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So I've noticed that even here in cool and moist Seattle, my cooling fan seems to run quite a bit around town. I hear it when I pull up to a stop sign. I don't know if it is running while I'm on the freeway or not, but I would hope not.

Is it normal for the fan to be needing to run even in the winter around town? Makes me wonder how in the world the bike will stay cool in the summer. Temps now about 40 degrees. What about 90 degrees? Should I be concerned?

I have checked, and the coolant is full and new and does not leak or get burned. Steady coolant level for almost 1,000 miles now.

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I hardly ever hear my fan kick itself on unless I'm in stop and go... hot Florida summertime traffic.

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It's not necessarily indicative of an issue. I've been in chilly weather and still get the fan if I'm doing a lot of stop & go without much sustained higher speed riding. Even on a cold day, airflow through the radiator is really the only way the bike stays at the appropriate temperature. If there's no airflow, fan kicks in.

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I've never heard mine kick in, & I have been out on 90'f temps,so has mine got the opposite problem of yours?
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It's not necessarily indicative of an issue. I've been in chilly weather and still get the fan if I'm doing a lot of stop & go without much sustained higher speed riding. Even on a cold day, airflow through the radiator is really the only way the bike stays at the appropriate temperature. If there's no airflow, fan kicks in.
I agree...not necessarily an issue, particularly since your coolant level is full and remaining consistent. My fan has come on the past couple of weeks in 40-50 degree temps...always a result of relatively extended periods of not moving. I seriously doubt your fan is coming on while on the freeway. And, just because your fan comes on in cooler temps doesn't mean you will have problems in hot weather. I've ridden my V mid-summer through Arizona and Nevada in 120+ degree temps without any overheating issues whatsoever--at least with the bike!

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If it comes on and off its working.

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Yes he's right, I know mine Didn't come on at all. Kawasaki wants $450.00 for that stupid fan. I found one on E-bay for $16.00 form a 650 Ninja. Plugged right up and bolted right on.

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Well thanks for the thoughts. I know car mechanics quite well, but this is my first bike and so wasn't sure. With no temperature gauge or anything I don't know how you would even know if it was overheating. Maybe our bikes have an idiot light I have seen because it hasn't overheated.

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Yes he's right, I know mine Didn't come on at all. Kawasaki wants $450.00 for that stupid fan. I found one on E-bay for $16.00 form a 650 Ninja. Plugged right up and bolted right on.
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Good question. I have often wondered the same thing. I have always kept my bike in good working order and I have noticed the fan seems to come on quite a bit. Having said that nothing seems to be wrong so I did not question it much.

On second thoughts if it does begin to fail what should I look out for?
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Does yours have a radiator guard, which reduces air flow? How many years old is your coolant? Idle speed is set to 1,300 rpm?
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...Maybe our bikes have an idiot light I have seen because it hasn't overheated.
Yes they do. It's mentioned on page 29 of the Owners Manual, and is just left of the "4" on the tach.

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I don't think I've ever heard my fan kick on in cold weather, but the stop and go riding I do usually has a lot of longer trips in between stops. Even when it kicks in in the summer, it'll kick off after 10 or 20 seconds, at a stop light.
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