don't go scaring people!worse a leak from the cylinder into the water jacket
In this case, worry only when you won't have enough coolant left, until then, I'm pretty sure it's the bike dumping what's not necessary..Mulcibre said:It seems I did overfill the coolant a bit when I changed it last, that can't be helping the issue.
There is enough coolant, more than enough actually, and it was quite easy to get the bike warmed up in this Los Angeles weather!
had this happen with my truck, it had stopped running so I was checking everything and for some reason I decided to take the cap off to see If I had coolant. Got a fully spray into the face from ice cold coolant. I was so glad that the motor hadnt warmed up even though it was about 10 miles in a drive. Couldn't get it running again so I had to walk 10 miles back home just to call poison control center.Mulcibre said:I mean, if the bike's hot, or even warm, its a bad idea... faceful of green poisonous lovin'!
Mulcibre said:On the subject of coolant, does the system bleed air out on its own, or does it need help?
Also, what do you mean to not ever take the radiator cap off?
The coolant systen depends on a vacum to maintain a completly full engin and radiator, The "catch bottle " is not that at all but and expansion tank. when the system is operating correctlly when cold there is a large space in the bottle. (the low line) this allows room for the expansion of the coolant when it's heated. If you open the radiator cap at any time you disturb the system level, and it will take some topping up and several hot /cold cycles to stablize. add coolant only through thew expansion tank cap.
I mean, if the bike's hot, or even warm, its a bad idea... faceful of green poisonous lovin'!
That's not the reason