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Engine oil temp? At what temp do you pull over?

At what engine oil temperature do you get worried?

At what temp do you pull over?

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I guess with an oil cooler and fan this thought never crossed my mind, but since I'm curious I'm going to subscribe.

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If I'm at highway speed, it's a non issue. it is, after all, an air cooled engine. If your oil temp gets high enough to even consider pulling over, you have problems that pulling over won't fix.

Last time I was rolling through the Badlands, it was 106 degrees, and the bike ran fine.

If I'm stuck sitting, like a train crossing, I switch the bike off. I also tend to avoid cities, so I don't get stuck in traffic. So for the OP, just don't go North East .......But if you do, just activate your EITMS.








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Don't sweat it. I've rode mine through the desert in Aug. +105 degrees at 90 to 95 mph, sometimes faster, from tank to tank. We would pull over when it started to rattle. Let it cool down & do it all over again. Never had any problems. I suggest you don't get a oil temp gauge, you'll be pulling over every 50 miles. That's why I have the extended warranty.


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I've never worried about it. Now that my bike can shut down the rear cylinder if it gets to warm, I figure it is doing what it was designed to do.
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Don't sweat it. I've rode mine through the desert in Aug. +105 degrees at 90 to 95 mph, sometimes faster, from tank to tank. We would pull over when it started to rattle. Let it cool down & do it all over again. Never had any problems. I suggest you don't get a oil temp gauge, you'll be pulling over every 50 miles. That's why I have the extended warranty.
Your quote about pulling over when it starts to rattle? Can you explain?
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My oil temperature usually gets to 300 on my gauge here in sunny Florida where the outside temp is normally in the 90s. Lots of stop and go with the many traffic lights. Mothers day ride to Cape Coral and then down through Fort Myers beach, 300 degrees oil. No "rattling" or engine problems. Of course, tuned with Power Vision. I do know that my oil temperature is a lot higher with the Woods 555 cams then original with no cat, stage one air and Rush exhaust.


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Stop worrying and just ride it. This is not HD's first rodeo with heat management!

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Your quote about pulling over when it starts to rattle? Can you explain?
I think he was talking about his brains

You'll over heat before the bike does.

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I was watching my engine oil temp yesterday. Then started asking other guys with us what their temps were and was surprised by the variation in temps.

85*f temps. Bikes were all twin cam baggers 96ci-117ci. All the bikes are tuned and one way or another modified. 230* oil temp to 290* oil temps were seen. Every bike was heavily loaded running 45-90 mph roads 2 up.

Dino and synthetic oils were both in use.

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I thought I would take a poll and see at what oil temperature you get nervous and at what oil temperature you pull over...

Please mention whether you are using Dino or synthetic...

Just seeing what everyone is comfortable with! :teeth:


I will go first! :
I am running dino 60wt engine oil and I am comfortable with the high of 230* I have seen.

I am thinking pulling over or changing riding style to lower temps at 285* would be prudent if I ever saw that temperature. I am not worried about the oil as much as head temps(valve seats) and bearing damage.

Before the heat of summer hits the wards fan and oil cooler fans will get mounted and set to turn on at 210* oil temp. Not for everyone but that is what I am comfortable with.

I have had an unbelievable amount of responses to this question on other forums and talking to buddies. I have now spoke to 3 different engineers about oil breakdown...

Universally with Dino oil they are nervous above a sustained 285* and on most synthetics 315* seems to be the cringe point.

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