2001 Road King Classic overheating

Discussion in 'Motorbike Technical Discussion' started by Farmer, Jul 1, 2003.

  1. Farmer

    Farmer Guest

    After two years of riding this bike (the first year with no problems), I am
    having a problem with overheating. This is happening only during very hot
    days (in the 90's). In the morning with temperatures in the 60-70's the bike
    runs fine. Later in the day with the temperatures in the 90's I start to get
    speed changes when idling to the point of almost stalling. Also, the front
    cylinder pipe has turned blue all the way down to the floorboard, a section
    of the frame has paint bubbling off and a side reflector on the frame has
    started melting. I brought the bike to the Harley dealer were I bought it
    and was told everything is normal. They claim that during high temperatures
    the on board computer changes fuel and air delivery to compensate and cool
    the cylinders and in doing so changes in idle speed are normal.
    I not sure if I buy this explanation because of the extremes I am seeing.
    Especially since there were no problems like this last year during similar
    Has anyone experienced anything like this and if so what was done to fix
    this "normal" condition?

    Farmer, Jul 1, 2003
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  2. Farmer

    Tom B Guest

    Harleys have computers??
    Tom B, Jul 1, 2003
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  3. It's fuel-injected, so should compensate.
    The Older Gentleman, Jul 1, 2003
  4. It will also "almost stall" if it's running very lean. You can melt more
    than just the reflector and burn worse things than paint if you don't get
    this fixed. Assuming that you haven't changed anything on the bike, perhaps
    a sensor failed. Or perhaps it's just a dirty fuel filter.

    I'd take it to someone who is willing to check it out.
    Matthew Lundberg, Jul 1, 2003
  5. Farmer

    Farmer Guest

    Thanks for all the great responses. I finally got the bike to a mechanic
    that LISTENS. He's working on it now and has determined it's an intake leak
    and related controller mapping problem. Unfortunately I won't have it this
    weekend. Have to take some days off next week.

    Farmer, Jul 4, 2003
  6. Farmer

    Joe Bedford Guest

    Hopefully your mechanic is going to do more than remap and
    replace an intake gasket. You got it so hot that I suspect
    there's internal damage.

    96 FLHTCUI
    Joe Bedford, Jul 4, 2003
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