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Hi everyone,

My goldwing is coming dangerously close to overheating. I have about 667 miles on it so far and in rush hour traffic it came very close to pegging the meter. Is this an issue with this bike?? I have a full overflow tank and the dealer said they have heard of some of them having these issues. I find it hard to believe that I spend this much for a bike to have overheating issues with it brand new!! I have NEVER had an issue with overheating bikes on anything I have owned before.

Does anyone have a solution or something I should have them look at? I am wondering if the fan stays on all the time or not. could swear I hear it turning on and off even when the temperature is high. As far as I am concerned, it should remain on until the temp comes down to normal temperature range.

Any help would be appreciated. Do I have to drain the radiator fluid and use water wetter??

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... HOWDY ... I'M NOT SURE WHAT IS CAUSING THE HEATING COULD BE SEVERAL THINGS ... ie: BAD THERMOSTAT - WEAK WATER PUMP ect. ... IT IS NORMAL FOR THE FAN TO CYCLE ON AND OFF AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT CYCLE TEMP. IT IS SET FOR ... ONE SURE FIX YOU COULD DO IS PUT IN A MANUAL OVERRIDE FAN SWITCH ... I HAVE DONE THAT IN THE PAST WITH BIG DIESEL CONSTRUCTION TRUCKS WHEN WE WOULD GET INTO HARD PULLS JUST FLIP THE SWITCH ON AND KEEP THE FAN RUNNING AND WHEN IT GETS DOWN TO A TEMP. YOU LIKE TURN IT OFF AND LET IT GO BACK TO AUTO MODE ... JUST A THOUGHT ... ALSO WITH THE BIKE BEING THAT NEW IT IS STILL PRETTY TIGHT AND WILL RUN ON THE HOT SIDE ESPECIALLY IN SLOW TRAFFIC ... DOES THE BIKE HAVE A ACTUAL TEMP. READ OUT ??? ... AND THESE HIGHER PRESSURIZED SYSTEMS RAISES THE BOILING POINT AND THEY NORMALY RUN AT A HIGHER TEMP. IF THE BIKE IS STILL UNDER WARRANTY GO WITH THE DEALERSHIPS RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WAY IF SOMETHING HAPPENS YOU CAN DUMP IT IN THEIR LAPS ... HAPPY TRAILS ...
 

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I have an 09 with just under 2k miles on it. The temp gauge runs just about in the middle and the fans cycle on and off in traffic at that temp. It is normal for the fans to cycle on and off as needed. Are both fans running? Is there anything blocking the radiators? I would take it to the dealer and have him run it until it gets hot and make sue everything is operating as it should. The bike is new and I'm sure they can find the problem quickly. Good luck.
 

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I have an 09 with just under 2k miles on it. The temp gauge runs just about in the middle and the fans cycle on and off in traffic at that temp. It is normal for the fans to cycle on and off as needed. Are both fans running? Is there anything blocking the radiators? I would take it to the dealer and have him run it until it gets hot and make sue everything is operating as it should. The bike is new and I'm sure they can find the problem quickly. Good luck.
The guy at the dealer was saying it is something that happens to the goldwing...I was like :rolleyes: come on it can't be. It has done it everyday this week. I refuse to pay this much for a bike to have to worry about it overheating!
 

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... Howdy ... Get A Second Opinion From A Different Honda Shop ... They Might Have A Better Answer ... HOW HOT HAVE THE DAILY TEMPS. BEEN WHEN YOU ARE RIDING ... Happy Trails ...
 

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The guy at the dealer was saying it is something that happens to the goldwing...I was like :rolleyes: come on it can't be. It has done it everyday this week. I refuse to pay this much for a bike to have to worry about it overheating!
Thats a load of bull... No water cooled engine should ever overheat from just sitting in traffic. I agree with the previous poster. Take it to another dealer and get a second opinion. If your still not satisified I'd ask to speak to a Honda Rep or get an email address where you can write and complain.
 

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I have an '08 with about 6,000 miles and the temp. guage always stays in the same spot even in city traffic. I have never seen vary from the half pegged position. The fans do cycle on & off.
 

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Well I dunno, I took it to Tahoe for the day and had no issues with the temp. Still, it should not come close to overheating no matter what the condition I think!
 

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Only a GOLDWING

Well I dunno, I took it to Tahoe for the day and had no issues with the temp. Still, it should not come close to overheating no matter what the condition I think!
The owner's manual and service manual say something about the fan kicks on in certain gears and if I'm not mistaken it will not come on after 3rd gear. So when I was in a parade this weekend, I almost hit the H level also. The radiators are on the side and fans blow

Heard that Redline Oil Coolant was good: http://www.redlineoil.com/products_coolant.asp

and this guy has it all figured out:
http://www.wingtechtips.com/overheat.htm

I'm just going to use the recommended coolant from Honda or Engine Ice Antifreeze http://www.wingstuff.com/pgroup_detail/814_Engine_Ice_Antifeeze_Coolant
 

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Fuel hot

Coming home today I exited from the interstate and go caught in stop and go traffic with the ambient air temp at nearly 100F. The radiator fans kicked on and off and the temp gauge never moved above the center mark but when I got home the bike smelled strongly of fuel. I looked under the bike and the fuel vapors were visibly pouring out of the vent line. I opened the fuel cap and the gas was churning and bubbling almost like it was boiling. I left the cap off for about 30 minutes and everything seems to be back to normal. One last detail it had been about 75 miles since I gassed up the fuel was down about 1.5 gallons and about 3 inches from the filler neck. Anyone had a similar experience?
 

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... HOWDY ... THE WAY YOU DESCRIBED THE HOT GAS HAS ME CONCERNED ... THE BOILING POINT FOR GAS IS BETWEEN 100-400* f. DEPENDING ON WHAT ADDITIVES THEY PUT IN AND THE OCTANE PERCENT ... THE AMOUNT OF FUEL IS IN DIRECT PROPORTION FOR VAPORS ... IT'S NOT THE GAS THAT BURNS IT'S VAPORS SO MY THOUGHTS ARE WHEN EVER REFUELING BE XTRA CAREFUL WHEN OPENING THE FUEL CAP WITH THOSE TYPES OF CONDITIONS PRESENT ... HAPPY TRAILS ...
 

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Now thats a scary thing. I hope your not a smoker. Lighting up around the vapors would not be a good thing. I've never had that happen to me, but I guess it's possible. Perhaps it was caused by the blend of gas from that particular station. I hope so since we all ride in some hot temps... Let us know if it happens again.. AND DON"T SMOKE....
 

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The blend of gas may have been part of the problem it was 10% ethanol which is tough to avoid around here. It was scary because the bike is parked in my garage stall closest to the gas fired water heater, about 5 feet apart. I opened the garage door and put a large fan in front of the bike to move the fumes and heat out of the garage.
 

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sorry to disapoint you all butno matter what year wing you havevery long periods of stop ( mostly stop ) and go traffic will not flow enough air through the radiator to cool it down and high out side temps don't help. as long as a wing is moving it shouldn't over heat but long periods of idle it will get hot. i'll bet once traffic gets moving the temp of the bike drops as it should. honda didn't build excess capacity in the radiator and the over flow tank is for well over flow. bottom line the dealer was right, nothing wrong
 

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667 miles? I don't think you have a problem. HONDA has a problem! I would start with the service manager and work my way up. That is not normal for a Honda
 

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I am with Ronzilla on this one. I have an 09 gl1800, and its been 105F here in central oklahoma for a few days now. Never does my temp gauge rise above mid-range even in slow, stop n go traffic. Forgive me, but your dealer doesn't seem to be that sharp on goldwings and how they are suppose to operate. Definately get a second opinion:

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... HOWDY ... DOUG HAS A VERY GOOD POINT ABOUT PARKING/STORING YOU'RE BIKES IN AREAS THAT HAVE OPEN FLAMES ie: water heaters - furnaces - portable room heaters ... FUMES FLOW ACCROSS THE FLOORS/GROUND ... ALITTLE COMMON SENSE WILL KEEP THE FIRE DEPT. AWAY ... HAPPY TRAILS ...
 

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I now have 1200 miles on this bike 08.The fan comes on a lot when I'm at slow speeds. I've been doing a lot of practice with slow speed turns. I spend around half an hour or so just doing tight turns. The fan cycles on and off a lot. However there is no rapid change in temperature. there is no significant change in temperature either. After practice I go on the road open her up a little and the fan does not run. the temperature is a solid as a rock. IMHO, there is some malfunction. stuck thermostat or temperature switch. I'd insist on the dealer troubleshooting the issue. when it is right there will not be this type of symptoms. Keep us up to date on the results!
 

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I have an '08 with about 6,000 miles and the temp. guage always stays in the same spot even in city traffic. I have never seen vary from the half pegged position. The fans do cycle on & off.
Same here. I was beginning to wonder if the temp gauge was broken because it never deviates... it always stays just below the halfway mark on the cool side. One reason I switched from a Harley Ultra Classic was because I was being roasted by the engine heat whenever I got caught in traffic.
 

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RE: (Ronzilla's blog about going with the dealers recommendations, then if something goes wrong you can dump it in their laps), sounds ok, IF you get that dealers questionable recommendation in WRITING, on HIS letterhead. Thats the only way to prove thats what he told you! These gl1800 engines are one of the best designed and machined engines on the planet, not to mention the multi thousands now on the road. This is the first I've heard of an overheating problem without a seriously mechanical problem. Ya better insist on "some dealer" fixing your bike. That ain't normal for any wing!!!!!
 
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