What Kind of Coolant Should I Use for My Motorcycle?

Is there a special kind of anti-freeze or coolant specifically designed for use on motorcycles? It’s a valid question, since not all cooling systems are created equal. 

Partzilla’s motorcycle expert John Talley does weekly live Q&A sessions every Friday at 3PM Eastern on our YouTube channel. In this session, John answers one of our viewers’ question about what kind of anti-freeze or coolant to use on a motorcycle.  

Motorcycle coolant Q&A

Motorcycle Anti-Freeze Coolant Q&A

What types of anti-freeze or coolant can I use in my motorcycle?

John Talley: Well, you want to make sure that you’re using motorcycle-specific fluid. And it definitely needs to be a type of fluid that is aluminum-friendly, because just about every motorcycle I know of all have aluminum heads and radiators, and there’s some plastic mixed in there as well. I would not recommend using regular coolant like you would use in your car, the green stuff. It’s not really designed to work in a powersports vehicle. But there are several out there and you can’t go wrong by using the manufacturer’s own line, whether it be Honda, or Yamaha, or Kawasaki coolant. I’d say go with the manufacturer, because they designed their different cooling systems around that fluid, or vice-versa, the fluid around their system.  

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As John mentioned, you can’t go wrong with a motorcycle manufacturer’s OEM anti-freeze or coolant when doing a fluid change. These coolants are specifically designed for powersports vehicle use, so never use the same coolant or anti-freeze that you would for your car or any other vehicle. Before you change the coolant in your motorcycle, you should learn how to do a coolant flush. The following videos show you how to flush and change the coolant in two different motorcycle types.

Watch the video below to see how to change the coolant in a Honda motorcycle.

Watch the video below to see how to change the coolant in a Kawasaki motorcycle.

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