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    2003 k1200gt temperature gauge

    Thanks for the assistance to all. Question on if my temperature gauge.

    Picture show just a bit above the center line on the gauge. Temp outside today 85, dry. Riding about an hour low neighborhood speeds 25-30 mph. Just practicing my riding. New rider, new bike.

    This GT was sending off a lot of heat. Not unbearable, just noticed it. Engine cooling fan running fine. Recent self oil change.

    Probably due for 2 year brake fluid change. Probably two years on the cooling fluids too. I think it was in the shop Dec 2017 but might have been prior year.

    Just wondering your experiences.


    Regards

    John
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    Debbie's Servant Lee's Avatar
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    My gauge and my wife's gauge would run a little past the half mark at highway speeds.
    I'm surprised your gauge did not go higher when riding 25 for an hour.
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    Past BMW Bikes: 2011 K1300S, 2003 K1200RS, 1991 K75S, 1987 K75T, 1984 R100RT

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    didn't touch red area

    Thank you for the comment. Temp didn't get much further than the picture shown. I will keep an eye on it.

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    Right about there on mine the fans kick on. The bike makes a lot of heat, worst of it seems to come from the cat. My left foot bakes in stop-and-go traffic. Riding solo in heavy traffic, Iíll put the left pillon peg down and use it when moving to keep my foot out of the oven..

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    Debbie's Servant Lee's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    My gauge and my wife's gauge would run a little past the half mark at highway speeds.
    .
    Guess my memory is failing
    This picture shows the needle at the half mark.
    Air temp in the mid 80s and cruise set at 80 mph.

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    Lee
    2016 R1200RS
    MOA # 30878
    Past BMW Bikes: 2011 K1300S, 2003 K1200RS, 1991 K75S, 1987 K75T, 1984 R100RT

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    Gotta love the Arizona / California desert in winter! I can see 80 mph would generate enough breeze to cool the GT down to normal.

    I was guessing someone would say my thermostat needs changing (2003 model 26k miles). Changing it to let in more flow. My next question was on how hard to do it myself vs dealer's next visit with the brake fluid change. I don't look forward to brake bleeding and ABS.

    I sure did notice how hot the engine blows to the left side. Useful to me about the oven experience on the K1200GT. I am just learning. Good to have you guys around to advise.

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