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Dripping Coolant

I have noticed lately that every time I run my versys for a little while and then park it there is a slow drip of coolant coming out of one of the drain hoses. It happens when the bike is idling and when I shut the motor off. I have checked the coolant overflow and it is on the lower side of the middle of the two lines and everything else seems fine.... anyone know why this would happen??
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Have you topped up the coolant tank recently?
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No, I haven't because it showed as having the correct amount of fluid
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Some overflow if the engine is too hot.
Best to check the coolant level from time to time.
However, I trust it is just a few drops of the green coolant on the floor. Happens to me, too.

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How old is your bike, how many miles? When was the last time if ever, that the coolant system was maintained?

What color is your bike?
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What hose(s) is the coolant coming out of? It shouldn't be coming out the reservoir overflow when it is not full (I am assuming you are checking as this happens, not after the bike had a chance to cool down). If it's coming from the reservoir overflow, check the level as it happens. The first suspect is probably the radiator cap. It's either dirty (needs to be cleaned) or simply faulty (and needs to be replaced). If the cap is good, this would indicate that the bike is overheating, when idling, leading me to believe you have a problem with the thermostat or cooling fan.

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The bike is a 2008 with 5500 miles. Bits coming out of a house in a very small drip while the overflow tank is between the fill lines. I will take the radiator cap to be pressure tested as the dealership suggested that as well. Any other thoughts?
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The bike is a 2008 with 5500 miles. Bits coming out of a house in a very small drip while the overflow tank is between the fill lines. I will take the radiator cap to be pressure tested as the dealership suggested that as well. Any other thoughts?
Had this happen last week after doing 600 miles from PA to Chicago, IL. I hit major stop and go traffic with only 50 miles left and I could tell that the bike was getting way hot and when I parked it in the garage I noticed 2 drips from the coolant overflow hose.
Before my 1200 mile round trip I did have a small leak coming from the thermostat housing. Replaced the o-ring and the coolant.
By the way the Versys was a joy on my mini iron but ride. Stopped only for gas and eats and I never needed to downshift going up hills even with the sprocket mod. Got to give the bike a nice look over before riding again and I need the break.
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Bits coming out of a house in a very small drip while the overflow tank is between the fill lines
It is definitely dripping form teh overflow line? or is it dripping from the bottom of the water pump housing at the weep hole?
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Mine drips from the tube that comes off overflow tank. When I purchased the bike, I noticed that the coolant was above the full line on the tank. Since there is no valve and the tube is connected to the cap, I would assume that this is normal. I mentioned this to the dealer and they did not seem concerned about a couple of drops from the overflow tube.

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A few drips here and there from the overflow pipe should be alrite.

To check, I use a small torchlight. Place side of the coolant container.
Will be able to see the green coolant level easier. I normally do this at night . If level is low, using a plastic squirt water container to add on. No need to remove the V side cover.

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I've also had worries about this, and now Gustavo's post brought them back.

After having too much coolant in the reservoir, I took some out so it was level with the F line. But months later I still get a drop or two of coolant (from the overfill hose) on the ground after stop-and-go ride at 35℃ heat. None of it when temperatures drop a bit or after higher speed rides.
I'm pretty sure fan is working correctly, although with full face helmet and earplugs it's hard to hear it.

How does one check if thermostat is working properly?
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I had this problem once when I overfilled the reservoir tank. Now I have a black tape line to indicate the high line so I dont overfill the tank. On very hot ride I do sometimes get a few drips from the overflow hose but water level is still Ok.

If I remove the cowing for any work I will always check the cap and do normal cleaning.

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