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6/10/19 6:00 a.m.

Put about 60 miles on it this weekend!  The first thing I noticed was that the lowering link was letting the tire hit the rear fender, and it chewed through the rear turn signal wiring:  

That's a big fail, and the bike came with the stock links in a bag so I swapped those out:  

Raised the front to match and went for another ride:  

It was great!  Other than a little overheating, the bike was well behaved.  Looks like the radiator cap isn't letting coolant back in, so I drained and flushed the coolant and ordered another cap:  

Didn't stop me riding it to dinner, though.  I just need to make sure to keep the coolant topped up since it won't draw from the overflow tank until the cap is replaced.

The only other little issues I encountered (and fixed) were the battery clanking around and one of the mufflers being loose.  And the headlight is terrible, which I don't have a solution for yet.

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7/2/19 6:27 a.m.

Battery took a dump.  Replaced it.  Replaced radiator cap too, still not pulling from the overflow when it cools down.

Bike is still awesome other than that- I've been refilling the cooling system by blowing into the coolant overflow like a bagpipe before I start the bike, which I'm sure anyone who has seen me in a parking lot has enjoyed cheeky

It has been getting 40-45 mpg, which could probably be better but it runs great so I'm not complaining.

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7/12/19 12:10 p.m.

Noticed some bubbles in the coolant- these engines are known for head gasket issues.  Hmm, what else has an aluminum engine with notoriously garbage head gaskets and a factory recommended bandaid?

Dumped it in, went for a brief ride to circulate it:

Hopefully it helps.  If not... who cares, $400 Aprilia!  Gaskets are cheap anyway.

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