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Old 09-22-2018, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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Just got my bike! Few things I noticed and would like to ask you.

So, finally I picked one up yesterday!


I know, that HRC sticker is going out.


Mint condition, still on warranty until 04/2019, 4.400KMs on it, sold for 4.400 - Pretty sick deal isn't it? What do you think?


Few things I noticed that I'd like to ask:

One is the "reservoir coolant jug" beneath the bike. It was basically almost completely empty. It had just a tiny bit left in the "sag" part of it (see image, red line).

I rode it to the closest motorbike shop (not Honda Official or anything of the likes), and the guy told me "it was completely fine as the radiator was full and this jug was just the reservoir". But then again, why does it specify in the manual that the level of coolant should be between the marks if according to him it's unimportant? He added some and that was about it. I must say that I made about 70kms before that and the Temperature Light did not show up, and it was a T-Shirt hot day. I also haven't spotted any leaks around the engine or droplets in the floor overnight. Where specifically should I look for leaks and if leaking wouldn't be the issue, why the **** was the jug empty of coolant?



Another question I have is about the tires or most importantly the rear one. It seemed pretty square (flat in the middle) to me, at the very least very square for just 4.400KMs. What do you guys think?



because I also did not have greater confidence leaning at slow speeds than the confidence I had doing so with my old CBR125R. Could be the tire being too squared/flattened out?


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Old 09-22-2018, 01:22 PM
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The answer to both questions is don't worry so much.
Your rear tire is going to square. It's the nature of the 500. This amount of squaring at this point in the tire's life probably indicates the previous rider didn't keep the pressure up to specs. Run the life out of that tire. It'll be just fine. When you're ready for a new set, consider the Battlax BT-023. It has a more linear tip in and requires more deliberate input. That should give you more confidence leaning over. I personally prefer the sharp tip in of the stock Dunlop, but the Bridgestone is a better tire overall.

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@chzeckmate Noted. Cheers mate. What do you think on the price, considering dealerships let it go at 6.450€?

And by the way. Any actual clue on the coolant thing?
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@chzeckmate Noted. Cheers mate. What do you think on the price, considering dealerships let it go at 6.450?

And by the way. Any actual clue on the coolant thing?
You got a very fine deal. Congratulations! You're in for a real treat with that bike!
I personally wouldn't worry at all about the coolant. If your radiator is full, you have nothing to worry about.

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Old 09-22-2018, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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You got a very fine deal. Congratulations! You're in for a real treat with that bike!
I personally wouldn't worry at all about the coolant. If your radiator is full, you have nothing to worry about.

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Oh, misread you on your first message, apologies. Many thanks for that! I'll be reading you around for a long while
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My f model came new low like that. I just added some fluid to thetop line.
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Old 09-23-2018, 03:43 AM Thread Starter
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My f model came new low like that. I just added some fluid to thetop line.
Very interesting. Probably an overlook by the dealer? (usually they're kept without fluids while they're sitting in the dealerships). Brand new as in ordered a unit from factory, or maybe that was a neglibily used unit returned by somebody else or whatever?
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I guess I rather should worry

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I guess I rather should worry
What are we looking at here? My eyes aren't as good as they used to be.

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What are we looking at here? My eyes aren't as good as they used to be.

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Water pump (I reckon?) with that drippling liquid, a problem I've read about several times when I was informing myself about the bike, which I thought only affected the 2013-2015 model.

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