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It would be nice to know the corresponding temperature for each bar. Maybe the scale is awkward. Clearly, having 5 out of 6 bars is normal as the bike is often in that range. I don't think it'll be an issue in the long run.

Would be nice to know if other Kawasaki models display temperature in the same fashion, like the Ninja 300/400, etc.
https://www.ninja400riders.com/foru...iscussion/1481-normal-engine-temperature.html

https://www.ninja400riders.com/foru...ts-issues-problems/2953-bike-overheating.html
 

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My son and I went on a Father's Day weekend ride over the Talimena Scenic Drive in the Winding Stair Mountains (really just hills) in southeastern Oklahoma. Lots of up-down hills and twisties. The temps were in the low 90's, but slightly cooler at the upper elevations. Several times during the ride my son reported that the temp gauge was one bar from the top. (4 of 5, or 5 of 6, can't remember for certain) He never got the temp warning light and once the road flattened out and straightened out the gauge dropped at least 2 bars. We only rode about 45-55 mph. After reading this thread, I'm wondering if I should be concerned or not.
largely normal based on my rides. go out and enjoy and worry about the national debt if you just have to freak out about something.
 

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I'm chiming in here to say I've noticed the bars being all the way to one up from maximum as well, but this happened months ago in traffic when it was warmer out and I was out with the bike for over an hour. I never went for the first service so I may have voided my warranty. I changed the oil myself. It's a 2017 300

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Climbing up a dirt mountain road, I am at 5 bars. I don't like that too much since this is the type of riding I got the bike for. As long as it's normal, I'm good. If it gets to 6, I may not be so fond of it. Hoping 5 of 6 is the max I ever see.
 

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Thanks for the help.

I discovered it’s a fan issue! After reaching high temps again, I turned off the engine but kept the accessories on, so in theory, the fan should kick in for a bit, it DOES NOT. The fuse is fine so I’m taking her to the dealer ASAP.

Thanks everyone once more, but man, I still love the bike.
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Where in the central Valley are you at? I am in Fresno.
 

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Anyone else have any follow-ups on this? It's summer now and mine gets kind of uncomfortably hot at one bar from the top, 5/6 bars. Called the dealer and they want to charge me for a diagnosis. I might go there in person to demand they look at it for free as it's not quite a year since I've bought it. It doesn't have 2,000 miles on it yet. I changed the oil at 700 miles but never touched the coolant.

Kindly give me a brief summary someone of what has been linked to this problem.

1) The fan not turning on. (I think this is my issue)

2) bad coolant temperature sensor

3) trying a different coolant and mixing it yourself with distilled water at 70/30.

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Any other aftermarket fans available maybe better than the one that comes with the bike?

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Freeze point

instead of buying a 50/50 diluted coolant, buy distilled water and 100% concentrated coolant, mix it yourself 30/70 (30% coolant, 70% distilled water), it will cool your engine much better.
Two things, make sure it is aluminum approved and the freeze point, yes the less the coolant the more heat transfer you get, but you don't want to have your coolant freeze, as it will be by by engine. The distilled water is also important.
 
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I’m not setup for drinks, but my top box works great for a sack of white castles, Chinese, or a couple entrees bagged up. Does a good job of retaining heat actually. Going in hasn’t been an option for a while. Yeah, you can do drive thru food on a bike 👍 Shut it down when placing your order or they can’t hear sh!t
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I'm betting that nothing is wrong. When I picked up mine it was a pretty warm day in Arizona (100) and the road back was assorted stop and go frontage roads. It went up to the fifth bar frequently on the 40 minute rid home and I was too initially concerned and double checked the coolant level which BTW they could improve on that.

I had an opportunity as well when in the dealer for something else and they double checked the coolant level too as it was fine. I have also addressed this question in another post here and many others have relayed that its completely normal. I wouldn't worry about it.

Another thread: (11) Temp gauge running high Versys x 300 | Kawasaki Versys Forum
 

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My temp gauge rises when going up hills in warm weather.(30-ishC) Then drops to the middle as soon as speed picks up.

My take? The system is designed to work with a minimum of weight. Ie. small efficient radiator.

The fan will keep it cool if necessary.
 

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I‘be been riding 14/48 gearing a few weeks. It’s been a very good experience, until the mid-upper 90s temps hit this week.
My commute is mostly freeway, with 75-80 mph the norm. The 5th temp bar comes on occasionally at cruising speed. It’s sensitive to drafting, not tailgating. Gas mileage dropped about 3.5 mpg. So I’ve decided to revert to stock. Maybe even try 15/48 next time I visit my buddy with an air impact.
On the positive side, power delivery has increased significantly! For tooling around at speeds up to 60ish mph, it’s the 💩. Dirt roads are awesome! In fact, less rpms are needed in many circumstances as the “little engine that could” pulls the lower rpm range much better. But I don’t want to run hot on a regular basis and burn it up prematurely on my high speed commutes.
 
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