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alessandro
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in winter is it possible to cover the radiator to increase the temperature?


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Shouldn't need to if your thermostat is working. If you run the engine long enough to thoroughly warm up the temperature gauge should reach about 1/4 scale. That's where the thermostat opens.

On the other hand, if after 15 minutes of driving the temperature gauge is still reading near cold, your thermostat may be stuck open. Covering the radiators some will help it to warm up.
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I have some covers that go over the exhaust vents on the side, they help get more heat to the vents by my knees, as well as help it to warm up faster, it does not make the temp warmer overall though (in the summer it might, because it does reduce airflow some, but in winter, no difference that I have noticed on the analog gauge).
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Thanks for the answers, now I try to cover the radiators and then I have the thermostat checked :)
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alessandro wrote: Tue Dec 14, 2021 2:36 pm Thanks for the answers, now I try to cover the radiators and then I have the thermostat checked :)
what is the weather like over there in italy? how is it riding a motorcycle in italy? please share your thoughts and experiences!
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Italy is 1200km long, in winter in the north in the city it can reach -5 ° C, in the mountains -15 ° C, in the south Italy + 5 ° + 10 °. The main streets are clean and fun with lots of mixed routes, it's great to do tours to eat or discover tourist spots even in winter. I live in the north (Varese) and when I can I look for farms where to look for good meat, cheese and good wine
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sounds great! i like the idea of buying meat directly from the farmer.
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Let's put it this way, the thermostat will keep the engine temp correct UNLESS you don't drive it long enough (you notice this in your car also, it can take up to 10 miles of driving for the engine to get fully up to temp), or the thermostat is not doing it's job any longer and needs to be replaced. (Or I guess that I could add unless you are driving in weather so cold that no sane person should be out in it.)


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