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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-17-2012, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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Warmer engine?

Last week I took the D12 to town Christmas shopping. the temp was around 36 f. the bike worked great but the engine temp. went from normal in the city, to about half way between the two hash marks on the guage when I opened her up on the back roads, on the way back home.
Today it's bright and sunny but only 34f out. There's no snow on the ground, and I can't stay off the beast. Can I put a piece of cardboard in front of the rad to keep her at the normal operating temp, like you would with a diesel truck in the winter, or could this hurt her?
With El Nino active I think we are in for an open winter, with very little snow. So I don't want to put her in hibernation yet.
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You could try a half cover of the rad and see what happens. But, are you going to stop and remove if you get stuck in traffic or back to "slower" traffic? If you didn't have a temp indicator, you wouldn't know what was going on so I would be inclined not to worry about the lower readings as long as the engine responds properly and warms up initially.
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Felony... good point about the slower traffic or in town, I thnk I'll take it on the back road tour. I don't know any other solutions.
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Chris, Your thermostat should be keeping you on the second hash mark (I think we have the same gauge) with short dips below the second mark, at least how my '98 reacted to uber cold (for us) weather.

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Brad...The gauge runs in the middle of the two hash marks at outside temps between 36 and 32f. I was worried about running the bike below the normal operating temperature, which is usually right on the second hash mark. I drove the bike for about 25 miles with a piece of cardboard covering roughly half of the radiator. It seemed to work fine, and only started to go up on the guage when we stopped to turn around because my wife was getting cold (she only has the protection of a fly screen on her Str 3) I changed the thermostat this summer.
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