My 04 only had 700 miles on it when I bought it before christmas and I've only managed another 200 miles. Today took it for about a 20 minute blast over to a friends house, mostly freeway, but some in town when I got near his house. Outside temp only in the 40's. I noticed that coolant had leaked out of a lower fairing vent on the right side (under the water pump area). When I got home I removed the fairing and it looks like the gasket leaked a little bit. After doing a search it seems that the water pump seals were a problem on the pre-04 bikes. Is there a problem on the new RSVR's too? Or could it be coming from somewhere else?
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Re: Leaking Coolan
The water pump seals on the pre 04 bikes was to do with oil leaking believe it or not, rather than coolant, i'd check the hose clips and make sure the bottle isn't too full, or bleed the system, let it cool down and check the level under the main cap, may have been an air lock? just guessin'
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The problem is the the air breathers inside the rocker covers. Sad to say,but nearly all of them do this. One solution is to take off the air filter cover. There should be two bolts..(one on each side of the inside of the housing) that SHOULD have hoses hooked to them. If they do not have the hoses hooked to them,then that is your problem. See,these bolts are hollow,and have a nipple on the ends of them. These allow the top end to "breathe",a crankcase pressure relief if you will.Anyway,..these nipples are SUPPOSED to have a small hose on each of them,that re-direct the oil/crankcase pressure, into the carb/throttle body,which eliminates the oil running into your air filter housing.Check to make sure they are in fact there,and let me know what you find.
Howdy, I'm not specifically familiar with that machine, If its pre mix oil/fuel 2 cycle then re-check the amount of oil to fuel, if necessary, use a small amount more oil.... a really small amount more.... as to not oil soak the spark plug, you may also need to check the solid state ignition parts, also make sure they are clean of dirt, and have unblocked ventilation, keeping the ignition modual cool is its long life.....
Don't believe all that you read. I've seen stuff posted on some of these forums that are way on the rediculous side. If you have concerns, call Harley's Customer Service department and ask if there was a recall on anything on your bike. Have the full frame VIN number handy. I haven't heard anything about the inner primary mainshaft bearing failing or anything about a recall on that part. Usually, if you have a problem in that area, its the seal starts leaking but that's due to normal wear but I've seen bikes with 75,000 miles on them with no leaks, no bearing failures. That's basically "luck of the draw". If there is a recall on anything on the bike, and a search of the VIN number does not show that the service has already been done, Harley will pay for it. If there is no recall, Harley will NOT pay for it.
That depends on which gasket is leaking. If it's just a rocker box gasket, it's just a minor problem and if you fix it yourself, the total costs is less than $20. If it's a head gasket, the cost is a bit more and you'll probably want to have that done in a shop, I'm estimating cost about about $200-$250. As far as I know, there were no recalls. The rocker box gasket leaking is more common than the head gasket leakage but neither are what I call major expenses. If the head gasket is leaking, if you rev the engine just a bit when it's cold, sometimes it will pop and you can see fire jump from beneath the head. More than likely, it's just a rocker box gasket leaking.
you better chain it soon! my friend has the same bike with about same mileage as mine and now it dont sound good, i think he slipped a tooth...it idles like ****. I went to a local dealer of mine and got his opinion about the sound and he said those are notorious for going bad... so i bought a Stock used one from a salvage place for $40 and installing only took 1/2 hour. when i inspected the oil one... it was wobbly and leaking oil bad when i compressed it, and it was chewed up on one side from 40K miles of hard riding. If you by an after market adjustable one.... i"ve read that you better know what your doing or it could cause damge if its not adjusted correctly. good luck. can i get a feed back thanks!
start looking for gas at 90 miles. REALLY be looking for gas at 100 mi.
200/250 miles is no problem. 300+ to 400 will have you feeling like you've ridden a horse as there's no wind protection. the bikini fairing is only marginally protective but it looks the ****.
service intervals on the 07's are 7,500 miles for valve inspection (not necessarily adjustments..), & belts are 2 yrs / 12,000 miles. my belts are due for replacement this summer with approximately 10,000 miles in 24 mos.