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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-04-2018, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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How hot is too hot?

Will be doing some riding this week and temps are forecast to reach 110 in some areas. I know what I need to worry about (hydration, etc) but at what point do I need to worry about the motor? My bike is an old timey, air-cooled 2010.

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-05-2018, 07:03 AM
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It will be fine as long as you are moving. I wouldnt want to be stuck in traffic and idling at that temp, I would be more worried about myself than the bike.
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Headed out of Wall SD on Friday afternoon headed to Sturgis, bike read 99 degrees ambient temp. Brutal.

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When I am riding in 100 degree plus weather @ 70-75 mph for extended periods on the highway I typically see oil temperatures in the 210-220 degree range. Nothing to worry about with dino oil. One the other hand if I get caught in stop and go traffic I will see upwards of near 300 degrees. When in that situation I need to be running synthetic oils.
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YOU need to be well-hydrated. The bike needs to keep moving to stay cool. If in doubt for either yourself, or the bike, take a break at the nearest restaurant for a big, iced soda and let the engine cool itself off outside! You both with be happier!
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Make that water, not soda. Soda will dehydrate you as well. Itís better than nothing, but water or at least a low sugar sports drink would be good.
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100+ is insanely hot..especially if its humid.

Bike (ultra) has fuel moto ceramic pipe, high flow AC, powervision. Also see 210-230, slow traffic maybe 250ish?

Thought about trying to mod the rear fan thing from the M8 bikes...my thigh does get warm if not on the highway pegs...

for me....When its that crazy I use an airhawk pad, Frogg Togg Chilly Pad Cooling Towel and gatorback with water...and a light colored mesh jacket.

If your arms/skin arent covered you are asking for trouble!!!!.

Airhawk gives me a little airspace between the seat..some folks use beads....

Chilly towel is incredible..sorta like the cooling vest from above, but placed around your neck and shoulders, which has a large amount of blood flow; soak it, leave it wet and it will cool you down, and evaporate over time...rinse, repeat.

The camelback keeps me hydrated, and i use it to re-soak the cooling towel while riding. I have a large capacity camelback, and fill with water and big ice cubes........

Trust me here..on breaks look for (organic) coconut water..its the best...

Oh, and if you have a choice, ride on the lane that is in the shade...really...

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When I am riding in 100 degree plus weather @ 70-75 mph for extended periods on the highway I typically see oil temperatures in the 210-220 degree range. Nothing to worry about with dino oil. One the other hand if I get caught in stop and go traffic I will see upwards of near 300 degrees. When in that situation I need to be running synthetic oils.
At what temperature is the oil/engine considered overheating?

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Guys here in AZ are riding in 110+F all the time. Dont worry about the bike, take care of yourself...
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I would not worry about it. I used to live in Palm Springs area. 120 plus. As long as you are not stuck at idle not moving for 15 minutes or more the bike will be fine and if it does start to over heat you will be able to tell by the way the engine is running. The biggest concern is yourself. Get a white towel to cover the seat when parked. I have a Compcooler vest that I got from amazon which makes a huge difference.
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