What is this white stuff on my F800GS?

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by EnderTheX, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. raider

    raider Big red dog

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    Update: if you leave your bike parked where ants can get it, they remove the white marks for you. No idea what's in the coolant but the ants in my yard found it, liked it, ate it. Now I'm slightly paranoid they will have made their way into the coolant reservoir - as I'm about to trade the bike, I'm not game to look...
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  2. EnderTheX

    EnderTheX Dirt Dreams

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    Very cool! If you see them again get a picture! :D
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  3. raider

    raider Big red dog

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    Sadly they're gone and so is any evidence of white marks under the water pump :dunno

    Saved me a final wash though!
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  4. macbethandbanquo

    macbethandbanquo Been here awhile

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    Well, Reaver, you were right. It is now 6 months later and 5,000 miles and has not leaked a drop since.
    So far all is good with the 2012 F650GS. Only thing I question now is how it starts. It used to start on the first second I pushed the starter button. The it would hesitate like it was straining and then turn over. Always starts and doesn't do it all the time. Brought it to dealer and could find nothing. Said oi happens sometimes depending on positioning of "something" (I forgot) when I stop.
    Just disconcerting.
    Thanks for clearing up the leak issue!
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  5. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    I think Reaver is screwing off in South America ...
    So I'll fill in and he can critique my reply later ... :lol3

    I'll be what the dealer was saying was that if one of the pistons was coming up on the compression stroke then it makes the engine harder to turn over and that was what you might be experiencing ...

    So yeah, but ... did they tell you what they checked before waving you on?

    Load test of battery, check of electrical connections, starter relay condition, and starter motor current draw would have been a good start.

    The OEM batteries are not known for longevity, so there's a good chance it's starting to slack off after what 2 years or so....?


    I have a whole fleet of vehicles and have been comtemplating buying one of these:
    http://www.cloreautomotive.com/uploaded_files/sku/431_841-029-000.pdf

    but can't figure out if they are snake oil or trustworthy....
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  6. macbethandbanquo

    macbethandbanquo Been here awhile

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    Thanks JR
    Yes they did say that about the piston.
    Think he checked most or all those things you listed
    But, the bike sat on the showroom floor for several months and I was wondering about the battery starting to fail, myself
    You say OEM are known to fail. What would you suggest for next battery? I am not concerned about saving weight. Just want a reliable long lasting battery.
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  7. JRWooden

    JRWooden Long timer

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    About two years back I got a Deka brand battery from these guys:

    http://www.etx14.com/index.html

    $80 bucks and free shipping within USA.

    They are a small reseller/retailer with great service & prices.
    The Deka is mfg. in USA and seems a very high quality unit.
    I bought it on Joel Wiseman's recommendation as the best of the "regular" AGM batteries.

    It's been a fine performer so far.

    I was not ready to make the jump to the exotic stuff.
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