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Old 07-30-2009, 07:13 AM   #1
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air cooled vs liquid cooled?

To me liquid cooled bike is the way to go. I know several Harley riders that complain thier bikes get awfully close to overheating when sitting at red lights here in town during the summer. I'd really prefer a liquid cooled bike but there sure are a lot of nice air cooled models. I'm looking at an 05 Victory Vegas (air cooled), a Yamaha Warrior (air cooled).

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Uh.......air cooled bikes are simpler
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It depends on the bike and the oil system, and also quantity of oil in the bike.

Mine is an air cooled bike, however it does have a small oil cooler that really helps keep it in a good temp range. Hasn't overheated on me yet, even in standstill traffic in the middle of summer. It however does run a bit hotter than a liquid cooled bike, obviously.

Air cooled bikes are much simpler to work on and really it is one less thing to worry about maintaining when it comes to bikes. If you get an air cooled bike, I'd suggest looking for some type of oil cooler for it.
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To me liquid cooled bike is the way to go. I know several Harley riders that complain thier bikes get awfully close to overheating when sitting at red lights here in town during the summer. I'd really prefer a liquid cooled bike but there sure are a lot of nice air cooled models. I'm looking at an 05 Victory Vegas (air cooled), a Yamaha Warrior (air cooled).

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My bike is air cooled and I've never had any problems with it in the blazing Houston summers. Simple to work on, and good looking. If it was me I'd get the Victory, then you can ride around on August 14th with your head held high.
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Unless you're going to be doing a LOT of commuting (sitting in traffic), it really shouldn't matter. The Raider is air cooled and I've never had an issue in any way. And it looks better.
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Watercooling allows a more precise control of the engine functions which can also add to more optimal induction. In theory the cooling also prevents overheating damage and prolong the life of the engine.

The HondaGoldwings hit the 300kmls group on watercooled. That was a few years ago, I believe someone ought to be close to 400k on original engine/tranny soon.
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I have to disagree here. I;ve had both. The Liquid cools blow hot air on you when the fans are running.
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To me liquid cooled bike is the way to go. I know several Harley riders that complain thier bikes get awfully close to overheating when sitting at red lights here in town during the summer. I'd really prefer a liquid cooled bike but there sure are a lot of nice air cooled models. I'm looking at an 05 Victory Vegas (air cooled), a Yamaha Warrior (air cooled).

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how about an 08 victory kingpin 8-ball... its in the for sale section!
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