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Have a minor "fluid leak and dont know how to check the coolant

I just bought a honda shadow 19-84 5oo vt criuser. it has a minor fluid leak on the gasket on top of the head i suspect it is antifreeze but dont know how to check it. it is liquid cooled not oil cooled right? is there any free online pdf manuals for this bike. also bike runs middle of the heat guage at high way speeds and some times higher at slow speed low rpm operations, also bikes runs good till appx 60 mph then last 3/4 of throttle seem to make it bog down , relax the throttle a little and the bike responds with more power. I have changed out some leaky fuel lines . but the peacok valve leaks a little . i took off the bottom and there is a slight bur on the beveled metal face. can i T tape it? also what is supose to be top sped for this bike ? it seems a little slow for hi way driving. any help would be appreciated
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Dennis

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The 1984 Honda VT500 does have a liquid cooled engine. As for the fluid leak near the top of the cylinder head, it is most likely an engine oil leak coming from the valve cover gasket. Each valve cover uses a rubber gasket as well as rubber seals around each of the bolts that secure the cover to the head. Replacing these should cure the leak.

As for the temperature issue, anything within the white area of the temp gauge is considered normal. Just make sure that the radiator of full of coolant and the plastic coolant overflow bottle is filled to about the half-way mark. Use a 50/50 mix of coolant for aluminum block engines and distilled water.

The lack of power could be from plugged up carburetors (has the bike been sitting for a long period of time?). This bike also has a vacuum operated fuel petcock. Make sure the vacuum running to it is not cracked. Try smoothing the burr that you mentioned with some fine sandpaper - and by all means, make it fuel tight!

There is no published top speed for this Honda - but it should be able to reach about 90MPH on flat ground.

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