If you are one away from the top the engine temp is right where it should be. Yeah, the reading on the gauge creates a false impression. The sole purpose of a gauge is to deliver useful, accurate information to the operator yet the design of this gauge doesn't do that -- it is a design fail. And I do not believe it would have been either expensive or difficult for Kawasaki to add a numerical display of the engine temperature thus eliminating any ambiguity. One more thing, because Versys-x directs (via the cooling fan) hot air from the rad downward towards the rider's calves I think sometimes that contributes to the false impression that the engine is running hot.