I didn't want to derail the "stink" thread, so I thought I'd start a new thread.
Marylandmike's use of a hotter thermostat caught my attention.
He is running his bike around 15°F hotter (about 10 °C hotter for those of us using the correct unit of measurement
I wondered what the effects of this might be power wise. There's a few forums I found debating this and seems it enevitably degenerates into a shit fight between keyboard warriors. I'm sure we can refrain from doing so.
Initailly my thoughts were that you are warming up not only the combustion chamber (which is a good thing), but enevitably the entire engine would warm up effecting intake ducts/manifolds, etc. which is a bad thing, IMO.
Theoretically, I reckon you would want to have minimal heat loss from your combustion chamber. The only reason combustion chambers are cooled, is because we don't have the materials to make engines that will sustain that amount of heat and pressure at the same time, without deforming.
BUT, you would want to have your intake air (thus all your mainfolds, etc.) as cold as possible.
So MM's running a hotter thermostat is a sound one (IMO), provided you don't heat up the rest of your engine compents too much and you don't effect the design parameters/tolorences of your engine in a harmfull manner.
I found an interesting test:
Do Cooler Engines Make More Power? - Fact Or Fiction - Import Tuner Magazine
Anyone agree with this? Any other view points?