Temperature Guage


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Temperature Guage

Postby reasonator » Thu Jul 21, 2011 12:53 pm



I have an '88 GL1500, my temp guage will run at about a 1/4 position from cold as a general rule. But in slow traffic, my guage will move all the way over to almost a 3/4 position (but still not in the red). Is this a normal temperature swing for a GL1500, or do I need to be concerned with the temperature swings damaging the engine block!?!?!

If this is abnormal, can you offer suggestions to fix the problem?


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Re: Temperature Guage

Postby robb » Thu Jul 21, 2011 3:20 pm

In setting traffic my 89 will rise to just over half way. Can you hear the fans come on, they do a lot in cooling.

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Re: Temperature Guage

Postby reasonator » Thu Jul 21, 2011 6:34 pm

My fans do run, I'm just Leary of the large swings in temperature.
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Re: Temperature Guage

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:30 pm

It's only a large swing in temperature because the bike normally depends on airflow from you riding along to take the heat away from the radiators. In slow traffic, that's not happening, so it depends on the fans to move air (and heat), which aren't quite as efficient, so the temperature goes up. As long as it goes back down again once you're moving, you've got nothing to worry about.

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Re: Temperature Guage

Postby reasonator » Thu Jul 28, 2011 6:11 pm

Thanks for the info! Yeah, it goes back down as soon as I get back to speed.
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Re: Temperature Guage

Postby robb » Fri Jul 29, 2011 4:53 pm

Took some readings, with the side deflectors the temp is lower than without. The more they are turned in the lower the temp drops. They aide in directing air and forcing the flow rather than the fans doing all the work.
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