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Oil/air cooled?  how does the oil/air-cooled engine compare to a water cooled one. Maintenance, quality issues? Any guesses why Suzuki would leave this one as oil/air vs water-cooled on most of their other boulevard series? Thanks in advance.

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    Just got this bike. It was idleing and the temp gauge slowly went up...not into the red. the cooling fan kicked on, and as I rolled on, it cooled down. It's got 34,000 miles. What is the recommende coolant, how much of it, is it 50/50 mix with water or straight, & any other recommendations?

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The radiator would have cluttered this sleek bike and would have gotten away from the scheme of the bike. water cooling is definately a good thing, but is more expensive, and the price of this bike is very reasonable. a good oil cooler can drop the operating temp as much as 100 degrees over an air only bike. having said that, there is a multitude of bikes with thousands and thousands of trouble free miles that have neither. comes down to preference, and or geography.

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I presume when you carried out the 30,000 you replaced the cam belt? or is your engine Camchain?
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