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Old 10-17-2013, 10:21 AM   #1
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Is Engine Temperture Normal?

My Kawasaki Ninja 636 2005 runs around 208 degrees in F at idle is that normal or should it be lower?? because its get somewhere around 220F when driving?? any advice.. Answers etc??
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Old 10-17-2013, 10:26 AM   #2
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My Kawasaki Ninja 636 2005 runs around 208 degrees in F at idle is that normal or should it be lower?? because its get somewhere around 220F when driving?? any advice.. Answers etc??
Your initial comment about 208 degrees farenheit at idle sounds percfectly normal. If my bike is idling and just sitting still for an extended period of time, it regularly is over 200 degrees.

Now if you are running at 220 while you are driving, I would say that is more abnormal. Your engine temp should be lower while you ride simply due to the air circulating through the radiator. When I am at the track with the bike pinned at the top of the power band for 20 minute sessions, I run around 185 degrees and that is HARD riding.
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Mine can be 150ish to 200+ish depending on traffic.

No traffic open road, It almost never gets above 165ish.
Stuck in traffic on a hot day, 220 sounds about right.
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Outside temp and climate will affect engine temp as well while idling or riding.

Hotter outside temp means hotter engine temp and vice versa.
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oooh ok I was just worried because it ususally sits around 185 idle when its chill in the morning and I live in GA and winter sort of never comes and yesterday it was a 185 idle but today in the morning its like 65 degree outsite and the temps were at 208.. and I kinda flipped out because its usually around 215 when riding.... but then again I could be because I did a change of oil and filter and the oil I used this time was Castrol Synthetic and not mobil........
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I doubt your oil has anything to do with it.

Have you checked the coolant?
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Just Checked and Yeah It Was The Coolant....
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That is an average idle Temp, depending where you are it can be higher or lower.

Even though the ZX6r is a liquid cool bike it still likes to have air flowing over it, they designed the bike for the track and to always be moving, constantly having air cooling the motor down, not stop and go traffic so you are going to see higher temp levels in traffic. Nothing to bee worried about though.
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That is an average idle Temp, depending where you are it can be higher or lower.

Even though the ZX6r is a liquid cool bike it still likes to have air flowing over it, they designed the bike for the track and to always be moving, constantly having air cooling the motor down, not stop and go traffic so you are going to see higher temp levels in traffic. Nothing to bee worried about though.
If he is not stuck in traffic & seeing temps constantly in the 208-220 range?
Thats not normal.
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Replaced The Coolant and cleaned the system out and put new fresh antifreeze.. Followed one of the guides on how to fully clean a cooling system in the forums after water was coming out clear put anti freeze and etc. now running back 185F idle and 208 Driving
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Replaced The Coolant and cleaned the system out and put new fresh antifreeze.. Followed one of the guides on how to fully clean a cooling system in the forums after water was coming out clear put anti freeze and etc. now running back 185F idle and 208 Driving
Still dont quite understand how your temps are higher while riding. What is the air temp? How fast are you riding? What RPM do you typically cruise at?
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When the weather is COLD (MN October) I run from about 175 degrees up to about 205. When the weather is HOT (85 degrees and warmer) I run at about 225 most of the time.

When it is VERY hot and I'm in stand-still traffic, my engine temp can be in the 230's.

At 240 your engine temp light will start flashing, and at 250 it stops displaying the temperature. At that point you need to pull over and end the ride.
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I Cruise around the city at 6K RPM with around 45MPH in 6th gear lol ....

My Tranny Was rebuilt cause I screwed it up when I was learning my first 2 weeks were basically h---

Running Custom Gear ratios hydraulic clutch, not cable
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I never ever have my bike cruising in 6th gear unless I'm on the freeway. Especially if I'm riding around city, hardly ever take it past 4th. The bike is built to run at high rpms so you're not gonna hurt it by running it that way. However, I too am still baffled at how your engine temp is higher while riding rather than idle. Mine spikes when I come to a stop or a light for a couple minutes, but the second I start riding again it drops
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I Cruise around the city at 6K RPM with around 45MPH in 6th gear lol ....

My Tranny Was rebuilt cause I screwed it up when I was learning my first 2 weeks were basically h---

Running Custom Gear ratios hydraulic clutch, not cable
Don't do this....

You can very easily do 45MPH in 4th gear without damaging your trans. Running 45MPH in 6th gear is forcing your engine to work harder and suck more fuel.

In the city you should hardly ever get out of 3rd gear. It's an inline not a V-twin, you can go up to 10,000 RPM without even phasing the motor or trans. You are the opposite of the guy i hear riding at 50MPH in 2nd gear saying to myself "change gears you ass" I would be telling you to downshift as i hear your engine struggling.
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