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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-02-2013, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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Hello from British Columbia

I've got a blue 2008 Versys that I've begun to farkle out. So far I've got widened mirror mounts, an Evotech radiator guard and an aftermarket windscreen. I'm still waiting on my DMV Moto crash bars, Peak Life GPS and Acerbis Dual Road handguards. I'm also considering luggage options.

So far I've put about 2000km on the bike in the month I've owned it and I absolutely love it.

I've been a long time forum lurker, but I joined because I have a quick question to ask. I know this isn't the right place to ask technical questions, but because I can only post here for another 48 hours, I'll ask anyways.

Yesterday I pulled over to adjust my earplugs and after about ten minutes of the bike sitting idle, the high temp light came on. I immediately shut off the bike and let it cool down. I checked the coolant reservoir and it looked good, so as soon as the bike was cool, I hit the highway to get air through the rad and for the rest of my three hour ride I didn't have a problem.

Today I decided to get down to the issue. I narrowed it down to the fan. I bench tested it and it didn't spin. I took it apart and it's looking nasty. As per a suggestion on this forum, I ordered a Ninja 650 fan from Ebay for $50.

It's worth noting that both I, and the previous owner both live in rural areas with no traffic/traffic lights. This is the first time I've done any extended idling since I installed the rad guard.

What I'm concerned about is how long the previous owner had been riding around with the fan broken and if I should be concerned about any possible engine damage. I'm hoping that because neither of us spend much time idling, the fan wouldn't even come on often. Maybe I'm just being paranoid.

I look forward to posting and contributing to the forums.

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The only issue I could think of if it has been running hot for a while is the oil breaking down. It wouldn't hurt to be on the safe side and change it just because.
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+1 On the oil change. They're dreadfully reliable motors, so just keep an eye on it and you should be fine.


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Thanks for the welcome guys.

I'm planning on changing the oil. If it looks like chocolate milk, I'll know I'm in trouble.
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Ditto on the oil...I would always change the oil when buying a used bike anyways...nice to know you've done it right yourself.

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New here. Haven't had mine long enough to have changed the oil yet. But, usually you can take off the filler cap and peek into the engine case with a flashlight. If you see a beautiful amber or dark amber "seasoning", I wouldn't worry about it. If, on the other hand, you see black or (worse) cake'y crusty black crap..... then its probably time to do a leakdown/compression test. The rings would probably damage first, so a L/C test would reveal if you need to consider other options. Hope this helps! Good luck with it!
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