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Need to check rad fluid. how do I acsess it? The bike has been stored for 2 years and i just replaced spark plugs,gas,oil,but not sure about the rad. thanks in advance for any words of wisdom you could pass on to me.

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We need the make and model of the bike dude. most models though have the fill right behind the triple tree. remove the two covers at the triple tree connection and there should be a fill right there on the right hand side of the bike.

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