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Old 09-06-2012, 01:34 AM   #1
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Coolant temperature gauge question

Was wondering how many bars do you people get. I'm always getting 4 bars, no less no more. The reason I'm asking is because I think my bike is running a bit hot and because I've never seen more than 4 bars not even when my radiator fan starts. Heard this might be a coolant bleeding procedure issue. Thoughts?
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Old 09-06-2012, 02:38 AM   #2
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Why do you think it is running hot?.

My bike is always on 4 bars, hot weather, cold weather, fan on or off. I changed the coolant a couple of weeks ago. Thought I did everything correct. Started bike up to let idle for a while and it went up to 5,6,7 bars, then warning lights came on. Opened bleeder screw, released more air, topped up. It has now settled back to 4 bars .
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Old 09-06-2012, 04:59 AM   #3
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Four bars was normal for mine. Had it go higher but only in stop and go traffic with the temperature hovering around 100F.
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:32 AM   #4
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I have 41K miles on my GS and have never seen the fifth bar. I thought for sure when I was stuck in crawling traffic and 100* that I would see it but never did. It"s fine with me if I never see the elusive rare fifth bar.
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:48 AM   #5
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I have 20k mi on mine. I have 100+F crawling up rocky nasty washed out roads slipping clutch and all, never seen the 5th bar.

Cooling system seems pretty rock solid on these guys.

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Old 09-06-2012, 11:59 AM   #6
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F800ST here (2009 model) 20K and have never seen more than 4 bars, stuck in traffic, hot summer day, fan on continuously.

The only thing it has always done from day one though, is piss coolant all over the lower fairing/frame/my boot, from the reservoir's lid if the fluid level is anywhere above the "low" mark on the container.
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Old 09-06-2012, 03:37 PM   #7
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I have. I was going up Pikes Peak, behind a looky-loo. The fan had some grit as we had just come off the CDR and was apparently stuck.

Anyhow, it went to 5 bars and the "oil" light icon flashes in yellow. When the next bar is up, the oil icon flashes red...this is also the time the overflow container pees all over.

Get off spin the fan by hand..refill the overflow container and away you go!
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:35 AM   #8
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It appears unanimous ... anything over 4 bars is trouble somewhere (fan / air in the system / ....)
One quick check for air trapped in the system that worked for me was (with the bike warmed up) to carefully "feel" your way across the radiator core - it should be uniform in temperature everywhere on the core - cold spots likely mean air in the system.

Here's the procedure I used to get the air out of my system:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=13698738&postcount=11

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Old 09-07-2012, 12:07 PM   #9
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It appears unanimous ... anything over 4 bars is trouble somewhere (fan / air in the system / ....)

+1 on that.

I passed my driving licence on a F650GS TWIN and it never made over 4 bars (and I think driving lessons are the worst thing that could happend to a bike)
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Old 09-07-2012, 01:50 PM   #10
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Old 09-07-2012, 03:45 PM   #11
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Got to add something here.
I punched a hole in my radiator a few years back, long story, did not see the tree and got speared!!!

Anyway I did not know I had a leak until maybe four or five miles later, when I got the warning and looked and saw the coolant temp with all kinds of bars.

I was able to put the stick back in the radiator, add a bottle of water and make the 36 miles home with only a few bars showing, engine ran cool even through the coolant level was minimal at best...Not sure how they designed this system but I think there is some sort of bypass as my engine never exhibited any of the "HOT" engine characteristics.

I guess what I am getting at is this cooling system seems to be spot on and somewhat rugged.....
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Got to add something here.
I punched a hole in my radiator a few years back, long story, did not see the tree and got speared!!!

Anyway I did not know I had a leak until maybe four or five miles later, when I got the warning and looked and saw the coolant temp with all kinds of bars.

I was able to put the stick back in the radiator, add a bottle of water and make the 36 miles home with only a few bars showing, engine ran cool even through the coolant level was minimal at best...Not sure how they designed this system but I think there is some sort of bypass as my engine never exhibited any of the "HOT" engine characteristics.

I guess what I am getting at is this cooling system seems to be spot on and somewhat rugged.....
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