Refilling radiator

Chris Burgess chris at
Tue Sep 29 12:23:18 PDT 2009

I personally like to pull the drain bolt and fill until I get fluid starting
to come out of that.  Then put the bolt back in and top off.

But the instructions simply say to sway the bike back and forth to bleed the
air out.


On Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 12:17 PM, Ernest Montague <afm199 at>wrote:

> fill it up to the brim of the radiator, dont worry about the water pump.
>  Start it and let it get to 180 when the thermostat opens, then add fluid if
> the level drops as it starts circulating in the block.  The water pump moves
> so little water at cranking rpm you might as well not bother.
> On Sep 29, 2009, at 11:52 AM, Thumper Ray wrote:
> I'm at work without access to my manuals.  Anything special about refilling
>> the radiator?  Rad had to come off and drained for repair.  I figure on
>> slowly pouring in a couple quarts of Hondaline brand mix, rotating the crank
>> a couple times with ignition off to turn water pump, and topping off,
>> repeat.  This should eliminate air bubbles although some air might bleed off
>> over the first few miles.  Sound reasonable?
>> By the way, what is the coolant capacity, and should the overflow tank be
>> empty before starting up?

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