I'm at 10400 km. Looks like mine has a small coolant leak in the same spot as ryanemm.
Will be interesting to see how widespread this leaking head gasket issue is.
Here in NZ we get a 24 month unlimited mileage warranty with the bike from new so I'm expecting this will cover me should this problem develop.
Looks like a faulty base (bottom) cylinder gasket or a faulty O-ring surrounding that leak area. Totally separate incident from head gasket.well......im guessing the leaking fluid from the head gasket looked a bit like this......FML
time to see how the dealership treats me...….any tips?
My first reaction was to wipe it off but you can still see some in this image. I've also washed this area and haven't noticed any leak after about 75 km. I'll check it again tomorrow. Scratch that, took a closer look and it's definitely a very small leak.
I purchased the bike April 10. Initial break-in was to warm the bike up, do runs of hard acceleration and engine breaking scattered among normal riding, I didn't redline it. First ride was 10km, second was 25km, third was 70km, fourth was about 250km. I live in a valley, temperature was probably 5-10 C for the first week, it gets quite hot during july-sept. I used mineral oil API-SM for changes at 460km, 1995km, 4617km, and a synth API-SN at 8977km. Typical rides are 80km part highway part twisty back road, mostly 5000-10000 rpm.Go to the dealer to archive it.. So they wont be able to throw the responsibillity.
Would you please be able to tell me how you were doing your break in period, which oil did you use at the change, the climate you ride in usually and your typical rides? (High / low revs, mileage per ride) I am very curious...
That's a bummer for you. It does appear to be a small percentage that have had this problem compared to the KTM 390's for example. I think this is the second or the third (I haven't read back through this thread TBH) we've had on here.Here's the damage.
That's a bummer for you. It does appear to be a small percentage that have had this problem compared to the KTM 390's for example. I think this is the second or the third (I haven't read back through this thread TBH) we've had on here.
I hope you get good warranty work from Kawasaki and in a timely manner.