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post #1 of 7 Old 08-31-2013, 02:56 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys/girls, cool website, glad I found it, as I just brought a second hand 1998 late G series ZX6R and have a couple of (probably obvious) questions.

Firstly, I may have an overheat issue. The temperature gauge tends to sit on about three bars on the highway. When I stop at lights it goes up to four or even five bars. I'm not hearing any fan noise, and I have no frame of reference as to exactly how hot these bikes should read before the fan is (or should be) switched on. Anyone own or have owned a model with this digital bar temperature gauge?

Lastly, is there a fuel light on these? I don't mind if there isn't, I will just estimate on trip meter kilometers from a full tank. Just trying to get as much information as possible as I only have the service manual, not the owners one.

Cheers in advance for any help.
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-31-2013, 03:40 AM
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First question.

I have the 2002 version and my fan kicks in at 101c which is pretty hot so I wouldn't worry about it too much.

There is no fuel light on the bike, Most sports bikes don't have one. You will probably get about 100 miles out of the tank so keep zeroing your trip after filling up.

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Sorry yours is kilometres like mine so I would say 150 per tank

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post #4 of 7 Old 08-31-2013, 03:47 AM
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I'm pretty sure i've got the same/similar model as you, ('99 model). Mine seems to run hot idling at the lights, at around 5 bars too even in the cold. I assume they rely more on the air cooling them as you ride rather than solely the fan, but mine doesn't seem to go past the 5 bars.


As for a fuel light, we have the fuel reserve tank only
I'm still yet to work out how far I can get per tank, only recently got mine too, similarly which is also why I can't tell if the fan goes on either.
Also all I've got is the service manual too, from this site.
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Thanks for the info guys. Ausbob, yeah thats right. The fan is there only to pull air through the radiator when the bike is stopped or moving very slowly. I'm guessing they design it so the thermostatic switch turns on the fan at a higher temperature than the bike will hit when cruising to help prevent the fan coming on needlessly.

It is still unpleasant watching my temperature creep up when I'm not yet familiar with the bike. If yours doesn't rise above five bars thats exactly what I needed to know

Yeah, we have been spoilt rotten by the fuel gauge lol. My old 1987 Suzuki GSXR had one, but considering how much easier the Kawasaki's oil filter is to access, I'm willing to trade a fuel gauge
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Seems your questions are answered but figured I'd give you a bit more reassurance since I have the same bike.

On a hot day my temp gauge will usually idle at around 4 bars (I'm talking UK hot not Aussie). This will go up to 5 if I ride around in the power band but, the only time I've ever got higher than that, was when I had a radiator leak. You won't really get it below 3 bars whilst riding the bike.

I get considerably more than 100miles out of a full tank on my bike (if riding economically) but, I have stopped testing it after an unfortunate incident involving me running out of fuel...
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Pretty much the same as c45p4r, my 99 stays around 3 while driving if I stay in high powerband it will go to 4. Only really see 5 when sitting still which is also where my fan kicks on, but I am in a cooler climate. I also usually wait till it has at least 2 bars to ride it.

I average about 160 per tank, I've gotten as low as 115 with all spirited riding, but also as high as 185 while babying it to and from work and still have the reserve left. I only used the reserve once, went 25 miles on it to a gas station and never ran out.
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