Running temperature woes.... someone come pat me on the back and tell me its ok....
Alright guys, I think from the day I got my RC I have searched over heating things, and Ive got the basics covered.
I guess I am posting just cause I want more peace of mind.
So when I got my Rc, It was fine because it was a bit cooler out.
Now that we are starting to get some 80 degree days it has been a bit different.
Riding one day and seemingly running extra warm (240deg)
A bit more in town cruising and BING 255! I immediately pull over and let her cool down.
Then I head home about 3 miles away and as I am pulling up 255 again!
SHIT. So I pull the fairings off to inspect, and I notice I am significantly low on coolant, which is somewhat of a relief cause I know thats why I am over heating. But now wondering where my coolant has gone, as there is zero signs of a head gasket problem, and no leakage....
Anywho, top it off she runs well right around 200-210 maybe 220 at times.
Seems to confirm all ive read.
then a week later, I am riding and I see temps creeping back up to 230 area and then even back up to 240.... WTF
So I head home and notice a decent leak coming from underneath the bike.
Pull the fairings again, and notice a gian glob of JB weld stuck to the radiator that I must have not noticed before.
Pull the radiator, scrape away all the JB weld, found the small hairline crack in the runner they tried to repair. Opened it up, used some aluminum brazing on her and sealed her up shut!
Topped it back off with coolant. and right at 180 she stayed, and of course the occasional 200-215 in traffic.
Seems to be all well, no leaks decent temp etc.
NOW yesterday was about 85 degrees, I was out riding and she got up to 225 and when I got moving she started to slowly crawl back down to 218 220 when the fans kicked on at a stop she stayed right there or at least VERY slowly increased.
Then hovered around 220-225 while cruising in 35 mph traffic and stop lights people in front of me etc.
I assumed this was pretty normal for how warm it was outside and the traffic I was in with stopping etc.
Well this morning it was about 60 degrees, I got about 3 blocks from home and she was already at 175,
Then another mile or so Im at 210, then by the time I am about 5 miles out Im already at 220. Its still only 62 degrees out or so, and not much traffic was about 7am.
This morning in the 60 deg temps, she never went over 220.
So heres my thing.
Someone tell me this is normal so I stop being paranoid. hahaha
It seems she is VERY quick to warm up, and VERY quick to get to 220.
When its HOT out she can still manage to stay around that 225 area comfortably and when I get moving with no one in front of me she cools down properly and sits around 220 ish.
I am afraid that maybe I didnt get the leak sealed all the way and the more I ride I may be loosing a tiny bit of coolant as it kind of seems like she is getting up to temp a bit quicker now.
I have to make a 1.5 hour (one way) ride tomorrow, and I am just a bit nervous.
I am going to check the coolant levels tonight after work to make sure I am still good to go.
But I guess I am just looking for some seasoned RC owners to chirp in and tell me:
Yes: It only takes a few mins to get up to a normal temp while riding.
Yes: it is normal in warm weather to rest around 215-230 while in rural traffic settings.
Yes: even in 60 degree temps the bike SHOULD reach and maintain 220 deg.
I may be just paranoid but my baby has 30k miles or so, and I know heat kills motors I want to make sure she is good.
Thanks in advance guys.