2-24 PERIODIC MAINTENANCE
Coolant Level Inspection
Check the level when the engine is cold (room or ambi-
Check the coolant level in the reserve tank [A] with
the motorcycle held perpendicular (Do not use the side
If the coolant level is lower than the "L" level line [B], un-
screw the reserve tank cap and add coolant to the "F"
level line [C].
For refilling, add the specified mixture of coolant
and soft water.
Adding water alone dilutes the
coolant and degrades its anticorrosion properties.
The diluted coolant can attack the aluminum en-
gine parts. In an emergency, soft water alone can
be added. But the diluted coolant must be returned
to the correct mixture ratio within a few days.
If coolant must be added often or the reservoir tank
has run completely dry, there is probably leakage in
the cooling system. Check the system for leaks.
Coolant ruins painted surfaces. Immediately wash
away any coolant that spills on the frame, engine,
wheels or other painted parts.
Radiator Hose Damage and Installation Condition
The high pressure inside the radiator hose can cause
coolant to leak [A] or the hose to burst if the line is not
properly maintained. Visually inspect the hoses for signs
of deterioration. Squeeze the hoses. A hose should not
be hard and brittle, nor should it be soft or swollen.
Replace the hose if any fraying, cracks [B] or bulges [C]
Check that the hoses are securely connected and clamps
are tightened correctly.
Torque - Radiator Hose Clamp Screws: 2.0 N·m (0.20 kgf·m,