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post #1 of 22 Old 07-02-2018, 01:39 AM Thread Starter
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Engine Heat Excessive!

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I upgraded from a 650 to a 1000 and while I like the bike well enough, one thing I am finding almost unbearable is the ungodly amount of engine heat on my lower legs. It's ruining the experience. My 650 gave off a little heat as most bikes will. My GSXS- too but nothing like this.

I find myself moving my feet as far out on the pegs as possible to get some cooing. I've resorted to riding in jeans because with my mesh riding pants, the heat goes right to my skin and burns!

I've had 30 bikes over the years and never experienced engine heat like this. Anyone else? Is this the norm for these engines or is something amiss? I can't imagine the internal operating temperatures of the coolant and oil are much higher than the 650 or other bikes.

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I found the 650 to be a cool bike and the V2 to be hotter but my MT09 is over the top.

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You're the first that I know of, to be noticing excessive heat coming off the new Stroms.......interesting.
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I've not experienced this. In fact, the lack of excessive heat from the Strom was one of the things that I weighed in my decision when I was evaluating the Strom vs other bikes such as the Tiger and the Versys.

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Ride a 1000 Kawasaki Concours if you want to feel engine heat. They even created a plastic piece to funnel air towards the rider's legs to help cool it off. Maybe you should make an air funnel.

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I find my 2014 DL1k to be one of the coolest running bikes I've ever ridden.
I wear mesh pants with full length boots.. maybe that's why I don't feel the heat on my calves. But I feel no heat coming up into the seat area, like I used to on most other bikes I've had.
How hot is it, where you ride and how much of your riding involves very slow speeds?
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I feel the heat on while wearing short pants on short trips to the corner store, but it is far from excessive.

The early ST1300s directed air off the back of the radiator via full body cowling (no blending with cool air) directly to the leg. Some people developed heat blisters through blue jeans. Honda had to install rubber curtains after a few model years to redirect the air.

With much less body cowling, the air off the DL1000 radiator is blended more with cool air so it does not feel anywhere near as hot as the ST1300.

The easiest solution is to wear clothing that shields the heat from the skin. Works for asphalt too. But if it really bugs you, you can try what the early ST1300 owners did. Increase the amount of cool air inside the cowl that bypasses the radiator by installing a vent or removing pieces of the cowl around the radiator. Of course you will be experimenting and breaking new ground so be mindful of unintended consequences like diminished cooling capacity. If you are not fully loaded pulling a trailer I expect you will be fine.
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He guys,



I upgraded from a 650 to a 1000 and while I like the bike well enough, one thing I am finding almost unbearable is the ungodly amount of engine heat on my lower legs. It's ruining the experience. My 650 gave off a little heat as most bikes will. My GSXS- too but nothing like this.



I find myself moving my feet as far out on the pegs as possible to get some cooing. I've resorted to riding in jeans because with my mesh riding pants, the heat goes right to my skin and burns!



I've had 30 bikes over the years and never experienced engine heat like this. Anyone else? Is this the norm for these engines or is something amiss? I can't imagine the internal operating temperatures of the coolant and oil are much higher than the 650 or other bikes.



Thanks



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Be thankful you never had to ride a Triumph Sprint ST 1050. You want to talk about heat on the legs!!! My 1000 XT gives a little heat, but nothing worth mentioning. Perhaps after the Triumph my legs are now less sensitive to heat.


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I have been moving my feet outward on my 1000 due to heat also, particularly with mesh pants.
Worse than the 650, but not unbearable. Lots of cooling wind everywhere else

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I find my 2014 DL1k to be one of the coolest running bikes I've ever ridden.
I wear mesh pants with full length boots.. maybe that's why I don't feel the heat on my calves.

Same deal with my '14 DL1K. Stuck for an hour on Highway 57 on the way back from Deals Gap last July, in traffic my ambient air temp gauge read 116F at times--the coolant temp gauge never made it past 3 bars and the fan never came on. Full length boots and mesh pants as well, it was.."purty durn hot", but survived thanks to liberal doses of SmartWater. But I was amazed at how composed the bike was.
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