Warning – longish post.
So I went out for first ride of the season (yes - that is lame, but this is not the point of the post).
First cool-ish day we've had here in a couple of weeks (rare May heat wave in southern Ontario) and the ambient temps were 13-14C (roughly 60F).
During the first part of the ride - I thought I noticed the bike running warmer than usual - was doubting myself as this is only the 2nd season with the 2017 (had a 2013 prior with no temperature "bars". Never go to the top, so I put it down to me being a Nervous Nelly.
Well, should have listened to my gut as on my way home, I got stuck behind some slow moving traffic in a 40km/h (25MPH) zone and when I pulled up to a stop sign, the gauge went to the top and the red light came on.
I immediately pulled over and turned the bike off.
Waited for 20 minutes or so, noticed the temps were back down and headed home - luckily it was cool and I was able to the bikes temps down by keeping RPMs down and the ride was across country roads with very few stops.
“Luckily” the dealer where I bought the bike new last spring was on the way and was still open.
I brought it there to see what they could find.
(The factory warranty ended on March 31st. The salesman said they would figure something out with Kawasaki Canada. We'll see.)
Bike only has 6000km (3700 miles) and this was my first ride in 2018.
The only thing that I did between putting it away and riding yesterday was change the oil.
I do have a R&G rad guard on the bike, but I put it on straight away last year and rode all summer/fall with it on and no issues.
I also had the exact same guard on my 2013 for 3 seasons and never had an issue.
So they rode it today and couldn’t replicate the issue. The fan came on as it should when the gauge went to the one second from the top and the temp dropped back down a bar. Also, they indicated that there were no error codes registered by the ECU indicating that it had ever overheated. But it definitely did.
Going to pick the bike up tomorrow – but to be honest, not sure that I trust it not happening again.
I have this bike to go for 4-5 hour rides and week long trips.
Not being able to rely on it is not going to work for me.
Feeling pretty stranded and bummed out right now…