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Add coolant to existing coolant?

So my friend has motorcycle experience and has a new great job and has been drooling over my V since the day I got her. He's debating between a V-strom and a Versys, so I took him up to an abandoned shopping mall last Friday to let him take my bike for a spin around the parking lot. I have NO IDEA what he was thinking, I guess he's been reading articles talking about the V-Strom having more power, he must have thought the Versys was slow or something. No idea.

He basically throttled up to ~30-40%, then dumped the clutch. He almooooost caught it, grabbed the clutch, but also grabbed a hand full of first gear. It threw him off in extremely slow motion, not before dislocating his wrist on the clutch hand because he wasn't about to let go of that clutch.

Seriously, wrecked at like 4mph. I lol'd at him. He was super embarrassed, apologetic, etc. I picked it up and checked it over, a few small scraches here and there but nothing of real importance, didn't even crack the turn signal.

After it was back up and I was checking HIM out, I noticed fluid on the ground, and then sniffed it to realize it was coolant where it had come out of the overflow line. It's not drastically low, but when it only holds like 1.4Q, losing a cup or so is significant, it also smelled a smidge hot when I got it home.

Anyway, I'm seeing that just about any of the toyota-like coolants will do fine to top it off, I'm just wondering if it's OK to add that directly to what's there, given that it's obviously different, or do I need to drain and refill?

Sorry for the long-ish post, I thought you'd have a giggle at my friends expense. We actually spent the next day kayak fishing for smallmouth bass, so I got to spend the day ribbing him about his sore wrist.
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How long ago have you replaced your coolant? I had put off doing it for way to long thinking it was a difficult job (based on some prior bikes). I finally did it this summer in 30 mins. Use it as a excuse to do the maintenance.

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UNLESS it's overdue to be changed - just add as necessary.

Show your "buddy" the August issue of MOTORCYCLIST where they did a comparo on the '15 650LT against the '15 Wee-Strom 650.

Guess which one WON...?

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Oh man I forgot to say, bike only has 2600 miles on it. Nowhere near replacement time.

He's read all of everything on both bikes, lol, he's even been calling some dealers. Apparently the place he found with the best pricing, the guy he talked to was all about v-strom and not so much about versys, but then, and as I explained, that guy lives in a place where there *aren't* any twisties. So far he's found NOS 2014's for $5500 and a NOS 2014 V-Strom for $5800.
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Top it up with distilled water, no worry about compatibility. The bike will work better with a 40/60 mix anyway.
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just change it no reason to risk it and its one less service youll have to do later

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Topping off will be fine, since your mileage is so low.

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Was checking the site regarding putting on a thermo-bob, and saw this thread. I have had my '09 for 2+ years and not yet changed or flushed the cooling system. My manual's at home and I'm at the office. What is the recommended schedule. I doubt that the previous owner ever changed it.

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Was checking the site regarding putting on a thermo-bob, and saw this thread. I have had my '09 for 2+ years and not yet changed or flushed the cooling system. My manual's at home and I'm at the office. What is the recommended schedule. I doubt that the previous owner ever changed it.

Periodic Replacement Parts


FREQUENCY



Air cleaner element #
2 years



Fuel hose
4 years




Coolant
3 years or 24,000 miles




Radiator hose and O-ring
3 years

I change my coolant every 2 years though.

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When you consider how small an amount is involved - just do it, is my suggestion.

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Don't forget brake fluid every year or two!
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