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Temperature Gauge Problems?

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She's up an running like a top!!!

I'm so very happy to be riding again, although I'm taking it easy since it's been so many years since I was last on a bike.

I had a young man change out the mechanical seal (thanks again, Doward!) for me and get her going. Everything seemes to be fine with one exception...

The temp gauge would climb up to the maximum for a few minutes and then come back down to normal, but now it just goes to max after a few minutes of riding (or idling) and stays there. The bike runs fine and I can put my hands on the cylinders and crank case for several seconds so it's not like it's heating up to a meltdown of biblical proportions.

My mechaninc took the thermostat out of the parts bike and tested it before he installed it, and ended up getting an O-ring kit for putting it all back together. I put 42 miles on it without any signs of trouble

Any suggestions?
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When its showing hot

I'd open the temp sender wire connector in front of the carbs and behind the thermostat and measure the voltage

on the green/blue wire

You dont have to, but it may be easier to whip the tank off to do this

With ignition on you want see 7V on this wire

any more, then then its obvious the 7V regulator has failed

Quite a common fault on these bikes.

If it shows hot and you get a steady 7v then that indicates a real problem
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