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Hi Guys,
After much reading & research about the Versys 650 I decided to trade in my 2010 KLR 650 for a brand new 2014 Versys 650 which I got in July this year (2015).

After about 2000km / 1250 miles I noticed coolant leaking from the water pump.
The bike went back to the dealership, they replaced the seals under warranty and the leak is sorted out.

When I got the bike back the coolant was a bright lumo green. After four days of riding the coolant had turned to a dark green/grey colour.

The bike went back to the dealer who said they maybe had put old coolant in. They flushed the system and put a bright lumo pink coolant in. No faults were noted. I was told just to keep an eye on the coolant. Itís been about two weeks now since the coolant change and Iím noticing the bright pink coolant isnít so bright anymoreÖ.. Itís turning to a dark pink colour now.

Iíve got a feeling something is not right with my bike. I think oil is leaking into the coolant from the water pump or itís a head gasket issue. The oil from the site window seems a normal black colour.
Has anyone had a similar issue? Any advice please?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-23-2015, 04:31 AM
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If it was leaking oil into the coolant you would think the reverse would also be true. If coolant was leaking into the oil the oil would be milky. I'd try contacting Kawasaki South Africa and let them know what is happening.
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... The oil from the site window seems a normal black colour.
Has anyone had a similar issue? Any advice please?
I would imagine that IF oil is contaminating your antifreeze, you'll have an oily 'sheen' on top of the antifreeze.

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Hi Guys, thanks for your replies.

Yeah im confused about this, and i can see its confusing the mechanic too because the oil hasn't turned milky.

Check the attached pics. Kinda like a before and two weeks after...

Been googling to see if some coolants change colour after awhile and when it heats up etc but cant find anything of the sorts.

Think its going to have go back to the dealership soon, really not happy about this.
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id give the coolant system a good flush IE drain the coolant maybe even unhook the rad and flush it out with water) and then fill with distilled water, run the bike till warmed up and thermostat opens.drain refill with water again and run bike again, drain then fill with fresh coolant , burp system and top off. take pics of the fluid on each change (IE old coolant water and water)

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Hi Guys, thanks for your replies.

Yeah im confused about this, and i can see its confusing the mechanic too because the oil hasn't turned milky.

Check the attached pics. Kinda like a before and two weeks after...

Been googling to see if some coolants change colour after awhile and when it heats up etc but cant find anything of the sorts.

Think its going to have go back to the dealership soon, really not happy about this.
It should not change colour that quick
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Yeah it shouldn't. Taking the bike back to the dealership today, suspected oil in the coolant.
Will see what happens.
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