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GSX-R600 K7 - steam facial ??

Discussion in 'Technical and Troubleshooting Torque' at netrider.net.au started by hynejont, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. All,
    I'm a newbie to the Gixxer club but the other day I got caught in the rain on it and when stopping at the light, got a facial from the steam coming from the radiator somewhere. IT happened again on the way home but weather was still wet. Rode it this morning in the dry :) and no steam but not sure if my paranoia but could smell more of a dry, heat smell. Not quite burning smell but enough to grab your attention but at the same time, new bike to me and new smells so just not sure
    Note - no over heating from the temperature gauge during any of this.



    Questions are:
    Is it normal for rain/water run off from fairing/visor etc to hit the manifold and give you a facial on the new shape GSX-R600/750's ?
    If not, any known weak spot for radiator and or hoses to go on these bikes

    Any help would be much appreciated. BTW...wish I had got one of these babies sooner :grin:
     
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  2. My K8 750 gives me a good old steaming when it rains. Given the system runs between 85 - 105 degrees, I wouldn't worry too much about it, it's just the rain evaporating. :D
     
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  3. Thanks 'TheRuss' - I'll keep an eye on the coolant level just to make sure as it was a fair amount of steam but it did seem coincidental that it was pi55ing with rain as well.
     
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  4. Hot Disc brakes will steam after you stop. It of course appears in your face.
     
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  5. It's just the rain. Love the smell of header steam.
     
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  6. It's one of the best reasons to ride in the rain, when you pull up at lights the steam going everywhere.

    I am going to try to get a good pic of my bike steaming after the next rain ride.
     
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  7. Is there the sound of escaping steam or just a cloud of steam after you pull in?

    The latter is nothing to worry about.
     
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  8. The dry heat smell is just all the crap from the water (most of which, on a bike, is road spray, not direct rain) drying and baking onto your engine and exhaust. It's not a problem. Well, it's not a problem for me, because I don't clean my bikes. You may find it a chore to scrape off :D.
     
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