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post #1 of 17 Old 08-19-2010, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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Is this thing working! (Temp gauge)

So first let me say this could be a very stupid question.

Now with that out of the way. I just finished putting on a new rear tire and chain. Fired her up and took her for a little test ride. No problems, but when I got back home I smelled something burning. This was not a big concern since I had been cleaning while I was installing the new parts. But when I reached my hand down near the engine, it seemed really hot. I checked the temp gauge and it was running a little above the break in the line. Again this could be dumb but I don't remember the engine being so hot that you couldn't at least touch it for a short amount of time. After all when I ride during January here in Colorado I place my hands on the engine to warm them up.

Does anyone know how to diagnose a faulty temp gauge

Some tech notes: The coolant level is where it should be. No resent fiddling with the cooling. The bike is completely stock in the engine and drive train. Except the new chain is a DID 530VA 114 links (which is almost to long for the bike, adjusted it out almost to the mark for the service limit). New rear tire is a Dunlap Roadsmart 180-55.

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post #2 of 17 Old 08-19-2010, 08:07 PM
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Should be about there on the gauge while running, fan kicks on at around halfway up. Sounds normal. Not really something that goes bad.

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If you run the engine more than a couple of minutes you should not be able to just leave your hand on the head! The head probably gets up to about 180/90 degrees.

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Seems like mine gets way too hot to touch.

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how many miles does your 9'er have? When did you last do a coolant change? I agree with you most days I can have my hand on the head to warm them up and it doesn't burn. Just when the temp is above 85 that touching the head becomes a high risk factor.

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Bike is an '02 with 32k on the clock. Coolant was last changed in the fall of '08 when I first got it with 14k. I was planing to change it this fall before the weather changes.

Rode to work this morning and everything seems to be fine (except I may have to take a link out of the chain - that's what I get for just looking at the manual with out check here first ). Like I said probably a stupid question, but I thought I'd check.

Thanks for the help guys!

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Yeah I would say just change the coolant to be safe. I thnk the OM says every 24K but look at what it says for you chain..... Unless I get stuck in traffic on I25 my fan never kicks on and I stay just above the tick in the line.

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It's around 90 degrees in south FL and I just finished a grocery run. If I touch then engine it will definitely leave a mark. This picture shows my temp range - never gets past the halfway point. Sitting for a few minutes at that temp allows me to steam vegetables in my pants legs.
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It's around 90 degrees in south FL and I just finished a grocery run. If I touch then engine it will definitely leave a mark. This picture shows my temp range - never gets past the halfway point. Sitting for a few minutes at that temp allows me to steam vegetables in my pants legs.
You have vegetables in your pants? .....hmmm......

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You have vegetables in your pants? .....hmmm......
Well, he said he made a grocery run.

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You have vegetables in your pants? .....hmmm......
those were Idaho potatoes

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I haven't actually tried it yet, but there is so much heat coming up from below when I'm stopped I know that I could at least thaw a bag of frozen veggies.

Luckily I live very close to the supermarket because otherwise I'd have to insulate the inside of my top box so that nothing would melt. Hmm, a Givi cooler doesn't sound like a bad idea anyway.

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I haven't actually tried it yet, but there is so much heat coming up from below when I'm stopped I know that I could at least thaw a bag of frozen veggies.

Luckily I live very close to the supermarket because otherwise I'd have to insulate the inside of my top box so that nothing would melt. Hmm, a Givi cooler doesn't sound like a bad idea anyway.

Just get this grocery getter



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those were Idaho potatoes
Hey! I resemble that comment!

*I am from Idaho and have a potato field yards from my house*

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Well, he said he made a grocery run.
I worked at Albertsons as a teenager and we stopped shoplifters all the time. I guess my first mental image of you as you walked out would be a clerk saying "Sir, can I see what those bulges in your pants are?" and "Do you plan on cooking them before you get home?".

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I haven't actually tried it yet, but there is so much heat coming up from below when I'm stopped I know that I could at least thaw a bag of frozen veggies.

Luckily I live very close to the supermarket because otherwise I'd have to insulate the inside of my top box so that nothing would melt. Hmm, a Givi cooler doesn't sound like a bad idea anyway.
+1, I thought about adding a drain valve to my top case so I cold fill it with ice and, umm, soda & water...

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those were Idaho potatoes
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You have vegetables in your pants? .....hmmm......
just make sure you put them in the front of your pants..........not the back

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