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Old 08-28-2010, 10:26 AM   #1
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Hello mh i was wondering if anybody could help me. I went downtown last weekend with a friend just to cruise and while we were down ther i looked down and saw the bike was starting to get hot. I told my friend and we started to leave downtown an dwhen we got moving it started cooling off. It got real hot tho, the needle went almost to the top but as soon as i started moving it started cooling. I didn't have any more problems for the rest of the night but we were steady moving. I checked the coolant and topped it off just to make sure and then i rode to work thursday and on the way home in traffic it started to overheat again. I have had the bike for about six months now and but 5k on it and it has never overheated on me not in the least bit the needle has never went passed halfway until that night. Does anybody have any idea what this could be? The bike is an '03 busa.
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Well, I'll drop my 2 cent. It did happen on my zx10; but it was in bad, rush hour for like 45 minutes and smoking was coming out too (that when I realized it was my bike lol). I let it cool off; drove home check coolant and no leaks (odo was 19K miles); I never had problem since til I sold it about 23K miles.
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Pretty typical for a Busa in traffic.
Did your fans come on?
Being that it's an '03, I'd recommend replacing the coolant if it's never been done.
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Pretty typical for a Busa in traffic.
Did your fans come on?
Being that it's an '03, I'd recommend replacing the coolant if it's never been done.



What he said!! Also I put a manual fan switch on mine so in traffic and slow moving I can flip it on n not even worry about it
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thanks guys for all the help and the coolant was just changed about 1500 miles ago when i had the rest of the bike serviced it was just weird that it did it that night and never before even in traffic. But if it is typical or normal then i will be less worried thanks again for the help.
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It happens but if u don't make it to were it doesn't over heat u will damage the motor and or cause it to lock up, throw a rod....ect....
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Also u said it was just changed, what kind of coolant was used?
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thanks guys for all the help and the coolant was just changed about 1500 miles ago when i had the rest of the bike serviced it was just weird that it did it that night and never before even in traffic. But if it is typical or normal then i will be less worried thanks again for the help.
You may have a small leak from a rock or whoever changed it may have done it improperly if you had to top it off. They may have just drained it, refilled, and just closed it. This is not the proper way because you can leave air in the system.

The first thing I would try is take the radiator cap off and start the bike. Let it get to around 175-180f and you should see the radiator fluid level go down (when the thermostat opens). Top it off a little more. If you rev the bike, you should see the level go down while the RPM's are up, and come back (and possibly overflow a little) when you let off the gas. This is normal and let's you know it is working properly. Don't let it get too hot or you will have a mess.

If it starts overheating a lot, check your thermostat (you can remove it and put in water. While slowly heating the water, stick a thermometer in and make sure it opens all the way at the correct temp).

I put the silicone hose kit on my bike and it made basically zero difference and was a waste of money IMO. I went with the fan override switch which helped tremendously. You can opt for supercool by water wetter, or equivalent (Motul works well, Engine Ice has not worked well for me) in lieu of standard antifreeze. Or go 50/50 with distilled water.
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manual switch, distilled water, and water wetter. ftw
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Pretty typical for a Busa in traffic.
Did your fans come on?
Being that it's an '03, I'd recommend replacing the coolant if it's never been done.
Yea.. When I get caught up in traffic, same with mine. But if you are on hayabusa.org, you'll see sever (especially genI's) are noted for this.
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I put water wetter in the 1125R and didn't have any noticeable drop in temps. Maybe a couple of degrees, if that. None the less, it's non glycol so it's not that bad of an idea.
it wont necessarily drop the coolant temps, unless your old coolant was fubar. it does seem to dissipate heat better, and make the bike cool down faster when the fan comes on. its good stuff.
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