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I replaced water pump and bike still shows getting hot.

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    rzman Mar 24, 2011

    Hi have you flushed the radiator,,checked the thermostat and bled the cooling system?



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Did you clean and test the thermostat.

Are all the lines clear of debris that can impede the water flow?

Are you using recommended coolant level in your suystem?

Is the radiator clean inside and around the fins (did you flush your system)?

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