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    Water temp warning light

    I have a 1200S, which suffered a lowside early in it's life, so the fairing was changed to the R type bikini. I recently got round to changing the clocks to R type.
    I now have the water temp light coming on but I don't know if it's down to the clocks or just a glitch. The bike isn't using any water or boiling so what is the problem?
    Any help gratefully recieved

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    Re: Water temp warning light

    I believe (albeit elastic trickery isn't really my thing) that's its along the lines of the S having a sender (as it drives a gauge) as opposed to the R having a sensor as it only drives a light but am sure Phil will be along shortly to put us all right


    Still no faults for 11 years cant be bad

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    Re: Water temp warning light

    Quote Originally Posted by ZRXNige View Post
    I believe (albeit elastic trickery isn't really my thing) that's its along the lines of the S having a sender (as it drives a gauge) as opposed to the R having a sensor as it only drives a light but am sure Phil will be along shortly to put us all right


    Still no faults for 11 years cant be bad
    That makes a lot of sense thanks :-)

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    Re: Water temp warning light

    Your independent check is radiator fan that has own switch. If hot it would run constantly (with good thermstat)

    Go to parts store website and check if there is a difference in coolant temp sensors b/w bikes...
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    Re: Water temp warning light

    The S has the same temp sensor on the thermostat as other older Kawasakis like ZZR1100/GPZ1100/GPZ900 which have gauges, (bullet type).
    You need to replace it with Temp switch with the flying lead. As on the 11 and 12 R's.
    The R loom has a diode that turns on the oil and temp light with the ignition to show they are working before start up.
    As your using the S loom I don't know if that check will work before start up. Obviously that check is good to have in case the bulb has blown.
    Look on eBay for a switch as they are very pricey from Kawasaki.

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    Re: Water temp warning light

    Quote Originally Posted by t20p1 View Post
    The S has the same temp sensor on the thermostat as other older Kawasakis like ZZR1100/GPZ1100/GPZ900 which have gauges, (bullet type).
    You need to replace it with Temp switch with the flying lead. As on the 11 and 12 R's.
    The R loom has a diode that turns on the oil and temp light with the ignition to show they are working before start up.
    As your using the S loom I don't know if that check will work before start up. Obviously that check is good to have in case the bulb has blown.
    Look on eBay for a switch as they are very pricey from Kawasaki.


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