My question is to prevent overheating in the future should I have kept the bike running the entire time or should I have turned it off immediately? Or is there other suggestions that the community has to offer. Thanks in advance for your help.
I'm not an engineer, never played one on TV, and I didn't even stay at a Holiday Inn Express lately. Still, I have owned two air/oil-cooled bikes -- an R850R for three years, and an XCT for five -- and in situations like that I always just shut the bike off right away. I can't see how running while not moving would do bikes like that any good, not to mention just generating heat on me (okay, that last bit would be a good thing, I suppose, if it were very cold out, and I wanted to keep warm).
In fact, I can remember a time or two, back in those Beemer days, when with stop-and-go traffic jams as the result of an accident, I would pull off on the shoulder, and contemplate the meaning of life for a while, until things cleared up. That is, I wouldn't even participate in the game of moving forward a couple of car lengths, wait another couple of minutes, rinse and repeat, but rather chose to wait, say, 15 minutes, off to the side.
If you're waiting at a RR crossing for a train to pass, do you keep the bike running? How about in a rural construction zone, where a temporary light has been installed, because a normally two-lane road has one lane closed for repairs, and the temp light is controlling alternating lines of cars? I turn off the bike in both situations -- you?
But that's me. Let the knowledgeable folks chime in.