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Why is fan not coming on when (bike) turned off?

Riding at normal speed and warm weather

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SOURCE: sat highway speeds in cool weather the temp. lite

If the fan is not operateing you might want to run power directly to it from another power source ie a booster pack or another battery if you find that the fan operates then you wil need to be checking wireing & relays

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Er-6f 2006, buzzing noise near fueltank after ride. power off

Could be your fuel pump or your fan is still running.

If it's the fuel pump. You should hear the same sound when you turn the contact on in the morning.
If you can only hear it when the bike is warm and you shut the engine down, it's likely it's the fan spinning. Some Kawa's do it, some don't. My old GPX600R did it. Sometimes it ran (after I shut the bike down) for upto 15 minutes (in hot weather),but my ZZR1400 doesn't do it at all.
My old GPX used to buzz/whistle form the gas cap too, but that shouldn't have anything to do with turning the power on/off.

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The Virago uses 20W-50 oil in warm weather. If you ask any bike shop they will recommend moving to a 10W-40 in cold weather down to about 30ish F, and if you plan on riding down to extreme temps of about 20F and below, then a 5W-30 or 5W-40 is recommended. For the 5-7C temps you list, you could really just use the same oil you use for summer. Just take a little extra time in letting the bike warm up and don't ride it hard the first couple of miles to let the oil come up to full temp. If you prefer to err on the side of caution, then use the 10W-40 oil. I had a Yamaha 650 Classic and I used 20W-50 year round and never had issues as long as I made sure to warm it up properly first.

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How did you know when the cooling fans are not working

You may have one conventional belt-driven fan with a thermal clutch and the other electric or, both could be electric on your car.
The cooling fan that operates during non-AC operation (just a running engine) if electric, will be controlled by a thermal switch in the lower radiator tank and may not turn on at all unless the engine is warmed up. The belt-driven fan should be turning at some speed all the time if the engine is running and at much higher speed with a hot engine.
The fan that cools mostly when the AC is operating won't run under normal operation but may turn on in hot weather (or when the engine is under heavier loads) even without the AC operating.
Checking them would require having a warmed-up engine and the AC turned on. Both fans regardless of type should be turning then.

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1995 honda shadow ace, overall runs great, but at certain times while under heavy load, like riding into the wind at highway speeds it will heat up and temp light comes on. if i pull to shoulder and reduce...

could be several things
1-- coolant radiator is partially blocked or the thermostat is not fully opening reducing the flow of coolant through the radiator
2--- tuning is too lean at full load which causes overheat conditions for the engine
3--- timing a bit retarded for the rpms
i t is all connected to the extra load from the head winds requiring extra throttle that you would not normally use in normal conditions
another place to check is the fairing in use as the extra wind speed from the bike and the head wind may be causing a turbulence around the radiator and so preventing full air flow to the radiator

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You can test the fan by simply unplugging the single wire that attaches to the fan thermal switch and touching it to ground. With the ignition switch on, the fan should spin when you do this. If it does spin, then you've most likely got a bad thermal switch.

Your bike has two thermally activated switches: one for the temp gauge - and one to operate the fan. The temp gauge switch has two wires going to it, while the fan switch just ahs one wire.

Also, check that the coolant temp light bulb is not burnt out. FYI: Feeling what seems to be a great amount of heat coming off your bike's liquid cooled engine is normal, especially on warm days. If the cooling system has the proper amount of coolant in it - and is not boiling over, then the engine is probably not overheating.

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How hot is real hot, mine seams to be up around 200 mark, is this normal?I just bought bike and fixed regulator problem.

Disregard the gauge they can be inaccurate. Honda's can run hot depending on outside temperature,weather, traffic, etc. At freeway speeds you will find the standard needle position for driving. If the needle hits the red mark does the fan turn on ? This is a sign you are hot but OK. Are you boiling over? This means you have a problem with the fan, fan switch,thermostat, coolant level, or water pump. Every bike runs a little different you will have to determine what is normal (for your gauge) and work from there. If you are not boiling over and your fan works you may just have a high reading gauge or temp sender.

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