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  1. I’m likely beating a dead horse here, but I can’t find a true consensus on older postings. On cool days, say 75 F (22 C) or less, what does your 5th gen VFR coolant temperature gauge settle at once you reach steady cruising on the highway or interstate? With the temperature sensor in the front head, one would expect something a little above thermostat opening temperature. The issue is that our VFRs have the bypass circuit in the thermostat housing that always allows some flow to the radiators irrespective of thermostat state. That flow path deosn't seem insignificant in diameter. It’s hard to know how much cooling that accomplishes without applying some engineering rigor. I figure the best way is to ask the members what they are seeing. Probably the most useful responses would be those stating ambient temperature along with coolant temperature at that ambient temperature once you reach steady state while cruzing. Given the high failure rate of our thermostats, the highest confidence responses will be from those who recently replaced (say in the last few years?) their thermostats. I haven’t replaced my thermostat since I’ve purchased the bike (this March) and being the third owner, I don’t know the history of what has occurred regarding thermostat replacement. I suspect I’m in that grey area temperature-wise and suspect mine isn’t stuck, but doesn’t fully close (it reaches approximate thermostat temperature in ~3.5 miles of low traffic conditions on warm, say 80+ degree, days). Here are my steady state observations: Steady speed = ~45 mph, ambient temperature = 88 degrees F -> temperature gauge = 181 degrees F Steady Speed = 60 - 65 mph, ambient temperature = 73 degrees F -> temperature gauge = 165 degrees F Thanks. - Walt
  2. Terry

    IMG 0857

    From the album: Terry's V4s

    Evil b@stard thermostat, replaced at 76000km as it stuck open and the bike was running too cold.
  3. From the album: bits 'n pieces

    The picture shows the temp gauge with the thermosensor (NTC thermistor) replaced by various resistors. The graph shows the measured resistance of the thermosensor when submerged in hot water.
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