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Hello riders, yesterday I went for a ride and got into some trouble with my baby:frown all of a sudden got the red light come on and I see the temp went up to 230 and was going up super fast, obviously I stopped immediately to see what the problem was and realized that the bike is leaking oil all over. Unfortunately it was night time and I couldn't figure out where the leak is coming from. Today I cleaned it out as far as I could to see if I can find where the leak is coming from and had no success. Oil change was done about a month ago, I did it myself and everything was working fine, I even went for long rides and had no issues until now. Just wondering what could it be? I'm thinking maybe some gasket got fried? I checked the drain plug and it is completely dry, as well as the oil filter. Maybe radiator got punctured or it has been blocked? at this point I'm running out of thoughts so I wanted to post here to see what you guys think it might be. The worst part is that I was supposed to go to the track tomorrow, but I guess thats not going to happen :( at least Im happy it happened the day before and that I didn't get hurt, got lucky because when I stopped my tires were all soaked in oil!! Anyway, any thoughts would be appreciated! Cheers and ride safe!
 

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Wow, that really sucks.
First and most important your OK. This could have been real bad, especially on the track. Not only for you but everyone behind you plus it would have most likely closed the track for at least one session.

Since you have no good trail back to the source my suggestion is baby powder or powder deordant everywhere you have oil. Would be trying to get a coating up under the bike. Be sure to start in front of your present mess.
Fill bike back up, note how much oil you lost and start bike while looking for source. Have a flash light and mirror handy.
I've got a free app for my phone, it's a magnifier and light app. Allows pictures to be taken also.

I would suggest getting some Dawn or Simple Green and give the bike a bath once you found the source. Get a garden spray bottle to reach the more difficult places with water and soap mix.
 

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The bright side you have a decent chance it's the oil filter. They have a KNOWN issue. Suggest OEM.
 

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Found what the problem is, it is actually the radiator, it got punctured one day before track day(my luck) anyway getting it fixed asap, called my local motorcycle dealer and they quoted me $900 for a new radiator!!!! So decided to just patch this one, idk if its a good idea, some people say its not good to do this for the long run, but works as a quick fix. Then again I called one radiator repair shop and they told me they cannot weld an aluminum Radiator so they will basically use the same quick steel epoxy or something similar that I would use..... :( :( :(
 

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How did you get oil to leak everywhere from a punctured radiator?? Since you said you cleaned it up yourself while trying to figure out the source, didn’t you realize that it wasn’t in fact oil, but coolant that had leaked? They are quite different. Also just buy one off eBay. I think I sold mine for like $30 or so.
 

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How did you get oil to leak everywhere from a punctured radiator?? Since you said you cleaned it up yourself while trying to figure out the source, didn’t you realize that it wasn’t in fact oil, but coolant that had leaked? They are quite different. Also just buy one off eBay. I think I sold mine for like $30 or so.
Yeah. Not to be an asshole, if you can't tell the difference between coolant and oil even in the dark you probably don't need to be doing any work on your bike. Doubly so after looking at it in the light.

Unless OP is talking about an oil cooler or something and NOT a regular coolant radiator.
 

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Same as said above, oil and coolant are VERY different and you should familiarise yourself. The feel, the smell and the look of them are very different.

I'm guessing you didn't have a rad guard installed?
 

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Track day organizations are typically sensitive about leaking bikes. Slapping a blob of goop on your rad will get their attention. OEM coolant is very slippery. Spilled on a track, you could cause others to crash. Bad juju.

Anything leaking is bad, at the track. You may not pass tech inspection as a result.
 

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Same as said above, oil and coolant are VERY different and you should familiarise yourself. The feel, the smell and the look of them are very different.

I'm guessing you didn't have a rad guard installed?
Yes, my mistake, I thought it was oil because it was very “oily” and for some reason my oil level was really low.
 

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Track day organizations are typically sensitive about leaking bikes. Slapping a blob of goop on your rad will get their attention. OEM coolant is very slippery. Spilled on a track, you could cause others to crash. Bad juju.

Anything leaking is bad, at the track. You may not pass tech inspection as a result.
Yes I know they are. Just gonna stay positive and see what happens at the track. Going without the radiator installed, gonna see if someone will help me out to get that thing back on. And if I’m lucky I’ll get a few sessions.
 

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? ah what
Going without the radiator installed,
I'm now very, very confused.
The bike will run a couple minutes before overheating without a radiator.

If your going to go with a repaired radiator. DO NOT USE ANY COOLANT OTHER THAN WATER.
All coolants including ENGINE ICE HI-PERFORMANCE COOLANT are a mother to get off the track, took 3 sessions that all groups lost last time a person blew it all over the track.
 

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Thanks for the link for the coolant definitely getting it. So what I ended up doing is taking the bike without the radiator to the track hoping that someone will give me a hand installing it there, which I was lucky to get a guy do it for me, he didn't want to charge me anything but i still gave him $50 :p everything worked out fine, even though I missed a couple of sessions, but unfortunately after all the work under the sun I was really exhausted and wasn't feeling it, I ran the bike naked cuz i didn't wanna lose more time installing all the fairings but was kinda skeptical about going balls to the wall at the track because even though I cleaned everything out good I was still paranoid about having some coolant left in my tires from the incident that happened, and also was worrying about the patch that I did on my radiator since people told me its not gonna hold, but then again it was a really small hole. Now im deciding if I should get another radiator or just keep it the way it is with the patch, the ones I saw on eBay weren't that good, my radiator is in perfect condition except that small hole that I covered up, don't wanna install another used one :/ recapping all what happened, I should've left the bike at the garage until everything was 100% and not going to the track, but I was waiting for track day for like two month thats why I was desperate to get there xD lesson learned, luckily nothing really bad happened. all because of a small ride a day before track day smh... Not going on the street like a week before track day now!! cheers!!
 

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Thanks for the link for the coolant definitely getting it. So what I ended up doing is taking the bike without the radiator to the track hoping that someone will give me a hand installing it there, which I was lucky to get a guy do it for me, he didn't want to charge me anything but i still gave him $50 :p everything worked out fine, even though I missed a couple of sessions, but unfortunately after all the work under the sun I was really exhausted and wasn't feeling it, I ran the bike naked cuz i didn't wanna lose more time installing all the fairings but was kinda skeptical about going balls to the wall at the track because even though I cleaned everything out good I was still paranoid about having some coolant left in my tires from the incident that happened, and also was worrying about the patch that I did on my radiator since people told me its not gonna hold, but then again it was a really small hole. Now im deciding if I should get another radiator or just keep it the way it is with the patch, the ones I saw on eBay weren't that good, my radiator is in perfect condition except that small hole that I covered up, don't wanna install another used one :/ recapping all what happened, I should've left the bike at the garage until everything was 100% and not going to the track, but I was waiting for track day for like two month thats why I was desperate to get there xD lesson learned, luckily nothing really bad happened. all because of a small ride a day before track day smh... Not going on the street like a week before track day now!! cheers!!
NOTE: I have a history on this board as being fair-minded, reasonable, quite forgiving, and generally informed on both matters of science and mechanics. But this thread, is one I find to be rather fraught with inane statements, and chronic revisionist confessions.

If the Admin. wishes to pull my post I have no issues with him.

Dude, your Band Aide approach to a holed radiator is nothing short of alarming!

All of us here who have participated in track days/racing can emphatically understand your excitement about getting on the track.

Not only is the coolant super slippery, it is under extreme heat & extreme pressure. The pressure of a gas is directly proportional to the temp in a closed system. Meaning for every ft/yd you travel you are exponentially putting not only yourself in jeopardy, but those of every single other rider on the track.

You are taking unauthorized risks with other people's safety and destruction of their property. When it all goes tits-up (and I guarantee it will) after the goober you slapped on your radiator pops like a zit, quite probably every rider behind you will hit the tarmac. The result: ruined bikes, ruined gear, and potentially long term medical issues. Why? All because you thought of only your personal joy, and didn't give a Flying F_ck about anyone else.

And that, sir, is no Dilly-dilly moment.

If you cannot afford to maintain your equipment, you really cannot afford to ride. Simple as that!
 

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Exactly what ZedEx said! When I made my first comment here, I was tired and didn't pay much attention to the whole post, not realizing you're talking about going to a track day like this. I'm gonna say you got lucky now, but DO NOT continue with that shit on the bike. Get another radiator asap. If I was running tech or the track day where you went or where you want to go in the future I would not let you out on track. I've seen too many busted up bikes, people injured, and time/money lost on track sessions because someone was sloppy in their work or made a bad decision like this thinking "it'll hold". I've seen people spill oil or coolant on a track and they ended up being ok, but then a few other people crashed as a result of that of no fault of their own. I would be furious if I crashed on your coolant!
 

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? ah what I'm now very, very confused.
The bike will run a couple minutes before overheating without a radiator.

If your going to go with a repaired radiator. DO NOT USE ANY COOLANT OTHER THAN WATER.

All coolants including ENGINE ICE HI-PERFORMANCE COOLANT are a mother to get off the track, took 3 sessions that all groups lost last time a person blew it all over the track.
Please note the text I increased in size. Yes if your going to do track days use Engine Ice.

If your going to go with a repaired radiator. USE WATER ONLY
 

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Thanks for the link for the coolant definitely getting it. So what I ended up doing is taking the bike without the radiator to the track hoping that someone will give me a hand installing it there, which I was lucky to get a guy do it for me, he didn't want to charge me anything but i still gave him $50 <img src="http://zx6r.com/images/smilies/T.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Razz" class="inlineimg" /> everything worked out fine, even though I missed a couple of sessions, but unfortunately after all the work under the sun I was really exhausted and wasn't feeling it, I ran the bike naked cuz i didn't wanna lose more time installing all the fairings but was kinda skeptical about going balls to the wall at the track because even though I cleaned everything out good I was still paranoid about having some coolant left in my tires from the incident that happened, and also was worrying about the patch that I did on my radiator since people told me its not gonna hold, but then again it was a really small hole. Now im deciding if I should get another radiator or just keep it the way it is with the patch, the ones I saw on eBay weren't that good, my radiator is in perfect condition except that small hole that I covered up, don't wanna install another used one ? recapping all what happened, I should've left the bike at the garage until everything was 100% and not going to the track, but I was waiting for track day for like two month thats why I was desperate to get there xD lesson learned, luckily nothing really bad happened. all because of a small ride a day before track day smh... Not going on the street like a week before track day now!! cheers!!
NOTE: I have a history on this board as being fair-minded, reasonable, quite forgiving, and generally informed on both matters of science and mechanics. But this thread, is one I find to be rather fraught with inane statements, and chronic revisionist confessions.

If the Admin. wishes to pull my post I have no issues with him.

Dude, your Band Aide approach to a holed radiator is nothing short of alarming!

All of us here who have participated in track days/racing can emphatically understand your excitement about getting on the track.

Not only is the coolant super slippery, it is under extreme heat & extreme pressure. The pressure of a gas is directly proportional to the temp in a closed system. Meaning for every ft/yd you travel you are exponentially putting not only yourself in jeopardy, but those of every single other rider on the track.

You are taking unauthorized risks with other people's safety and destruction of their property. When it all goes tits-up (and I guarantee it will) after the goober you slapped on your radiator pops like a zit, quite probably every rider behind you will hit the tarmac. The result: ruined bikes, ruined gear, and potentially long term medical issues. Why? All because you thought of only your personal joy, and didn't give a Flying F_ck about anyone else.

And that, sir, is no Dilly-dilly moment.

If you cannot afford to maintain your equipment, you really cannot afford to ride. Simple as that!
I did use water obviously at the track because I wasn’t sure how well it’s gonna hold...
 
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