Will ride for picts
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Minden, NV, USA
I think folks worry too much about that temp gauge getting close to the red line. I've got 104,700 miles on my '03 GT riding across the desert southwest. I live in Nevada, and have ridden across Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Texas in the heat of summer, triple digit temps. I've never worried about that temperature gauge. The fans kick on at the appropriate time and drop the temperature down even on the hottest days. The only time I've ever had the light come on was climbing up Mt. Evans road in Colorado (was riding to the top, 14,000 foot peak). I was going up a steep extended grade behind some cars. At 25-30 MPH and under load, with a car in front of me, the temp light popped on. I pulled over and let the traffic clear a bit, then ran the speed up to 40-ish which cooled it right back down.
Relax, its not a big deal as long as the fans kick on and the temp light stays off.