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Frequency of Radiator fan cycling on

I'm riding a 2009 V in Tucson, Az. HOT! How often does your radiator fan cycle on when riding in town? Please tell me your experience on your bike in your summer locale. Mine cycles on quite frequently.
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I am in Southern Ontario and mine cycles quite frequently.
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In Cali on hot days when stopped it comes on pretty regular.

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I think you'd be in a much worse scenario if it WASN'T turning on all the time in Tucson!


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Mine never turned on in 100+ degrees riding. Turns out the fan was broken...
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Mine comes on whenever the engine temp reaches the temperature that causes the fan switch to activate. If I am riding downtown in traffic, that might occur more often than if I am riding backroads at a moderate speed, and a lot more often than when I am riding 55 out in the boonies.

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Good topic guys.

I now have over 2,000 miles on my 2013 V and do no remember ever hearing the cooling fan coming on. Had a couple of rides on reasonably hot days and do not remember hearing anything. Is it loud enough to hear??

I used to hear the fans on the KLR 650 but the fan on the Voyageur was really quiet. You had to really listen for it.

I had best get this checked out before I head down into southern Wisconsin next month.
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I don't notice it unless I'm stopped (at a traffic light...). Suggest you ride a bit on a hot day, then stop, engine running, for a bit till it comes on, then you'll know.

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I think you'd be in a much worse scenario if it WASN'T turning on all the time in Tucson!
I ride with earplugs and full face helmet. I never heard it until the day I got the radiator flushed and filled and let it idle with my headgear off. It came on every minute or so. I took it back to the shop and they replaced the thermostat but it still will cycle on every couple of minutes. The coolant level seems correct. This particular shop was the worst service I have ever suffered BTW.

Another shop used a heat sensing digital probe and the temps at the radiator and block seem in normal range so I just live with the fan cycling frequently in town.

But my OCD kicks in because I never listened for the fan before the refill and the lousy service and now have it in my head it cycles too often.
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Sounds normal to me -- but for piece of mind if you had one of those infared tempetature testers , you can get them anywhere and are usefull to have. hit your rad area with the dot and look for the fan to cut in and out at a consistant temp range . Turning on when temp rises and cutting out when temp falls. If the Fan is just cutting in and out all over the place or range then I would say you have a issue...
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Mine never came on...it was DOA. Both the Versys and KLR now cycle on and off.

Things are so hot here right now I dug out my white RF1000 hoping for any help I can get. I did go fishing yesterday caught 3 trout...they were half cooked!

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Fan coming on

Never noticed my fan coming on ever. Used to hear the KLR all the time. Guess I will check to see if it is working?
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Its hot here now too and the fan comes on and off all the time! My car does the same thing! Must be trying to cool the temperature down.


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Its hot here now too and the fan comes on and off all the time! My car does the same thing! Must be trying to cool the temperature down.
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I live in Ohio and I have never heard my fan turn on. What is the best way to test the fan? Can I jump the wires and bypass the sensor just to see if it works? I commute to and from work which is probably about a half hour ride one way. After I shut off the bike I can really feel the heat coming off the engine. An this in on some mornings that the temperature is 50. But my temperature warning light has never come on. Suggestions anyone?

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I jumped 12v to the fan leads and when it didn't turn on knew I had a problem. I could tap the fan motor and it'd try and spin but that was all. On the 2nd gen the plug to the fan is on the left side next to the radiator hid behind the plastic radiator cover.

BUT I'd fire up the bike and let it idle first, the fan is very quiet. I't should click on in about 5-10 mins. I don't think it will run at all without the key on so turning the key off and the motor will heat soak and you will feel the heat big time.

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I'm riding a 2009 V in Tucson, Az. HOT! How often does your radiator fan cycle on when riding in town? Please tell me your experience on your bike in your summer locale. Mine cycles on quite frequently.
This is normal. I would switch to a 15W-50 or 20W-50 oil as it will perform better in the heat. Just be aware that you should not use 20W-50 at temperatures below ~50F. The absolute min. start temp in the service manual for 20W-50 is 32F. 10W-40 is the default viscosity recommendation from Kawasaki but not the only recommended viscosity and this will vary by local climate. See the manual for oil vs temp recommendations.

If you let the bike idle the fan will come on after a few minutes as air is not flowing past the engine to cool it. It's normal for it to come on in stop and go traffic or slow riding. If it stays on continuously though your engine may be getting too hot. Not sure, but does the Versys have an over heating idiot light?

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OK, this morning I decided to change my coolant and clean my air filter. Wow to do this you really have to take half the bike apart! Anyway I found out my fan does work. I drained the coolant and then filled with just water and ran the bike at idle for a while. The fan did kick on after awhile. No wonder I never heard it turn on, it's very quiet. I don't think I would ever hear it while riding the bike but it sure blows a lot of hot air out the right side. Drained the water and added about a 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and all is well. I feel better now that I know it kicks on when needed.

I grew up riding dirt bikes and dual sports and compared to the Versys, cleaning the air filters on any of those was a piece of cake. I can't believe the Kawasaki engineers couldn't come up with something better on the Versys.

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Glad your fan works, you are too just don't know it, as they cost $450.00 at the dealer!

The good thing on the Versys, air filter wise, is you don't need to clean it weekly. But it is a PITA to get at.

I had a Buell and we had a saying..."Loud Fans Save Lives" if you ever hear the fan on a XB kick in make sure you have ear plugs handy.

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