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Sorry for the dumb question.  The coolant reservoir on this bike is well-hidden and very opaque, so it is difficult to get a clear reading.  Of course I can see the level much better from down the fill hole.  Just wondering if you guys know of a better way to check the level, either judging from how full it is from the fill hole, or something else.  I don't know...

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OK, I don't have an 8th Gen, but if the fill cap is accessible, why not use a dipstick.... 2/3 full should be plenty and near max mark.  The proper way of course is to remove plastic.... while you have it off next time, take a red marker and mark the max and min marks?  Is the reason it's opaque from old dark fluid or the bottle needing a cleaning on the inside and out?

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If you shine a light down the fill neck it should easier to see the level.  If it's opaque due to the coolant contaminating the tank's plastic, maybe it's due for a flush and refill. 

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The 8gen is a bit of a PITA to check the coolant level in the reserve tank, as its virtually impossible to see it when looking through the tank side cover as suggested in the owners book.

So I remove the seat and the rubber reserve tank cap, give the bike a shake and make sure I can see coolant near the neck of the tank. You could also use some form of a dip stick I guess.

 

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the most accurate and reliable way to check coolant level is to look under the radiator cap on a cool engine. there are various reasons why the overflow bottle might NOT be a good indication of coolant level.

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4 hours ago, Magneto said:

Fill it up to the neck then extract the excess with syringe tipped with pre cut tygon tubing...

 

No takers, therefore visualized on my 1200

 

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I am able to use flashlight to illuminate coolant, if this is not possible cut piece of tygon to lenght  corresponding with max level with syringe resting against the neck and pull the excess out. Simple and positive verification...

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