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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-12-2019, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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My Dad used to tell me I shouldn't ride an air cooled motorcycle on a really hot day. I live in Pennsylvania and we do have days around 100F. Is he right, could my bike overheat when it's that hot out?

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-12-2019, 07:21 PM
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Not if its moving, and is able to keep moving. I don't ride when its that hot, and I have a air cooled T100, but I have, and sure as hell didn't like it. Pun intended.
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My Dad used to tell me I shouldn't ride an air cooled motorcycle on a really hot day. I live in Pennsylvania and we do have days around 100F. Is he right, could my bike overheat when it's that hot out?

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Air cooled is exactly that, air cooled. Keep it moving and everything will be plenty safe. Sitting in traffic for long periods of time will get it hot but even then I overheat long before the bike does. Where I'm at it's 95+ degrees Fahrenheit this time of year everyday and I ride a couple times a week. For peace of mind you could always grab one of these oil temp gauges that mount where your oil cap is now. I wouldn't sweat it too much (no pun intended in this heat)

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Thanks for the advice, I added that gauge to my watch list. I usually don't have to sit in traffic all that long, maybe 5 minutes.

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I deal with both brutally hot weather and too many traffic signals. I have both the temp gauge shown and an oil pressure gauge on my air cooled America. By watching them I have learned I want to keep my idle speed set above 1000 rpm to keep the oil pressure up on a hot day. If the oil temp runs over 220f. I get out one of my water pumpers and put the air cooled away until the weather cools down. ...J.D.

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These bikes were testedi n every climate on earth, they sold a lot of them in the Asian market. Here in Florida with about to Bonneville owners I have yet to see an "overheated" Benneville. The Mediden Triumphs had no oil cooled had far less oil capacity, had a meager oil pump, these Hinckleys are superb.
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The only time they overheat is when someone leaves it idling in the garage for 45 minutes. 350 mi in the 90s, the bike likes that, did that today. Bike and I were both happy with it.

Like vitesse days, they are designed for it.
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I live in Florida and face 100 degree days on a Daily Basis. I rode Big Bend, TX on a 115 Degree day...I overheated before the bike did. A quality synthetic oil helps ALOT...keep the bike moving...even 15 mph helps. Shut the bike off if you are facing more then a 10 minute stop. The Plastic oil pump gears can melt ruining your day

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Good to know, I sounds like I shouldn't have much to worry about.
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I agree with Duckman. - you usually overheat before the bike does. Us southerners are used to HOT all summer long. As long as your moving its fine but you don't want to stop and idle much longer than a couple of red lights without shutting it off. Use synthetic oil and keep yourself hydrated. Fall's coming!
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