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It's been cold here...single digits for quite a while. My racebike is in the garage and it stays at about 45 - 50 degrees in there with no heater. If it gets really cold I have a small heater I kick on.

Anyway this guy is coming over to look at my Mustang thats for sale. While he's out driving it I decide to fire the bike up for a bit. I let it run and there steam coming out of the fairing, no alot but enough I could see it. So I'm wondering if something leaking and I look around...nothing. This bike has no antifreeze mind you, I'm getting worried.

I pull the oil cap and there it is, milky oil in the cap. I freak.

So I dump 1/2 a quart in and run it for a minute to get it to circulate to check the site glass. No milk. F it I'm draining the oil. Drain it, no water.

Pull the water lines, no oil.

I guess there was a little condensation in the cap.

Freakout not avoided, new motor avoided.
 

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Just for that reason alone, I don't start my bike in the winter time, and usually change the oil before the first ride.


Glad it all worked out for you.
 

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What about Engine Ice? Or something similar? I know there are water soluble non-antifreeze options that still do the job.
 

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The only thing you can add to distilled water and still be track legal is Water Wetter. No freeze protection. Everything else, including engine ice will still slick a track if there is a spill.
 

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Engine Ice is legal for track days but some racing organizations will not allow it. If your bike is strictly a track bike, you should just drain it completely during the winter and then you dont have to worry about anything.
 

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TrackStar1 said:
Some tracks allow it, some dont. Miller doesnt allow anything but water wetter...even for trackdays.

I'll just run the heaters, gives me good time in the garage.
yeah it just depends on the org and/or the track. Plus you dont want to mess up the entire track for others if you do wreck...keep it water + water wetter


Trackstar - Might just have to bite the bullet and use antifreeze in the winter for peace of mind. Gotta flush it anyways for a new season
 

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SoySauce021 said:
yeah it just depends on the org and/or the track. Plus you dont want to mess up the entire track for others if you do wreck...keep it water + water wetter


Trackstar - Might just have to bite the bullet and use antifreeze in the winter for peace of mind. Gotta flush it anyways for a new season
:withstupid on both parts of this subject.
 

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True!

Spent some good time in the garage tonight. Put fresh Rotella in the bike. Put new brake fluid in and bled everything through. Ran her for a bit just to ease my paranoid mind. Tomorrow is going to be SET valve removal and PAIR bypass action. Then I need to get tires mounted so I can put new gearing and chain (bumping to a 190 rear). Gotta pull forks and ship them off to RaceTech, new Elka shock should be here soon. Damn...I got some work to do.
 

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TrackStar1 said:
True!

Spent some good time in the garage tonight. Put fresh Rotella in the bike. Put new brake fluid in and bled everything through. Ran her for a bit just to ease my paranoid mind. Tomorrow is going to be SET valve removal and PAIR bypass action. Then I need to get tires mounted so I can put new gearing and chain (bumping to a 190 rear). Gotta pull forks and ship them off to RaceTech, new Elka shock should be here soon. Damn...I got some work to do.
Trust me I know hwo you feel.

Working on getting an 07 600 and when the 08's come out I will be picking up a 750 as well. The 750 will be street bike but with some really nice add ons! The 600 will be a track use only!
 

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flounder said:
Engine Ice is legal for track days but some racing organizations will not allow it. If your bike is strictly a track bike, you should just drain it completely during the winter and then you dont have to worry about anything.
I make it a point to flush the system with anti-freeze at the end and then the following Spring fill with H20 and Water Wedder. Cracking a block in the Winter from only having Wedder inside is a scary proposition..
 
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