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Was the coolant near the small chromed pipe that connects the right side cover to the crank case? If so, an O ring may have let go. There are 2 per pipe end, not just one.
As far a coolant in the oil, it could be several things. From worst to best case scenario:
1: Blown head gasket-requires engine pull and about $100 in parts if only one jug double if both. You would probably want to get the heads checked for warps if it is the head gasket.
2. Leaking head gasket- not quite as bad as fully blown but close. Either way it requires and engine pull and the same parts.
3. There is another paper gasket between the cylinder and crankcase that could be the problem. Cost is slightly more than replacing just the head gasket as both the paper and head gasket will need to be replaced but at least assumption can be made that the heads are not warped.
4. The mechanical seal that separates the oil pump from the water pump has failed. This would only require the right engine cover to be removed which can be done without pulling the engine. The seal is about $25 or so plus shipping if ordered plus the cost of replacement O rings and the right side cover gasket. Remember what I said about the paired O rings on the connector pipe?? At least one set will have to be replaced. The Kaw manual has a better write up of how to replace the seal than the Clymer's IMO but as usual YMMV.
Hope it's the seal.
93 VN 750 "Ursula"
Moved R/R 08Sep06
R/R rewire 17Feb07
New R/R, Installed 14Jun08
New Stator installed 10 Jun08
Maintenance Free Battery 12Jan08