There’s a difference between having a hot Ducati and an overheating Ducati. Running a performance motorcycle usually means pushing it to the limits on the road or on the track, which can often lead to high temperatures. You may even experience issues with overheating, and if your Ducati temperature gauge climbs into the red zone, you risk major damage to your engine and cooling system.
It is important to understand why your motorcycle is overheating so you can correct the problem, cool it down and get back out to enjoy your ride. At Design Corse, we carry a full range of aftermarket performance upgrade parts and accessories that improve the performance of your Ducati’s cooling system. We're as passionate about Ducati motorcycles as you are, so we wanted to share our expertise and help you diagnose, repair and avoid overheating. Here’s how to keep your motorcycle engine cool.
There can be several reasons why a motorcycle overheats. Before we get into that, it’s important to understand the difference between water-cooled and air-cooled engines. While you probably know the difference, we thought a quick refresher would be helpful:
Modern motorcycles feature a digital or analog gauge to show engine temperature, and many also feature a warning light when the temperature gets too high. If you ever see your gauge climb to the red or your temperature light come on, stop as soon as it's safe to do so. You risk causing severe damage to your engine. A hot coolant leak can also burn you, so always keep an eye on your temperature gauge.
Depending on your engine — water-cooled or air-cooled — there can be several reasons for overheating:
When you've determined why your motorcycle is overheating, it's much easier to fix the problem.
For air-cooled motorcycles, the solution is often to pay closer attention to your temperature gauge and react accordingly or find a cooler area to ride, such as a shaded road. If you see your temperature gauge climbing, back off the throttle a bit. While you might think riding faster forces more air across the cooling fins of your engine, this is negated by the extra heat created by running your engine hard. If your air-cooled engine still isn’t cooling, shut it off and let it cool for a while before taking off again.
With water-cooled Ducati models, if you experience overheating from time to time and have verified your coolant level, modifications and fuel mixture, it might just be that you’re pushing your motorcycle beyond its cooling limits. If that’s the case, you may want to consider an aftermarket cooling solution to improve your bike’s process. This may include aftermarket cooling system hoses, an upgraded radiator or cooler guard, or a higher-capacity water pump.
One of our popular upgrades is to replace existing cooling system hoses with high-performance silicone hoses from Samco. These highly resistant hoses avoid pinching and allow for optimal coolant flow.
If you’ve suffered damage to the cooling fins of your radiator, your cooling system will be less effective. Consider installing a custom radiator or cooler guard to help protect from stone chips and clogging.
Browse our catalog now and find the solutions you need for your bike. You can also give our team at Design Corse a call or send us a message. We’ll help you select the right part for your bike so that you can avoid future overheating issues.
Whether you love cruising down back roads, riding full-throttle down the highway or burning rubber at the track, it would not be possible if you didn’t maintain your bike on a regular basis. On the mechanical side of things involving electrical power, it is crucial that you maintain your battery for peak performance.
As temperature patterns rise you need to take steps to maintain proper coolness for your own comfort and health as well as for the functionality of your motorcycle. It is important to know what to wear when riding a motorcycle in summer and how to maintain your bike and keep it from overheating.
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