Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Cooling the Duke 690
I am about to experience my first Melbourne (Oz) summer with my 2015 Duke 690R. My riding will include (unfortunately) a fair bit of heavy duty city commuting.
I have noticed that the temp gauge on my Duke rockets up toward max when I am in the thick of the peak hour commute.
My Duke has just had the first service and I requested a change to Engine Ice coolant, as I had heard good things about it. It's early days, but I think the Engine Ice may have helped drop the temp by a bar or two when things get really hot. But the worst of the Melbourne heat is still ahead (think 35 degrees C plus) so I am wondering how the Duke will cope.
So my queries are:
-What is an acceptable maximum for the temp gauge and does a warning light come on in addition to the bars maxing out?
-Are the Duke 690 fans generally up to the task in HOT weather? Anything aftermarket out there as far as fans go?
-My Duke 390 riding son has heard of 'Helix' competition radiator caps which are meant to reduce air in the system and increase the effectiveness of the coolant. Might this be an option for the 690?
Any other tips for surviving hot weather on the Duke?
Thanks for this,