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Old 05-14-2013, 07:41 PM   #8701
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never looked into it but there's probably an aftermarket option you can make fit, with increased cooling performance as a bonus
Heck, the stock one is way over kill for cooling performance, Of course you'd expect it since it's as big as my old Busa radiator was. Might be nice to go with something between the 690 and the EXC radiators.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:58 PM   #8702
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They have big beaks with serrations all along the top and bottoms. Our goose is getting better at biting. I usually have pants on and he cannot get a good purchase. I think it would be pretty uncomfortable if I were bitten with shorts on. I usually just grab him by the neck and have a little chat about his ways and then he backs off.
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If a goose or gander goes for you, offer it your left hand (if you're right handed - do it the other way if you're left handed), but don't let it bight down on you. Use your hand to lead the goose in front of you so you can get your right arm around its body and fold its wings in and lift it up. They go pretty quiet when you pick 'em up. If a goose does get your finger just push your fingers back into the apex of their jaw and they'll let go. When a goose grabs your skin it will twist its neck and that hurts.
They're one of the best guard dogs going but they shit (it seems) about 10x their body weight each and every day - I'm not a fan.
Thanks for the pointers guys! Actually the question wasn't 100% off topic as its kind of alone the lines of keeping riding areas open. There's a massive network of jungle trails just outside KL in the Titiwangsa (I know...) range and the closest entrance you have to ride thru a "goose farmers" property... right now he doesn't mind us riding thru so I was trying to avoid using my machete to protect myself from something that may not have even been painful .

In exchange for your helpful advice, if you ever come to Malaysia I'll give you a tour of the Titiwangsa jungle trails!
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:26 PM   #8703
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The stock radiator struggles to keep the engine cool in Australia's climate

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Heck, the stock one is way over kill for cooling performance, Of course you'd expect it since it's as big as my old Busa radiator was. Might be nice to go with something between the 690 and the EXC radiators.
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:32 PM   #8704
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The stock radiator struggles to keep the engine cool in Australia's climate
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I'll be using engine ice in spring / summer ...
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Old 05-14-2013, 11:47 PM   #8705
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What is in there from the factory? I have a couple bottles of engine ice on the shelf but havent figured out whats in there now. Might be worth changing. I am also going to get the 89 thermo switch.
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:36 AM   #8706
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What is in there from the factory? I have a couple bottles of engine ice on the shelf but havent figured out whats in there now. Might be worth changing. I am also going to get the 89 thermo switch.
Don't know what the stock coolant is ...

But engine ice is recommended here ...
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:25 AM   #8707
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But even then my 690 runs hot in traffic or on slow trails...

How high on the temp dial do you guys consider too hot?
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:56 AM   #8708
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Temps

I think the key is to prevent it from getting hot in the first place. I installed the LTZ 400 switch. The fan comes in much earlier, but ultimately keeps the temps manageable. I live in the Kalahari desert and have no problems taking the bike for a spot of dry riverbed bashing with temps around the 35 - 40 C mark. Hotter than that and the pilot risks dying himself.
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Old 05-15-2013, 04:50 AM   #8709
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I'll stick with the grab the neck and yell method.
I'd go with duck in the oven.
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:53 AM   #8710
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Air flow over the radiator seems to be critical on the 690....
I've seen the temp gage go down 3 bars just by having a head wind instead of a tail wind.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:32 AM   #8711
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Air flow over the radiator seems to be critical on the 690....
I've seen the temp gage go down 3 bars just by having a head wind instead of a tail wind.
The best solution is to hit a rain storm...haha I had my temps go down to just 3 bars while riding around 30-40 miles an hour in an absolute downpour and 85* outside...

And I have never had my bike go over 2 bars from the max, even while sitting in traffic in 100* weather. Once the fan kicks in, the temps hit a wall. It does its job.

Although, I'm probably gonna flush the system and put Engine Ice in before the temps start to get high this summer...
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:16 AM   #8712
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Air flow over the radiator seems to be critical on the 690....
I've seen the temp gage go down 3 bars just by having a head wind instead of a tail wind.
This is the only vehicle I've owned, other than race cars, that increases temp the slower you go. I slow down for a town that I'll light throttle through, and watch the temp go up. And then I seems to take a while back out of town for it to settle down.

Unless it's cold outside, my temp gauge resides in the 7-10 bar range.
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:24 AM   #8713
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The best solution is to hit a rain storm...haha I had my temps go down to just 3 bars while riding around 30-40 miles an hour in an absolute downpour and 85* outside...
Most of West Texas hasn't seen a rain storm in so long, riding thru one is pretty much a distant memory...
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:12 AM   #8714
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Most of West Texas hasn't seen a rain storm in so long, riding thru one is pretty much a distant memory...
Haha, this was in September last year, around Fredericksburg. Absolute downpour. Where in Texas are you?
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:20 AM   #8715
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Any of you texas guys around Houston?

I would love hand installing the Rally Raid Evo 2 rally kit.
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