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So cruising my 1198 seems fine running between 140-170 range, but at a stop it will get up the 210-220 range and just is miserable. I don't even want to know what it'll be like once it gets to be summer time.

So I was curious if this is normal? I'm assuming the fan kicks on at 220, although I have yet to actually hear it, just never seen it go above 220. So when does your fans kick on? And also is there a way to put a different thermostat in to engage the fan sooner?
 

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My 09 1198 fan kicks on at 217. Yeah these 1*98 all run hot.
I read that going from stock coolant to engine ice or equivalent helps. And you can set the fans to come on at a earlier temp. Though I read that wasn't a smart idea.

every post I read came to the same conclusion. these 1*98 run real hot and a lot of people say these are not street bikes. So take that as you may. I will still ride mine in the summer. But my legs get hotter then shit.

In MN you can't lane split but when I am on my 1198 it's that or sit behind traffic and burn my legs.
 

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Changing it in the software, what does that consist of?

I have engine ice in it.
What is it about setting the fans to come on sooner that would effect it negatively?
 

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Aagin I just read that on here you should fact that for your self.

Fans come on earlier so more use, burn out quicker. And in heavy traffic the fans coming on 5-10 degrees sooner won't help you.

I don't mess with the software. I leave that to some one else.
 

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I have a GSXR1000K6, and the 1198, and the red bike runs much hotter. About 10 degC on a summer day, 35-40 degC (I have come home and switched bikes, so exactly the same conditions). And gets hotter quicker, and takes longer to cool. The suzuki has only 1 fan, the ducati 2! Both bikes have a manual fan switch. I installed it on the suzuki about 100,000 klm ago, (bike has 120.000 klm on it), and no issue with fan blowout. No issues at all, still original fan. I use, and will continue to use, the manual fan switch on the ducati. Installed it about 5000 klm ago, bike has 25,000 klm on it. In stop/start traffic, if I turn it on about 80-85 degC, it does get to 100-105 deg C, but takes much longer. Standard coolant.
But the 1198 is one freakin high temp engine, and I avoid riding it in summer on really hot days, and not at all in city traffic. The heat just cooks me. Winter riding, out of the city, 5-15 deg C, is just bliss!
 

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I think there should be something a little more sophisticated on the bigger models particularly for this problem.
Mine (1098) has the issue at both ends. In country running in cooler conditions, say less than 10C (50F) it runs too cool, due to the thermostat being biased towards free flow and protecting the engine from overheating, and less towards cool conditions.
This can see engine temp dropping below 60C (say 57 - 58) at which point the engine is cutting back onto the richer cool-running circuit. Not good for the engine, or fuel economy.
(No, we don't buy these for economy Gerald, but no-one likes to run out..). I have actually blocked part of my radiator in these conditions..
But for higher temps I think they could have a linkage between engine temperature and road speed, and the fans. So if the temp is above, say - 95C, and the speed is less than say - 50 kmh, the fans could cut in.
Probably about where the contributor above with the manual switch turns his on. Rather than waiting for about 106 - 107C, regardless of speed/airflow, where mine come on.
But then they couldn't even put a gear indicator on them, even though the dash can display one..
The reasons I didn't fit a manual switch was because mine doesn't do much inner-city work (and Adelaide is not a big place) and also I was worried I might tend to forget it and leave it on, possibly causing them to burn out prematurely.
But the hot right leg thing is definitely a down side of these bikes in Summer in the City (The Lovin' Spoonful?).

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Your temps seem perfectly normal. Remember that heat is generally NOT an issue if the bike is freely in motion..

If anyone is into inner city riding, constant stop-n-go driving, or just cruising the boulevard stay away from Ducati.

Better coolant, early fan engagement, and exhaust wrap can help ;)
 
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I've got a 07 and a 08. And both these bikes run at way different temperatures. My 07 always runs on the cool side while the 08 runs hotter. I've changed radiators and pipe work. Still the same. Don't know what ducati did between years. But different bikes. I agree with what Proctorgist says. Tho
 

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Pull the cats out helped a lot on my 848.
 
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