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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-27-2009, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Sigh. Looks like another radiator leak?

Here we go again. Noticed coolant on the windscreen, triple clamp, etc. Fortunately, no signs of overheating and my coolant level is still pretty high....maybe too high.

I called Spectrum since I'm taking my bike in for service next week and told them I'm out of warranty and if it can be repair vs replaced. The service manager mentioned there's a place in Fontana that they've used for radiator repairs so that may be an alternative. If it works out, I'll let everyone know.

This was my fear when I couldn't extend my warranty last year. Missed it by two weeks. If this is going to be a continual problem, I'm going to need a new bike - with a warranty!
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The metal tubing appears to have corroded through and has porosity. Are those tears in the rubber? Time to replace those parts....make sure you rinse that coolant off of all PAINTED surfaces...it is corrosive to paint.
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Thats what mine looked like when the rad leaked. I got it repaired locally but it failed soon after. replaced under warrenty with a modified rad
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-28-2009, 08:15 AM
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i think youre radiator is leking but only when the engine is very hot,i main you had to lok on the radiator left side its e very litlle water (sorry pissing lek) i had this one time . INDY 500
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There are several places in the country that specialize in motorcycle radiator repair. Water cooled dirt bikes are the main stay of their business. You can imagine why. Automotive radiator shops are well experienced in fixing aluminum radiators, but don't always understand the strains put on motorcycle radiators. Do a google search of motorcycle radiator repairs to find an experienced shop. There's one in Utah that can perform miracles and has a guarantee on their work. Pretty reasonable prices, too.

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may not be a radiator leak. let the run sit and idle and get warm with fairings off and try to investigate. or better yet, run it pretty hard with no fairings and then look. a little investigating could save some money. you won't look silly, brutes do it every day.
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That's exactly what my radiator leak looked like. The good news is that I had bought the extended warranty and was able to use it -- Pro Italia installed a new radiator for me a few weeks ago that has some beefy mounting tab welds, much more solid than the original unit. So far, so good.
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There are several places in the country that specialize in motorcycle radiator repair. Water cooled dirt bikes are the main stay of their business. You can imagine why. Automotive radiator shops are well experienced in fixing aluminum radiators, but don't always understand the strains put on motorcycle radiators. Do a google search of motorcycle radiator repairs to find an experienced shop. There's one in Utah that can perform miracles and has a guarantee on their work. Pretty reasonable prices, too.
Thanks Ed. I did see the one in Utah:http://www.motorcycleradiators.com/

I'm also checking with a few local shops too.
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may not be a radiator leak. let the run sit and idle and get warm with fairings off and try to investigate. or better yet, run it pretty hard with no fairings and then look. a little investigating could save some money. you won't look silly, brutes do it every day.
Thanks Fred. I did take the left side fairing off yesterday when I got home and could feel little droplets of coolant hitting my face. I'm thinking it's a small crack or pin hole at this point since my temps haven't gone higher than normal and I still have coolant in the tank.

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That's exactly what my radiator leak looked like. The good news is that I had bought the extended warranty and was able to use it -- Pro Italia installed a new radiator for me a few weeks ago that has some beefy mounting tab welds, much more solid than the original unit. So far, so good.
Hi Gregg. I remember what you said when we met at Pro Italia a few weeks ago. From what I can see, I can see some trickling on the headers. When we met, it was really more of just a pool of fluid on the garage floor but since earlier this week , it's drips of coolant on different parts of the bike.

I did send and e-mail to Cagiva USA to see if they can help out, even though the bike is out of warranty and I had the original radiator replaced once before.
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