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    Quote Originally Posted by davidat19 View Post
    I was always told its 17 gallons of water for one of petrol
    2 C8H18 + 25 O2 ---> 16 CO2 +18 H2O.

    More like 9 but yeah you're in the ballpark. Main point is there's a lot of water vapour to get rid of.


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    Quote Originally Posted by davidat19 View Post
    I was always told its 17 gallons of water for one of petrol
    No, I just looked it up and its a little over 1 to 1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidat19 View Post
    No, I just looked it up and its a little over 1 to 1.
    LOL I think we crossed in the post

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    Default Re: Kawasaki ER-5 - oil site glass misting up during winter use

    Cheers guys.

    I checked the oil glass again after riding 8 miles to work yesterday, and the mist is back - that happened quicker than I expected! Good point on the thermostat, how would I check if that is functioning properly? On a side note, I've no idea when the coolant was last changed so that's another job on my list to do... The level seems consistent every time I've checked under the seat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daws0n View Post
    Cheers guys.

    I checked the oil glass again after riding 8 miles to work yesterday, and the mist is back - that happened quicker than I expected! Good point on the thermostat, how would I check if that is functioning properly? On a side note, I've no idea when the coolant was last changed so that's another job on my list to do... The level seems consistent every time I've checked under the seat.
    Check the temp of the top hose as the engine arms up. You should find it stays cool for a whike and warms up quickly as the stat opens.
    Or take it out and check ot over a pan of water with a thermometer in it.

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    Nothing wrong with it if you use an aerosol and don't get too close.
    Why risk it? It's not like it's difficult to do with the engine off.

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    Default Re: Kawasaki ER-5 - oil site glass misting up during winter use

    I'm not sure what I'm risking if I'm a foot away from the chain and using a straw to direct the spray. And why? Because as the chain is moving the wax (I use Wurth on O/X ring chains) is being well distributed.

    The only potential problem I can see if normal sensible precautions are being observed is if somehow the bike leaps off the centres stand and makes a break for freedom......

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    Default Re: Kawasaki ER-5 - oil site glass misting up during winter use

    Does you temperature gauge ever move more than 2mm? I had a GPz500, same bike basically - they never get hot unless you thrash them or sit in stationary traffic.
    Aside from a long run every weekend covering part of the radiator helps it get up to a sensible working temperature in winter.

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    Default Re: Kawasaki ER-5 - oil site glass misting up during winter use

    Do they not have a thermostat? Straight Q, I've not had enough water cooled bikes to know much about them.

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    Default Re: Kawasaki ER-5 - oil site glass misting up during winter use

    Quote Originally Posted by cheb View Post
    Do they not have a thermostat? Straight Q, I've not had enough water cooled bikes to know much about them.
    Mine doesn't , but there again it doesn't have a pump either. Most pressurised systems should have one and a pump of course.

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    Default Re: Kawasaki ER-5 - oil site glass misting up during winter use

    Likewise, I think many watercooled bikes don't have a 'stat even though they often have a housing for one. The logic seems to be that small engines will heat up the water regardless. Which isn't necessarily the case for a bike driven gently in a cold climate.

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