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Old 09-16-2008, 10:40 AM   #1
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radiator fans on track bikes

I've started tearing into my track bike that I just bought, and it doesn't have a radiator fan at all. Is this a common thing to be removed when taking a bike off the street?
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Old 09-16-2008, 10:43 AM   #2
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It depends, but I rather have one on there to cool off after a track or race session.
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Old 09-16-2008, 10:52 AM   #3
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It runs cooler at speed w/o a fan.
The only thing you need to remember is to turn the bike off B4 it gets too hot.
It has NEVER been an issue unless something goes wrong and holds up the start of a race. Especially nowadays when race bikes have starters. Back in the day, it was more of a PITA.
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Old 09-16-2008, 11:16 AM   #4
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My R6 does not have a fan.
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Thanks. Ya'll have comforted me a little.
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So what bike did ya get? any pics of the track hoe?
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No fan on my bike either. I just keep an eye on the temp.
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i would leave the fan on it dude. one of these days you will need it
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Old 09-16-2008, 02:21 PM   #9
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My 750 has a fan but the thermostat doesnt work. It has overheated on really hot track days and come close almost every time.
I wired it so it is on all the time and that makes a big difference.
Maybe your experience will be different but you should watch it VERY close.

BTW fans are cheap.
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Put in Water Wetter or Engine Ice if you get too worried. My fan doesn't come on until 219 F and my bike is typically 216 F on the track. Only when I come back and park in the pit or sit on the grid does it get hot enough for the fan to kick on. I bought a high velocity fan made by King of Fans that puts out some serious wind. I aim that at the bike when I am between sessions. Brings the temps down quick.
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My 750 has a fan but the thermostat doesnt work. It has overheated on really hot track days and come close almost every time.
I wired it so it is on all the time and that makes a big difference.
Maybe your experience will be different but you should watch it VERY close.

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dude you need to put a new thermostat in it. if you where to run an endurance race it would over heat everytime i garantee it
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So what bike did ya get? any pics of the track hoe?
its an 04/05 gixxer 600 bike I bought off here a few months ago. Can't remember who from though. I'll try to get pics up later.
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It does NOT run cooler without a fan. I would have fan on it.
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Inless your a pro racer put the fan back on. The fan is behind the radiator so it does not restrict air flow.
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dude you need to put a new thermostat in it. if you where to run an endurance race it would over heat everytime i garantee it
Lol, you're right, I should but I aint gonna race. It does OK if I keep the fan runnin.
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Well then, does anyone have a cooling fan for an '04 gixxer? Maybe even a 750 rad?
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My 750 has a fan but the thermostat doesnt work. It has overheated on really hot track days and come close almost every time.
I wired it so it is on all the time and that makes a big difference.
Maybe your experience will be different but you should watch it VERY close.

BTW fans are cheap.
Your thermostat is $18 and will save your engine. Your fan new is priced $263. When I read your post, I figured you meant the relay that kicks on your fan when it gets too hot. Is that what you mean as thermostat? The thermostat is different than that. It opens typically around 175 F or so and allows your coolant to flow. You can test it by removing it and placing it in a pot of water and heating it on the stove. Place a thermometer in the pot and you can see it physically open when the temp gets to the right point. It is item number 6 in this fiche:

http://fiche.ronayers.com/Index.cfm/.../RADIATOR_HOSE

http://www.ronayers.com/browseparts....e.ronayers.com
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Your fan new is priced $263.
Holy ! I can get one for a mustang for less!
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It does NOT run cooler without a fan. I would have fan on it.
HA! WRONG!!!!
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Inless your a pro racer put the fan back on. The fan is behind the radiator so it does not restrict air flow.
Wrong again.
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