Is this running too cold?


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Is this running too cold?

Post by Stew » Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:48 pm



Granted it's a bit nippy out at 35°F and it wasn't that long of a ride, it may have moved up a needle's width more if I rode longer. How does this compare to others riding around in cold weather? In the summer it does move up a little more. Not looking forward to replacing the thermostat if that's really what it needs :(




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Re: Is this running too cold?

Post by GlimWas » Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:27 am

These temperature gauges lead a life of there own, every one gives a different reading... Mine doesn't go up this far in the middle of summer at 30 dgr celsius after 150 km......
I wouldn't take it too serious, as long as the fans work when hot all is OK.
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Re: Is this running too cold?

Post by newday777 » Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:22 am

You are fine at that temp and guage position.
Ride(not sitting idling) at least an hour to fully heat it up and burn out the moisture in the mufflers or you'll be needing to replace your exhaust in short order because of rusting from the inside out. Treat it right.
Too many start their bikes and just let them sit and idle or short rides that do not burn out the moisture. That is the cause of rotted mufflers and crossover boxes on these bikes.

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Re: Is this running too cold?

Post by MikeB » Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:46 am

Stew wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:48 pm
Granted it's a bit nippy out at 35°F and it wasn't that long of a ride, it may have moved up a needle's width more if I rode longer. How does this compare to others riding around in cold weather? In the summer it does move up a little more. Not looking forward to replacing the thermostat if that's really what it needs :(
Looks the same as mine Stew. Nothing to worry about.
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Re: Is this running too cold?

Post by Stew » Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:28 pm

Thanks guys, I feel better now. The fans do come on normally when the needle reaches about the halfway mark so I guess all is good, and I do typically go on rides longer than just a few miles but the weather has been so bad around here lately that when we finally got a couple of days that were decent I HAD to take it out whenever I could!
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Re: Is this running too cold?

Post by CrystalPistol » Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:51 pm

That only tells you that it's on the cold end of the normal operating range … not that it's really still cold. Cold would be indicated maybe if the needle never came up off cold peg, but your's is up off the cold peg in the picture.
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Re: Is this running too cold?

Post by Mh434 » Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:16 pm

Yep - I'd say you're golden. In cold weather, my gauge doesn't go any higher than that unless I let it sit & idle for a while. My preference is a temp gauge that never normally reaches the 1/2 way mark. That way, if it gets up to 1/2 way, you're aware you may have an impending problem, but you still have a ways to go before things are critical. I had a car where the gauge normally ran at over 2/3 of the way up (everything was perfect, cooling-wise). Once it wasn't, though, there were mere seconds to react once the gauge began to rise as it had such a tiny distance to travel.

In your case, I'd be a happy camper.



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