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  • 2012+ 2012 Overheating at altitude

    Did a coast to coast ride this summer and had problems with the bike getting hot. Had to add fluid on 3 occasions. Anyone experience this issue at elevations over 6,000 feet?
    Last edited by Cruiseman; 08-04-2014, 02:09 PM.

  • #2
    That is NOT normal. Were you in stop and go traffic?
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    • #3
      I live at 7,700 feet and frequently go to 12,000 feet and mine has never overheated. Something doesn't sound right.
      Ron Musick
      2013 Red Goldwing

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      • #4
        I just got back from Colorado. We had two 12 models one of which was pulling a trailer. No issues at all with heating up. I don't think the fans ever came on.

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        • #5
          I agree with the other posts. I live here in Colorado and often venture above 10,000 feet. Never had an overheating issue. Sounds like it's time to use up some of that warranty coverage.
          Ron - Montrose, CO
          2018 Pearl White GL1800 DCT
          2012 Pearl White GL1800 Level 1 - Sold @ 63K miles
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          • #6
            I have done a couple of 600 mile speed runs over the Mountain Passes last month, from hot to really hot days, never lost a drop of coolant or oil. I wonder if you simply have a leak from a loose hose somewhere.
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            • #7
              Yes. We did a trip to Colorado 2 years ago. We do not usually ride to higher elevations and long steep grades. 3 of the Wings in our group had overheating issues before we even reached the halway point on Pikes Peak. After doing some adjustments on what gear we were in and speed we were traveling we were able to get everything back to normal. This year we did Pikes Peak again and using the same gear/speed combination everything went just fine.

              So, the target RPM when climbing steep grades for an extended time seemed to be about 2500.

              Next time you are going over those mountain passes be mindful of your gear/rpm/speed and that might fix your problem.

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              • #8
                I have never had a heating problem due to altitude, but have at one time experienced "puking" due to heat, I think part of the problem was that I overfilled the coolant reserve, My "03" will run pretty warm should I encounter slow traffic in hot weather, it is about the only complaint I have with the "Wing" but it happens so rarely, it isn't a big problem. jmop

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                • #9
                  Thanks all, will have the dealer check this when I take it in for maintenance today. Looks like this is goring to be a good forum.

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                  • #10
                    If you are adding fluid it is going somewhere. If not on the ground then it is going either out the tail pipe or in the engine. If you have a bad head gasket this could be causing all the above. good luck.

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