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I've searched for alternative coolant tank set ups in other bikes, and a few options have surfaced. Would there be any technical issue with option 2 in the attached image? Basically the pipe that draws the coolant (x) doesn't work with gravity like in the default setup (1)...
 

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I would saying NO.

So long as Pipe X end is ALWAYS under fluid and Pipe X has no air inside.
Pipe X will pump and suck fluid fine.

if it runs dry then when the engine cools it will suck in air and the pressurized cooling system will not work as well.
 

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it will work the same so long as it has the same capacity. both will suck in air if they are run dry.

does not matter if the hose rises out of the top before going down so long as the end is below the fluid level it is still gravity fed.
 

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I was in the bike shop today and asked if they stocked any coolant pipes/hoses. The guy said they'd have to order one in, specific for my bike, because they are heat-tested and bent etc for the model. They were also very expensive (didn't ask how much).

It's true I can't find similar hoses in the garden section of a hardware store, but surely it's not too hard to find what looks to me like thick, rubbery hose about half a centimetre in diameter. Or am I completely off track? Is there an easy workaround here? The salesman made out like any pipe not shipped over from the hallowed halls of Kawasaki would melt and spurt everywhere as soon as warm coolant hit it.
 

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almost any hose will be able to hold up to the ~200* temps. and none of the stuff available at the auto parts store is harmed by glycol.
 

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It's just radiator hose...the question is why are you trying to change it up?
I believe he said on another post that he was considering running sans fairings and wanted to do something about the unsightly coolant tank.
I just did THIS when I ran naked in the spring for a couple months. Basically painted the reservoir to match the tank. It blends in a little better. Still not perfect but better than going through the hassle of replacing it.
 

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I believe he said on another post that he was considering running sans fairings and wanted to do something about the unsightly coolant tank.
I just did THIS when I ran naked in the spring for a couple months. Basically painted the reservoir to match the tank. It blends in a little better. Still not perfect but better than going through the hassle of replacing it.
Gotcha.
 
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