Originally Posted by stevemcgov
rbabos - "Engine temp is what I use, which is actually reading the coolant temp."
Thanks! - that's all it was.
I Switched Gauge Display to "Engine Temp" tonight - worked.
Cool out - 64 degrees. Running at 181-186 F
Nice to have that Displayed.
For now I setup - Speed - RPM's- IAT - Engine Temp
Voltmeter is a winner too
* Over the winter I plan to get one of the Dip Stick Oil Temp Gauges
Any experiences out there on those?
Gets a decent reading from the lower engine?
I ran one of those cheap ass HD analog dipsticks for a while but over time it got sloppy in the needle mechanism and started to read low. Slop could be detected by rotating the gauge in your hand. Needle would flop one way and the other in rotation. When it worked for the first couple of years the oil temp closely followed the coolant temps. Only with repeated fan cycles did the temps ever go over 200 and the highest I ever saw was 210. This is with the bike sitting in the shop, running and several on and off fan cycles. Moving the oil temp would drop back. Decided the gauge was pretty much useless and went back to stock dipstick in the end. If you get one, you will need to calibrate it in boiling water as some of these Taiwan gauges are off as much as 30*. The stainless stem is also a prick to see the oil level on, so it will need to be dulled by what ever means you come up with. Me, I used grey etching primer so I could see the oil on the stick. Out on a ride yesterday about same temps, I was seeing the same numbers as you. I find in colder weather, as in below 50* the engine hovers in the 176-178 cruising and will only come up to 180+ if you get into the city or run higher rpms in a lower gear in traffic. While the t stat is a 180*, there is some +/- to actual.