I have a 02 Vulcan 1500 classic and to check the coolant level I look at the reservoir on the side of the bike. My little brother called me recently and told me he had bought a 09 Vulcan 900 classic and was told to remove the gas tank to check this ,is this true.Any advise would be greatly appreciated.
What you'e looking at is the coolant recovery reservoir. If you want to see how much coolant you have in the radiator, you need to look down the radiator filler neck. Unfortunately, you have to take the tank off for this. But if you have coolant in the tank, you're probably fine, as you fill the radiator with coolant from the recovery tank, not the radiator itself.
I hadn't checked my side recovery reservoir for a long time as I always look down the radiator neck when I have the tank off (been doing lots of carb work lately, cam chain tensioner extenders, air filter relocation, etc). It was empty when I checked it, though the radiator had plenty of liquid in it. So I filled it up to the full line. Next season I'll have the whole system flushed.
04 1500 Classic
Sissy bar, luggage rack,
light bar, 2" risers,
Isogrips, Fatbar crashbars,
offset hiway pegs, tank bib,
new brake pedal, throttle lock,
Cobra Lowboy Shotgun pipes,
Baron's Big Air relocated right side,
tombstone tail light,forkbag,
detachable hard leather bags,
alarm, power port, clock,
and a cool cupholder