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Overheating What happens when a bike overheats? Does it automatically kill the engine? Will the engine restart before it has cooled enough? I was accelerating onto the freeway and the engine just shut off. When I pulled over and tried to restart the engine, it wouldn't start. There was still power and when I hit the start button the light would dim showing me that current was being drawn by the starter. But the engine didn't even try to turn over. About an hour later, the bike started fine (after I moved the bike home in the truck...) Later I noticed that the coolent was a little low and was wondering if overheating could cause this problem. Otherwise it seems to be something electrical, like a short somewhere.

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If you did indeed overheat the engine to the point that is stuck, you would probably know it by the antifreeze being poured all over the ground. The bike would be really hot just sitting on it. It would smell like antifreeze and just smell hot.. I know, smell hot? but an engine that has been ran to hot has a pretty distinctive hot smell... It doesnt sound like an overheating situation if none of the above happened. A bike that is overheating will begin to loose power before it stops. LIke lacuna said, everything inside of the engine will start to expand from the heat and the piston will stick in the cylinder. Most of the time when this happens, the bike will cool off and restart. But, usually with problems. Warped or cracked head, cracked block, broken piston rings. These engines are aluminum and dont like to be overheated and warp really easy. If the engine is really hot, it will not turn over until it cools down enough. Im not saying it couldnt have overheated and then restarted without any problems, its happened before, but just not likely. But, if this is the case, take lacunas advice and change all of the fluids. Your oil will be nasty. Maybe get ahold of the previous owner and see if it has had any probems. It kinda sounds electrical to me. as long as the above overheating signs didnt happen. If you dont think it was overheating and it happens again, try to push start the bike to see if the engine turns over. even putting the bike in second or third gear just see if you can move the bike back and forth. If nothing else, you'll at least know its not locked up.

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