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Old 09-02-2013, 11:48 AM   #1
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Ducati 900ss owners, a question...

Hey folks. I have a new to me '96 900ss, my question is this:

In typical Houston weather the bike runs fine at around 100*, in any kind of traffic/stoplight the temp begins to peg over to the 150* mark. With the air cooled engine, I know it is going to be a bear during the summer. I'm just wondering if anyone has made any changes to their cooling system (dual oil coolers, different model coolers, etc.). Everything is running as it should be (new oil/filter, mixture is good) just wondering if there's anything extra that can be done to help with the overheating.
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Old 09-02-2013, 12:18 PM   #2
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Find a different bike to ride in stop and go traffic. Seriously, the bike will not enjoy it, and you will burn through regulators. I always sought out different routes with less traffic when I rode mine in the summer.
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I have a 2010 streetfighter. However ducs are all pretty much the same when it comes to traffic and heat. They get super hot on summer. Its a bear. I did change my coolant and seems to be running a bit cooler. Not much. Hope this helps. Renember ducatis don't like to sit still.
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Dude, my VFR runs at 220+ in summer traffic. Stop complaining.


LOL in all seriousness I think it's fine.
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Dude, my VFR runs at 220+ in summer traffic. Stop complaining.


LOL in all seriousness I think it's fine.
If mine ever hit 220* I think it would launch me into space...
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If mine ever hit 220* I think it would launch me into space...
Yeah dude, the VFR is notoriously hot in traffic. I did some research and it appears to be pretty normal for the bike, but it bakes your when it's 100 outside and you are at a stop light.

Running her hard at the track when it was like 95 ambient temp I saw 238! On the hwy it runs at 180.
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I've got a 1994 Duc 900 SS/SP. I had two at once and also a DB4 with the same motor. From stock to wild, I never had an issue from heat.

I used to ride mine in the Rio Grande Valley with 105+ heat, and of course Houston heat.

It will be OK, just ride it.
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I have two oil coolers mounted in series on my wife's 900SP. It has helped, but with oil/air cooling and no fan they definitely get hot sitting still in warm weather. The other issue with the SPs is the scale of the gauge. The "normal" temp range for the bike is pretty far to the right. You'd expect that it would be in the middle/straight up. Silly Italians... I did used to worry in Atlanta traffic about overheating the 900 and scoring the bores, so I put the second cooler on it. It runs cooler now, but I can't say for certainty that the motor would have died without it.
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Dude, my VFR runs at 220+ in summer traffic. Stop complaining.


LOL in all seriousness I think it's fine.
150 *C is WAY WAY higher than 220*F
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150 *C is WAY WAY higher than 220*F
Ah, forgive my Duc ignorance, didn't realize they read in Celcius? I find it hard to believe that the bike is getting to 150 C and not overheating though.....

Don't most liquid cooled inline 4's run in the 150 F range?
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I've got a 1994 Duc 900 SS/SP. I had two at once and also a DB4 with the same motor. From stock to wild, I never had an issue from heat.

I used to ride mine in the Rio Grande Valley with 105+ heat, and of course Houston heat.

It will be OK, just ride it.
Thanks, It's new to me so I'm trying to get ahead of possible issues. The Ducait.ms forum has a lot of talk about guys making changes but the follow-up on results is often sketchy...

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Don't most liquid cooled inline 4's run in the 150 F range?
The 900ss' is an air cooled twin, so Houston's temperature becomes an issue. Especially, after a 'spirited ride' and then getting stuck in the middle of Downtown...
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The 900ss' is an air cooled twin, so Houston's temperature becomes an issue. Especially, after a 'spirited ride' and then getting stuck in the middle of Downtown...
, so 150 C?! Yeah, that's fookin hawt LOL
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I've got a 1994 Duc 900 SS/SP. I had two at once and also a DB4 with the same motor. From stock to wild, I never had an issue from heat.

I used to ride mine in the Rio Grande Valley with 105+ heat, and of course Houston heat.

It will be OK, just ride it.
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Keep a good quality 10w40 synthetic oil in it and check/change it regularly and you'll be fine.
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Don't most liquid cooled inline 4's run in the 150 F range?
180+ at cruise, and over 225 sitting still.
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180+ at cruise, and over 225 sitting still.
wow really, I thought they were cooler than my bike, but that's about where I sit most of the time. I never knew what it was on my old 919 it just had an analog gauge.

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wow really, I thought they were cooler than my bike, but that's about where I sit most of the time. I never knew what it was on my old 919 it just had an analog gauge.
That's water temp, fahrenheit. Just so we're talking apples to apples.
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Thanks for all the help guys...
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