Does the 500 overheat in traffic? - Honda Rebel 300 & 500 Forum
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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-29-2019, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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Does the 500 overheat in traffic?

I remember my old bike, even with liquid cooling, would overheat in traffic if the bike wasn't moving, but it was a 2003 bike. If I could remember correctly, maybe after a minute or so in the summer time, even with the radiator fan on, it would still overheat.



Do the Rebel 500s have this problem or does it stay pretty stable during traffic or long waits at red lights?
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Never does my 500 overheat even in the Texas summer heat of 115 degrees Fahrenheit......

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I remember my old bike, even with liquid cooling, would overheat in traffic if the bike wasn't moving, but it was a 2003 bike. If I could remember correctly, maybe after a minute or so in the summer time, even with the radiator fan on, it would still overheat.



Do the Rebel 500s have this problem or does it stay pretty stable during traffic or long waits at red lights?
I live in Southern California with regular summer temps over 100 F and have never encountered an overheating issue.
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Iím in South Carolina. It can get pretty hot here. Sometimes too hot to ride. The bike never overheats.
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If you previously had a liquid cooled bike that was overheating in traffic then there was something wrong witht the bike. Probably air in the cooling system.
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If you previously had a liquid cooled bike that was overheating in traffic then there was something wrong witht the bike. Probably air in the cooling system.

Any advice on how to take the air out?
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Remove the cap, fill the thing up to the top, and top off the overfill tank.
Ride to get it hot then park it overnight.
The next day take off cover and check that the level is still up to top and check how much the overflow tank went down.
If the tank level went down a bunch add more.
If the level ISN'T up to the top, you got either a leak, or a possible bad head gasket, or both.
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