if needed
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That would be your coolant reservoir. Top it of with a 50/50 mix if needed
Top it off with coolant that says on the bottle that it is for use in ALUMINUM engines. This is a good one. Make sure all your antifreeze in your engine is this type.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Super-Tech...e-Mix/16928010

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That would be your coolant reservoir. Top it of with a 50/50 mix if needed


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Yep, it's the coolant overflow reservoir, just like cars have. When the engine gets hot, the radiator cap opens and lest coolant into this tank. When the engine cools down again, a vacuum is created in the cooling system which again opens the radiator cap and lest the coolant back in. If you just bought the bike, you might want to change the coolant completely, and flush out the system with distilled water.

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Um, don't "top it off" when the bikes cold. You'll end up overfiowing coolant on the ground. Go for a ride and check it after the bike heats up. Just make sure the level then is between the full and low marks.

Am guessing you never had a water-cooled bike before?

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And I'd top it off, if needed, while it is on the center stand to get a good reading. Just like the oil, when on the side stand the site gauge won't indicate the correct level.
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Um, don't "top it off" when the bikes cold. You'll end up overfiowing coolant on the ground. Go for a ride and check it after the bike heats up. Just make sure the level then is between the full and low marks.

Am guessing you never had a water-cooled bike before?
Not agreeing or disagreeing but Ma Kaw has a special notice in the manual to check it cold.

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Just my opinion, but I think it is easier to read the level in the tank when using green coolant.

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