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Thanks for fix ideas. Something nobody mentioned here is that no matter how great the blinker fluid is, (e.g., the time tested DOT 5) if you have a leak the fluid isn't going to do its job.
CHECK FOR LEAKS PEOPLE!


I think Honda really dropped the ball by not offering their brand of fluid so new riders especially could buy the brand they know will work. Honda offers motor oil so why not Honda blinker Fluid???





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It doesn't go to 5 for nothing!

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Good ole DOT 1, mineral blinker fluid was good enough for my Dad, and it's good enough for me! Don't need no fancey synthetic DOT 5 blinker fluid! Y'all just throwin' your money away. I've been using DOT 1 my whole life and never had a blinker fluid related failure yet. Regular maintenance is the key!

You make a good point about regular maintenance, however I'm a big believer in Synthetic DOT 5 blinker fluid— It doesn't go all the way to 5 for nothing! I find the synthetic allows me to go almost forget I have blinker fluid to worry about due to how long synthetic lasts vs the old-fashioned mineral oil based fluids do.
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You make a good point about regular maintenance, however I'm a big believer in Synthetic DOT 5 blinker fluid— It doesn't go all the way to 5 for nothing! I find the synthetic allows me to go almost forget I have blinker fluid to worry about due to how long synthetic lasts vs the old-fashioned mineral oil based fluids do.
That's just it. You forget to service it and one day .... NO BLINKERS! I'm not buying the hype. Anyone here have proof that 5 is better than 1,2,3 or 4?



And then there are those who believe you can just use ATF but those guys are whack!
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And then there are those who ride in the winter months with summer air in there tires !

It is just unbelievable how uniformed some people are. o
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And why has no body mentioned to check and service your muffler bearings. Just wondering why these are not brought up too.

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Anyone ever used the universal signal telling everybody "I am out of blinker fluid so be careful around me"?


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I see some real misinformation here so I'd like it help clear it up.


Blinker fluid should be changed every 3 years regardless. Those that use the synthetic DOT5 fluid like to use extended service intervals but that's up to them.


Always use winter or at the very least all-season air in your tires if you ride in the winter. I don't care if it's warm where you are all year round, air should be changed out at least once per year with all-season air, or twice per year as winter turns to spring and as summer turns to autumn. That is unless you keep the bike parked all winter, then just a quick air change in the spring with new summer or all-season air is okay.


Muffler bearings are best left alone unless you intend on just replacing them. You'll know when they need replacing, but it has been my experience that trying to service them almost always accelerates the need to replace them. If you suspect that this is the year, then just replace them with the highest quality muffler bearings you can find.


Not yet mentioned is headlight fluid. This lasts much longer when you convert to LEDs (less heat, lower wattage). Use synthetic there and you may never have to change it with LEDs.


There are, of course, differing opinions on all of this. Some people just use ATF for everything, but I tried it once in place of summer air and the bike rode like a brick. It smoked a lot too when I lubed the muffler bearings with it, the headlights had a distinct reddish hue, and the blinkers often just skipped blinking altogether so I'm not sure how other people are getting it to work, but my opinion is to use the right parts for the job. Just sayin'.


Oh, and HOP, I have reconsidered and will try the latest synthetic blinker fluid next service. Will report back with findings.


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I use the multi grade light fluid. Can be used in all types of lights, blinkers, headlights, fog, driving and tail. I even put it in my bathroom lights.

Question ???
Is it best to remove the concrete from the handle bars or is it OK to leave in over the cold winter months? (who remembers this?)

I appreciate quick advice as it is 27 degrees out right now. Please help I am stressing over this.

Thanks in advance
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