Main Motorcycle: 2010 Triumph Tiger 1050
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: North Texas
Other Motorcycle: 2013 Street Triple R
Extra Motorcycle: 2012 Triumph America
The coolant circulates to the engine from the radiator when the thermostat opens. I don't know the factory thermostat heat setting, but to get coolant circulating sooner, you would need a lower temp thermostat. That would allow coolant to circulate through the engine at a lower temperature. This may not lower you running temperature in very hot weather, however, if the cooling system is not capable of keeping the coolant temp at the thermostat temp.
As an example, I have a 180 degree F thermostat in one of my classic cars. Coolant/engine temp stays at 180 degrees when the weather temp is mild or winter. But here in Texas, we get many 100 degree plus days and the coolant/engine temp stays at over 200 degrees with the a/c on. My option is to get a bigger, aluminun radiator that has enough cooling capacity to keep the coolant temp at the thermostat temp.
Hope this helps explain.
'71 Tiger, restored and beautiful
2009 DRZ 400 SM, BB Kit, Stage 2 Cams, 39 mm Carb, MRD/SSW Pipe (Currently poising as a Dual Sport)
Tiger 1050, HyperPro Racing Rear, RaceTech Front, Arrow Race, 20546 Tune, Madstad, Airbox Mod, Krista's