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post #1 of 7 Old 11-22-2017, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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Major road works, bike gets hot.

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Last weekend I was on my way home and I ran in to some major road works, it went on for maybe 5 kms. I was able to lane split some of it, but the was a large section where I couldn't get around a semi trailer, going about 5kms/hr. Needless to say, the bike got hot - full bars (2014 DL650). I understand that it can display a hotter setting - when the top bar flashes? It didn't get to that point.

So I was just wondering, what would you do? Would you pull over at that point and let it cool down? Is full bars at a point where it is damaging the engine? It was probably on that temp for maybe 10 mins. It did feel like it was coughing a little during that time.

Eventually I got past the semi, and not too long after that I got out of the road works. Temp dropped normally, has been running OK since.
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-22-2017, 12:22 AM
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All indications are the fan is not working. Check the fuse and connections as well as the radiator switch. With the ignition on, short out the contacts on the connector to the radiator switch to make sure the fan runs.
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+1 for checking if the fan runs. Ear plugs and engine noise often can drown out the sound of the fan running. The fan and back-ground blend into one another. I used a white reflective paint on one of the fan fins, so now I can when the fan is running or not. Not too much to cause an unbalance of the fan blades.
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I got a piece of gravel stuck between the rad and the fan once on my Versys. The bike overheated but once I dislodged the stone and the fan was moving freely again, all was fine. Just to say, as well as checking the fuse you might want to check that the fan itself can move freely.
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post #5 of 7 Old 11-23-2017, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks all, I will check the fan this weekend.
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post #6 of 7 Old 11-26-2017, 02:47 AM Thread Starter
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Well, had a look today, and it didnít take long for even me to find the problem. Checked the right side of the radiator, looking for the thermo switch and it wasnít plugged in! Fished around for the cable, plugged it in and started it. After a while fan turned! Thanks all for your help. As this is my first bike, I really donít know if what I experience is normal or not. This forum is a great help.


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Seriously, this site could be even more helpful if more people came back and posted their solution once they solve a problem. Quite often several of us make suggestions, but we never hear how it turned out.

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