Riderinfo.com, connecting bikers, runs and bands.
Your online exchange for run and band info. Keep in touch with all your riding friends online at RI.
Riders of all motorcycle makes and models welcome.
Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: proper oil temp?

  1. #1

    Question proper oil temp?

    Anyone out there know what the proper safe range for oil temp is. I have an Evo running SYN3. Thanks

  2. #2
    Active Member Rider Info Insider
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Lady Lake
    Posts
    35
    Just my opinion but I think oil temp gauges on harleys are designed to scare the be-jeebers out of the owner...
    oil volume is the key, harley oil pumps are by design high volume as opposed to high pressure,
    you're oil temp will be commensurate with the ambient air temp.
    If oil temp is a concern, Lockhart sells a "temp regulated" oil cooler. I've had one on my 84.5 F.X.R.S. sinceI bought it in 87.

    the only overheating issue that I can ever recall was in Daytona several years ago, traffic was legendary, my partner "chainsaw" s bike quit running and in the process of getting him going my clutch overheated an started slipping,

    Chainsaw if you get to see this post our thoughts an prayers are with ya brother...
    btw can you say " kill switch" lol
    Last edited by jman; 08-12-2004 at 08:08 AM.
    I will join no orginization that would have someone like me as a member

  3. #3
    Recognized Member Springerick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Sumterville.Fl.
    Posts
    190
    An evo at road speeds takes up to 10 miles to get up to temp .
    My evo spits an sputters when its cold .And Daytona traffic sucks!
    Daytona sucks cancel bike week start it somewhere diffrent. Opps
    I sliped. Chainsaws memory will live on.

  4. #4
    Active Member Rider Info Insider
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Lady Lake
    Posts
    35
    FYI Chainsaw isn't dead...
    I will join no orginization that would have someone like me as a member

  5. #5
    Very Active Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    83
    To answer with figures noted with a Harley Davidson dip stick digital temperature sensor:
    Normal highway running - 80 degree day - 190 to 215
    Hard running - same day - 215 to 230
    Hot day in traffic-long idles in traffic - 95 degree days - 235 to 255 ( avoid high oil temperatures - oil cooler needed)

    The excessive high temperatures will break down the additives contained in the oil formulation. Specific additives, while adding to the high temperature performance of the oil will break down and become totally ineffective. One such additive is 'anti-frothing' without which, the oil has the appearance of boiling and loses most of the surface sticking ability leaving surfaces such as gear teeth devoid of proper oil film. The engine oil (especially) should be changed if a high temperature is reached in excess of 300 - 325 degrees (contrary to most manufacturers recommendations - the oil is OK but the additives are gone). The ideal situation is to change the oil that has overheated during its cool-down before it becomes cold. Any burnt additives will not have time to solidify and deposit themselves onto surfaces as tar.

    Thanks,
    BClem
    Last edited by BClem; 02-26-2005 at 07:48 AM.

Similar Threads

  1. Amsoil Severe Gear in my Harley-Davidson Transmission
    By FX in forum Street Bikes and Trikes - All Makes and Models
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 09-06-2007, 07:31 PM
  2. Oil Change suggestion........................
    By bufordtpisser in forum Street Bikes and Trikes - All Makes and Models
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 05-08-2006, 08:23 PM
  3. 1994 Katana 600 oil pan removal...
    By Audiomechanic in forum Street Bikes and Trikes - All Makes and Models
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 02-06-2006, 10:34 PM
  4. Synthetic Oil
    By wyldekard in forum Street Bikes and Trikes - All Makes and Models
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 11-29-2004, 04:41 PM
  5. Oil...
    By Andi in forum Street Bikes and Trikes - All Makes and Models
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 06-13-2004, 05:40 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •