But it does have some deficiencies when compared to the modern "long life" ethylene glycol coolants. Tried it in my bikes for a while, Deteriorated and I went back to good old "Prestone" :later:Propylene Glycol is more kind than ethylene glycol for animals, domestic and wild. It is classified as low toxicity and environmentally friendly antifreeze.
Automobile engines and cooling systems use all the same materials as motorcycles. Your Honda brand long life coolant is the same thing as cars use, just has a nice label.Thanks.
I use Honda long life coolant in other engines so I'll just use that. Just that I've seen alot of chat in the bike press and online about using motorcycle specific coolant due to the variety of alloys used in bike engines, radiators etc.
Chain tension is equally important on ALL bikesThanks.
I know that chain tension is critical on MV's because of the rear hub, looks like someone over tightened it:surprise......
Hub disasters.....You've been saying that for a long while. I'm checking mine this week. Maybe this is a good moment to remind everyone why that is... as a PSA. :nerd2:
Is it just my experience or is it more of a problem on the early bikes? You can not get an oil filter cup on my oil filter at all with the headers still on (2000 750). I'm going to cut a section out to look like the factory tool. Whilst I think this is the most beautiful bike ever designed some of its mechanical deficiencies leave a bit to be desired. I don't have to remove my headers but I do have to unbolt them and wiggle them alittle to get access to the oil filter and then it leaks the remaining oil on to the header :laugh:. I haven't learnt my lesson with italians because my next road bike purchase will be a 916 after I pay off the houseThe chain has to be slack enough that it isn't under tension when the rear axle center, swing arm pivot and transmission drive shaft axis are in alignment (tightest point in the rear wheel arc of movement). The factory specifies adjustment slack to achieve that. DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN YOUR CHAIN.
Yes, you can remove the oil filter without removing the headers....but it is very tight. Some exhaust will not permit it, some will. Give it a try. I can on my 910R.
Coolant is coolant. Unless you want something extraordinary like Evans Coolant, or you are going to the track and coolant is not allowed (water only). Go to your local auto supply and buy a quality brand name "Long Life" coolant. Save your pennies.
They are all a formulation of Ethylene Glycol, even the over priced Motul or Eni and other motorcycle branded stuff.
I'm just trying out Engine Ice for the first time. What are the deficiencies you refer to?But it does have some deficiencies when compared to the modern "long life" ethylene glycol coolants. Tried it in my bikes for a while, Deteriorated and I went back to good old "Prestone" :later:
Is it just my experience or is it more of a problem on the early bikes? You can not get an oil filter cup on my oil filter at all with the headers still on (2000 750).
I'm just trying out Engine Ice for the first time. What are the deficiencies you refer to?
brutant;Did the oil and filter change, eventually! Officially the nastiest oil filter access I've ever encountered! I didn't want to touch the exhaust so I removed the oil cooler guard, slackened off the lower oil cooler mount so the cooler could be pulled forward, slackened off the filter safety retainer, put a worm drive hose clamp on the filter, then a socket to to fit the hex on the hose clamp and with the help of a 1/4 drive shaft driver the filter was loosened off in about 2 or 3 part turns. Very fiddly job cionthough! Especially working at floor level! Must get my bike lift over here!
I used Penrite MC 4ST 10W60 oil, and it has really improved the feel of the gearbox, finding neutral is now first time every time and it shifts much smoother under power.