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crap... frozen bike. am i screwed?
i have a 05 rr track bike.
i went to take my bike up to my storage at the start of winter when i saw my trailer had been hit by someone. So i could not take the bike to storage at that point because the trailer was broken. Then i got busy with school work, thanksgiving travel, more school work, full time job, and even more school work... so it sat in my parking lot till now. I dont mind snow or water on it. it sat outside for 2 years before i got a storage place and i never had a problem with it.
It slipped my mind that i had water wetter in it, not anti freeze because its a track bike. well it hit me the other day, a little late.
i squeezed the pipes that carry the coolant that are rubber and most are slush, definitely somewhat frozen. the one at the bottom right of the rad is pretty hard and i would guess frozen. i took the rad cap off and there is no ice right at the top, however i can not see in because plastics are in the way.
It is a pretty well flushed system, maybe a tiny bit of glycol left over, so pretty much just water and red line water wetter which say on the bottle does not protect against freezing. from what i have learned as a chemistry major a solute added to a solvent lowers the freezing point regardless in most cases of what it is. so the water wetter should have stopped it from freezing at ~32 and lowered the freezing point by some small amount. i think that's why its not all rock hard.
right now its in the mid to high 20's however i know a few weeks ago it dipped into the mid teens and it could have been completely frozen then. i do know that is was a little low on water in the rad, just a tiny bit that came out of a disconnected over flow line last time i had it running.
I dont see anything broken from the expansion as of now, the rad looks fine, the fins are not budged like i was expecting if the water in them expanded. i have not been able to give it a really good look. i am going to get it into a warm place sunday and wait for it to thaw. after it thaws i will check for leaks, run it, and check for oil in the water.
i am so pissed that i did this. all because some a** hole hit my trailer and ran.
have you seen this happen before? does it always crack the block? any thoughts? thanks