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This is a discussion on Engine temperature within the Suzuki SV650 Discussion forums, part of the Other Bikes category; I just bought a new '06 SV650S as my first bike and I was wondering at what temperature is the engine getting too hot or ...

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    Engine temperature

    I just bought a new '06 SV650S as my first bike and I was wondering at what temperature is the engine getting too hot or in danger of overheating? Also, I seem to be getting absolutely terrible mileage right now. I've only put 230 miles on it. It started out with a full tank, but I just finished filling it up for the second time. I'm a beginner so maybe its because I'm riding the bike improperly or innefficiently?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chadhade
    I just bought a new '06 SV650S as my first bike and I was wondering at what temperature is the engine getting too hot or in danger of overheating? Also, I seem to be getting absolutely terrible mileage right now. I've only put 230 miles on it. It started out with a full tank, but I just finished filling it up for the second time. I'm a beginner so maybe its because I'm riding the bike improperly or innefficiently?

    Deepal
    I ride a 2002 SV650S and I usually stop for gas every 150 miles. I think your concerns are normal for a new rider.... break it in like it's supposed to be and post again after you've put over 1,000 miles on that bike....you are new to riding and being nervous about your new bike is normal....don't worry about it. Ride the **** out of it...you have a warranty. And it ain't going to overheat. Unless something is wrong with the way the dealer prepped it. Where are you riding? Tom

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    Thanks for the reply. I'm riding in Jersey, but its hard to find good roads to practice cornering. I take it you do most of your riding in North Carolina?

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    Your mileage is excellent! I get about 140 with a slip-on and open BMC filter and Carb changes that and I flog the shat out of it. Anyhow, I have no temp gauge and have never had any heats issues at all. The bike is bullet proof. No wheelies though, the engine gets starved of oil and doesn't like that much. mine routinely see's 100+ in the back country with no issues. Good luck!!

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    The wheelie comment is a valid concern, we regularly see SV's with bad con-rod bearings due to excessive wheelying. If you pop a wheelie, that's fine, but don't be riding them for a block or the sump will get sucked dry. We are working with a machinist to get a deep sump conversion built to reduce or eliminate the oil starvation.
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    As your bike's engine breaks in more and more your fuel economy will increase. if you're really worried about the fuel then how about just pulling in the clutch and coasting when you see a red light in the distance. lol

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    Your bike is safe even at 230 degrees. The fan will kick on and help it stay safely within the allowable temp range. For SBK SV's we use big radiators, for anything less stock is fine.

    Engine Ice helps if you feel like draining the coolant and replacing it with that. It is mostly water with chemicals that help with metal to fluid heat transfer so it cools very well


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    SV Overheating

    Just bough an "06 Sv650S. Temp gets to 255 and the temp light flashes for 10 seconds before the thermostat opens up. I can only assume this is not normal.

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    That does not sound good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by craig_strope View Post
    Just bough an "06 Sv650S. Temp gets to 255 and the temp light flashes for 10 seconds before the thermostat opens up. I can only assume this is not normal.
    I have the same problem on an 04 SV650S. I'll sit at the lights for 3 to 4 mins and the temp will be around 230, pull away and after about 10-15s the temp will climb fast to about 250 and the warning light will come on. After another 10s the temp suddenly drops back down again.

    Also my fan is not on at 230, I don't know if it's on when I'm moving and the temp gets to 250. The fan and fan switch do work however.

    I've also replaced the thermostat.

    What's the status of your overheating ?

    I'm starting to think that maybe there's and issue with the water pump. Maybe it's just not moving the hot water to the radiator efficiently.
    Last edited by gjscott; 09-13-09 at 06:36 PM.

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