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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-19-2018, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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Oil Cooled a problem for long distance touring?

I'm wanting to buy a RGS which has the oil cooled engine as opposed to the RGU which is liquid cooled. I will be adding a tourpack and riding 2-up and long distance touring in the summertime. I want the RGS so I can get the Industrial Gray Denim with blacked out motor. I have read that the oil cooled system is not as efficient as the liquid cooled. My question for the forum is, will I have a problem with the RGS running hot while loaded down, driving long and hard in the hot summertime?
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Simple answer; NO!!

Up until the "shower head" motors, touring motors were always only oil/air cooled.

You can do more modifications easily to the oil/air cooled motor and many many many many hundreds of thousands of miles, millions even have been put on those motors without any trouble.

Buy the RGS in the color you want, add the tourpak and any other accessories you want and ride it.

If you are travelling in the south of AZ in the extreme heat in the summer you might consider 20W60 oil but otherwise, pick a good synthetic 20W50 oil after break in and change it religiously along with the primary and trans fluid and ride it


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Simple answer; NO!!

Up until the "shower head" motors, touring motors were always only oil/air cooled.

You can do more modifications easily to the oil/air cooled motor and many many many many hundreds of thousands of miles, millions even have been put on those motors without any trouble.

Buy the RGS in the color you want, add the tourpak and any other accessories you want and ride it.

If you are travelling in the south of AZ in the extreme heat in the summer you might consider 20W60 oil but otherwise, pick a good synthetic 20W50 oil after break in and change it religiously along with the primary and trans fluid and ride it


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Till the water bagger came along they were all air/oil only , will be just fine .. personally I do not want a water bagger ...........
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If you think you will be caught in stop and go traffic a lot because you are planning to tour all the major cities in the US, then you can add the cooling fans like the lovejugs to help you out.

I had the '16 RGU and now have the '18 Special and no regrets. The non removable lowers on the Ultra made the ride hotter for me because of lack of air flow. Now I can add the lowers in the winter and take them off for the summer.
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the newer bikes also have available a fan for the oil cooler, that helps when stuck in stop n go traffic.
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I love air/oil cooled bikes.
You have added weight and complexity with a liquid cooled engine on a HD touring. And, you are married to having lowers.
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the newer bikes also have available a fan for the oil cooler, that helps when stuck in stop n go traffic.
Just bought this for my RGS. Have not tried it yet but I figure if it drops the oil temp it can't hurt engine longevity. I am also hoping (thought probably not likely) that it will reduce the furnace on my leg when I get stuck in traffic, maybe a little bit. So if you are worried about engine heat that is another option for you.
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the newer bikes also have available a fan for the oil cooler, that helps when stuck in stop n go traffic.

I don't know about the M-8 engines, but on the Twin Cam Road Glides you can install the Road Glide Ultra oil pan and increase you oil capacity by 1.5 quarts, from 3.5 to 5 quarts.

The extra oil will help the engine run cooler.
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