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Old 03-25-2009, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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Does your radiator fan run?

When I get back from a ride on my 2008 Versys, if I turn off my bike the radiator fan doesn't run, even if the fan was running at idle before I turned off the bike. My buddy has a yamaha r1 and when he shuts his bike off, the fan will run if its hot.

Is this something the dealer should look at?
Does your versys radiator fan run after the key is removed?
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Old 03-25-2009, 02:07 PM
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I wondered the same thing when I first got the bike. But I've forgotten about it, until I read your post.

I like that the fan turns off with the key. That way the battery will not run down at all.
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I'm sure mine also stops when the key is turned off and engine is stopped. I'd usually wait till the fan stops before turning it off though.
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Another question about the rad:

I've only been able to ride my bike in the pouring rain so far. Whenever I stopped there was a lot of steam coming from the rad. One passerby thought my bike was on fire. I just thought it was because of rain hitting hot components of the bike. Do I have reason to be concerned? It might be a month before I get a chance to ride the bike again.
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That's just the rainwater hitting the hot radiator and turning to steam. No problem.
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Another question about the rad:

I've only been able to ride my bike in the pouring rain so far. Whenever I stopped there was a lot of steam coming from the rad. One passerby thought my bike was on fire. I just thought it was because of rain hitting hot components of the bike. Do I have reason to be concerned? It might be a month before I get a chance to ride the bike again.
Hmm, I've road in the rain quite a bit and never had steam coming from mine. I've had smoke after getting chain oil or motor oil on the exhaust, though.

As far as the OP, I do believe the fans are wired to turn off when the ignition is turned off, judging by the quick glance I gave to the wiring diagrams. There really isn't a need for them to run when the engine is off.
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thanks

thanks for the quick replies.

I've rode in the rain a couple times, and I've never noticed steam coming off my radiator
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I highly recommend some sort of Fenda extenda, not for the steam. But in our climate (I live in Redmond WA 9 months of the year), the middle third of the radiator gets clogged with road crap and when it eventually gets hot, bike could over heat.

I also recommend a good hugger in wet climates, the rear wheel will throw all sorts of crap over the electrical stuff back there. Some on the other Euro/World forum have reported regulator failures due to being covered in wet crud all the time.

I ride 3 months of the year in Palm Desert area, where its often over 100, fan will come on in slow traffic, you can feel it on your right knee. But as soon as you turn off bike-fans stops immediately. Hopefully you'll get a chance to experience this in the next few months

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Whats the difference if the fan runs or not?

The water pump is not turning when the motor's off, so all the fan does is cool the fluid in the radiator, not the motor.

I think it's common for Yamaha's to run on. I had a Yamaha Majesty a while back, did the same thing.

No biggie IMHO.

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That's just the rainwater hitting the hot radiator and turning to steam. No problem.
I agree. Even with the fender extender, the rain here in Oregon get's everywhere!
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yes your fan turns off when your ignition is off... Buells also keep the fan going after you turn them off, I think it is better that way just to cool a super hot engine a little more after you stop but I guess it's not that big of deal... as for the steam, mine does it too, so I don't think it's that big of deal... tonight I noticed that there was steam coming off my headlight, it made me laugh...
anyway speaking of the rain, I don't know if it's just me but I think my idle was barley jumping after I rode quite awhile, I don't know if a little water got into the intake, but I put in some "HEET" with the gas and it seems to be doing fine in the wet now...
the rain is a nice change from snow and I think it's kinda fun to ride in... other then the roads are still coated with salt my bike looks horrible...

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Rrrrring. Rrrrring.
Hello?
Uh, yes, this is Mr. Jones from the Motorcycle Information Council. Is your radiator fan running?
No, my bike's parked.
Oh. Well, what about your refrigerator. Is that running?
Why yes, it is.
Well, then, you better go catch it. [Insert laughter of 12 year olds.]


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