Hi All, cheers for the replies, just thought some might find it interesting!
Yeah I wouldn't think twice about taking my FI Bird out these days. It gets to 102 C in stop and go traffic when it's 15 C out, now with 30 C I don't even want to know. How do those Harleys cope without wind from riding?
It was horrible - I actually drunk 4 Litres of water...and not one drop of piss left my body!!!
They couldn't have been real harleys, perhaps electric bikes with an exhaust stereo system :evilaugh:
was that the Busa hearse?
It was the other sadly - a mate said he rode with the Busa Hearse on the motorway...at speeds that I shouldn't mention publicly, but lets say redline in 5th on a litre bike!
You should put in a manual fan switch. That way you can turn the fan on and start cooling before it gets hot. It makes a big difference when you can keep it cool, than trying to cool it. I would say your bike in those conditions with a fan start early might only reach around 93-98c.
I've been in 37-43c temps and the bike never got over 98 setting in traffic. Cools off faster also. Just leave the fan on for a mile.
Heat is not a friend to engines.
Do you know, when I had a TL1000S that was one of the most common of mod's, because they didn't like heat either. I would be tempted to do it, but that's the first time it's ever got that hot, the other time was in London and 114C, I just pulled over for a smoke while it cooled. At the moment, the fan cuts in at 98C and doesn't switch off until it's returned to that....I do like the idea of the temp being below 98C no matter how high the ambient is though...hmmm.
132c is 269F. That is HOT!
Ive seen 242F before but nothing higher.
You may want to try a new radiator cap.
My buddies Harley was next to me on a hot day, my VFR800 was at 200F when I glanced over at his oil dipstick temp gauge. It was just over 375F.... I don't know how those air cooled bikes don't self destruct!
Hmm, good point about the filler cap, I did inspect and it seemed fine. Perhaps something to add to the 'keep for spare' box!
Jesus that's a hot harley, it must be able to tolerate it because of the amount of pig iron they use to make the engines, or something like that!