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Gen3 engine coolant

Even though I've been riding for 30+ years, this is my first water-cooled bike. I know cars use a couple of different types of coolant nowadays that aren't interchangeable; no clue if motorcycles are the same. Any reason not to use this one on my 2015 V650? Thanks gang.
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<snip> ...this is my first water-cooled bike. I know cars use a couple of different types of coolant nowadays that aren't interchangeable; no clue if motorcycles are the same. Any reason not to use this one on my 2015 V650? Thanks gang.
https://www.revzilla.com/product/max...olanol-coolant
I use Kawasaki brand coolant, that way you a) know the stuff works, and b) no warranty issues.

You can get the stuff on fleaBay and other outlets, sorta reasonably priced, I chuck out the old and insert new every 2 years, ditto with all other fluids: brake, blinker, and whatever the hell else I can reach.

https://www.amazon.com/Kawasaki-Engi.../dp/B00QIX495A
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Even though I've been riding for 30+ years, this is my first water-cooled bike. I know cars use a couple of different types of coolant nowadays that aren't interchangeable; no clue if motorcycles are the same. Any reason not to use this one on my 2015 V650? Thanks gang.
https://www.revzilla.com/product/max...olanol-coolant
Go for it Doug! There's no valid reason for needing to purchase Kawasaki branded coolant.
Kawasaki, Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha, etc. do not fabricate coolant, oil, etc. They just stick their name on these items.

Note: As long as the coolant is made for aluminum radiators, you're all set.

FYI: I and numerous other Valkyrie and Goldwing owners have been using Prestone Dex-Cool coolant (Wallmart) on our bikes for the last 17 years. I will continue using it with my Versys.
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I use Kawasaki brand coolant, that way you a) know the stuff works, and b) no warranty issues.

You can get the stuff on fleaBay and other outlets, sorta reasonably priced, I chuck out the old and insert new every 2 years, ditto with all other fluids: brake, blinker, and whatever the hell else I can reach.

https://www.amazon.com/Kawasaki-Engi.../dp/B00QIX495A
Thanks for the tips. I've used a similar schedule with prior bikes. So this would be OK, too, then?

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Go for it Doug! There's no valid reason for needing to purchase Kawasaki branded coolant.
Kawasaki, Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha, etc. do not fabricate coolant, oil, etc. They just stick their name on these items.

Note: As long as the coolant is made for aluminum radiators, you're all set.

FYI: I and numerous other Valkyrie and Goldwing owners have been using Prestone Dex-Cool coolant (Wallmart) on our bikes for the last 17 years. I will continue using it with my Versys.
Thanks!
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Thanks for the tips. I've used a similar schedule with prior bikes. So this would be OK, too, then?
You got it!
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Thanks for the tips. I've used a similar schedule with prior bikes. So this would be OK, too, then?

I'd definitely use that stuff, I switched over to it and got 3x blinks/intersection better performance, and my headlights were so bright that oncoming drivers flashed me (headlights, not, um, anatomy)
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Nothing wrong with that stuff. As mentioned, as long as it's safe for aluminum, you're good. I switched to Engine Ice. It's a bit more environmentally friendly, since it has propylene glycol instead of ethylene glycol.
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I used the valvoline/zerex red coolant upon recommendation from some on here. It's the asian car formula that's silicate free. So far it's been just fine in mine. However mine also has long been out of warranty and if yours still is under warranty, I'm not sure if the dealership would have a fit and deny a claim if they saw red coolant in it.
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