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Empty Coolant Reserve Tank

Hi guys, anyone out there for help? I brought home my new CBR 250R few hours back, from Honda showroom, only after reaching home I noticed that the coolant reserve tank is empty. I have to go back to the Honda showroom to get it filled and the showroom is 7km away from my home. Is that 7km ride without coolant going to ruin the engine?
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I would suggest that you buy a bottle of Honda coolant and fill the radiator yourself, without riding the bike to the dealership. It's a routine maintenance issue that you'll want to be acquainted with anyways, so just start learning the steps now. Otherwise, since it sounds like you just bought the bike from a dealership, I would suggest that the dealership provide you with a free pickup of the bike and fix the issue. Or, worse case, send somebody to you with the proper fluid and remedy the issue.

Without opening the radiator cap, you really don't know how low the coolant level is, so there's a risk in riding the bike. If the level is low enough, you will certainly have an overheat issue and ruin something.
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1) is your engine temperature gauge reading high?

2) open the owner's manual. You will find where to look to make sure there is enough coolant in the system. It is a narrow, vertical opening, very dark, behind the oil level window.


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The overflow bottle is just for when the closed system gets warm and needs to get rid of excess fluid.
When the bike (or car) cools down, the fluid is drawn back into the main system.


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I would remove the radiator cap and look at the actual level in the radiator.

Best thing to do would be to make sure it's up to the top and the overflow bottle is properly filled before riding. I would call the dealer and tell them the issue, and see what they say. At least they should supply you with the coolant you need.

If it is brand new (0 mi), I would tell them you want the cycle looked over and properly prepped. There are other things that should be checked before letting a customer take a cycle out on the road, and from the sound of it they may have not been done.
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I would suggest that you buy a bottle of Honda coolant and fill the radiator yourself, without riding the bike to the dealership. It's a routine maintenance issue that you'll want to be acquainted with anyways, so just start learning the steps now. Otherwise, since it sounds like you just bought the bike from a dealership, I would suggest that the dealership provide you with a free pickup of the bike and fix the issue. Or, worse case, send somebody to you with the proper fluid and remedy the issue.

Without opening the radiator cap, you really don't know how low the coolant level is, so there's a risk in riding the bike. If the level is low enough, you will certainly have an overheat issue and ruin something.
Thank you. I thought the same to fill it myself. As the bike is new, I think the screw near the reserve tank is too tight for my screwdriver to open, and I felt like, if I try more to open the screw I would be ending up losing the edges of the screw smooth. So I thought the dealership people would be able to open it. And I am not sure also whether the bike was ever filled with coolant, in that case, is it enough to fill it through the reserve tank or should it be done through the radiator cap, if there is not even a drop of coolant anywhere inside?
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1) is your engine temperature gauge reading high?

2) open the owner's manual. You will find where to look to make sure there is enough coolant in the system. It is a narrow, vertical opening, very dark, behind the oil level window.
1) Yes. The temperature gauge was blinking at H. If the engine overheats, will it shut down by itself to avoid damages (I read somewhere, that, there is something called thermal shutdown)

2) Yes, I checked the owners manual and found out the place to check the level. The level is empty.
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The overflow bottle is just for when the closed system gets warm and needs to get rid of excess fluid.
When the bike (or car) cools down, the fluid is drawn back into the main system.
Is the overflow bottle you are mentioning the same as the reserve tank I said, which is near the rear brake pedal? I checked the level in that reserve tank when the bike was off and cool.
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Is the overflow bottle you are mentioning the same as the reserve tank I said, which is near the rear brake pedal? I checked the level in that reserve tank when the bike was off and cool.
Yes, they are the same.

If your temperature gauge was flashing H, that dealership has a lot to answer for. Possibly a new engine.

How far is it from there to home?


No, the engine will NOT shut off before damage is done.
The engine gets hot, the piston and valve stems expand, and it locks up tight.
You are very lucky this did not happen to you on the way home.

Sorry about your trouble.
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Is the overflow bottle you are mentioning the same as the reserve tank I said, which is near the rear brake pedal? I checked the level in that reserve tank when the bike was off and cool.
Yes, they are the same.

If your temperature gauge was flashing H, that dealership has a lot to answer for. Possibly a new engine.

How far is it from there to home?


No, the engine will NOT shut off before damage is done.
The engine gets hot, the piston and valve stems expand, and it locks up tight.
You are very lucky this did not happen to you on the way home.

Sorry about your trouble.
Thanks for all suggestions. Dealership is 7 km away from my home. As today is a working day, had no option for me to wait at home for the pick up persons to come and do the work, so had to take to the dealership by myself. Rode it to the dealership, but giving some halts when temp gauge bar crossed the third bar and wait for 15,20 minutes to cool it down, likewise reched the dealership, hoping that it won't be doing much danages.
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