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Old Oct 22nd 2017, 01:46 PM   #1
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1299 Coolant Level Window Seems to be Useless

I've been riding my 2016 1299 for 6000 miles and I decided to check the coolant level. I really wasn't worried about it but I thought I'd check. I looked at the coolant window and didn't see anything. So I thought, "I'd better put more coolant in quick". I removed the right side fairing and attached a small hose to a funnel to get the coolant into the tight space above the filler cap. I put a little coolant in and it came out the overflow tube. So I stuck a tube in and started to drain water from the reservoir. I constantly looked at the window as I was draining the coolant and didn't see any indication in the window. I drained the entire reservoir and saw no change in the site window. Finally, I filled the reservoir and used a zip tie as a dip stick to judge the coolant level.

I expect to see coolant level in the site window, but I never did. Is there a float that is supposed to indicate the level, and maybe it's stuck? Or is the site window just too opaque to show coolant level?
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Supposably able to view coolant level with a black light.
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The zip tie was a good way to check the level, but the best way to actually see it is to put a light source (flexible tip led flash light) in thru the top, and you'll be able to see the level more clearly thru the sight window
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The zip tie was a good way to check the level, but the best way to actually see it is to put a light source (flexible tip led flash light) in thru the top, and you'll be able to see the level more clearly thru the sight window
+1 on that, I used to hold a flashlight up against the tank, below the level of the coolant and shake the bike. Then I could see where the level was at.
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Pull off the feed pipe to the rad from the tank, lower it down to the side of the tank and there is the level when coolant comes out of the pipe, its 100% you know the exact level, easiest way.
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This is the same for the 1199 models too. I assume that the 959 and 898 have the same radiator reservoir as well.

Maybe we can apply a “maintenance LED light” on the cap that we can turn on/off manually that will illuninate the inside of the reservoir. A float would be good also, but might be too much, and it can fail or give you an inaccurate reading as well. RD16RR says the same thing above.

Hopefully someone has has done something about this and can elaborate with the solution with photos etc.
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1299 Coolant Level Window Seems to be Useless

Originally Posted by BadBoyBeltran View Post
This is the same for the 1199 models too. I assume that the 959 and 898 have the same radiator reservoir as well.

Maybe we can apply a “maintenance LED light” on the cap that we can turn on/off manually that will illuninate the inside of the reservoir. A float would be good also, but might be too much, and it can fail or give you an inaccurate reading as well. RD16RR says the same thing above.

Hopefully someone has has done something about this and can elaborate with the solution with photos etc.


I used a zip tie while replacing my anti freeze and SAMCO hoses. The bike was all apart so made it easier. I filled it to the correct level than did a few heating cycles to let it cooled down squeeze a few hoses to pull the air bubbles out than use a Zip tie finding the correct level with the tip of it than added 1" and bent it right at the top of the fluid reservoir. Painted both sides at the bottom of the Zip tie with yellow paint.

3 levels (High level -Correct level and Low level) . Now I dip the zip tie inside to where it was bent also has a yellow mark at the 90° where it seat at the top of the reservoir. The fluid reads at half of the painted area. Call it primitive but it works.

I can do this every time Just by removing the right side Fairing.

Better than looking thorough the back with a flash light.

guessing.


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Supposably able to view coolant level with a black light.
That is interesting. I checked it out on the internet, and it's commonly known that antifreeze glows under black light. I'll see if I can find a cheap black light pen.
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Originally Posted by Stephen6 View Post
That is interesting. I checked it out on the internet, and it's commonly known that antifreeze glows under black light. I'll see if I can find a cheap black light pen.


Yeah but when you replace it for Water wetter is even hard to see. It's like a plain water.


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Originally Posted by RD16RR View Post
The zip tie was a good way to check the level, but the best way to actually see it is to put a light source (flexible tip led flash light) in thru the top, and you'll be able to see the level more clearly thru the sight window
That's a good idea. I don't have a flexible tip LED light right now, but it would come in handy for a lot of things. I'll get one.
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