Its been miserable here for the last few days, yesterday it was 43*C in the shade in the Main Street of Bungendore but I wanted to go for a ride if only to see how the latest map behaved in the heat.
The answer is 'Impeccably'! In these sorts of conditions when I was running the 68S map it would start running raggedly if you got stuck in traffic for any time at all and the oil temperature would soar in slow moving stuff. Yesterday it kept idling cleanly, pulled *Normally*, (OK it was a bit down on power at larger throttle openings but that is hardly surprising.) and the oil temp hovered around the 120*C mark the whole time. This was in conditions where in places the tarmac was melting so it was fairly hot!
Eschewing the joys of sunny, downtown Canberra I headed off for a quick blast around some of the country back roads to get home. Apart from having to take some sudden evasive action to avoid a big Bluetongue lizard out near Gundaroo and sweating a lot it was an enjoyable day to be riding! The bike performed wonderfully, more than can be said for the couple of Pirates I found stopped by the side of the road with melted regulator/rectifiers. I left them with my water bottle, (They had huge, be-tasseled panniers on their bikes but were carrying no water? On a 40+*C day???) as they had called the recovery service but it wasn't going tomget to them for a couple of hours. I reckon it was a busy day yesterday!
Anyway I rolled back into Bungendore, oil temp was still around the 115-120*F mark. Into the pub for a coldie and then home for a shower and a period lying glistening under the air conditioner!
I love my GRiSO. Its a fantastic, unique and thoroughly enjoyable motorbike. I don't think I'll be getting rid of it any time soon!