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post #1 of 102 Old 05-23-2012, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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Heat on legs from engine!

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ĽA radiator with a more compact core, flanked by wind-directing plates shaped with holes* for enhancing cooling efficiency, allows hot radiator air to flow out to the side air outlets and away from the rider's legs. (*Patent pending.)

I wouldn't have bothered with the patent process.

Am I the only one that has noticed a LOT of heat from the engine area? Especially at lower speeds ( 20-50mph ) but even at 65+ there is a lot of heat. I have been setting the heel of my boot on the edge of the pegs and pidgeon toeing to get fresh cool air. I rode the other V Stroms we have and I really don't notice heat. Same gear, same temp, etc. So where is the "improvement"? Hit 93 in Houston yesterday, probably won't see below 90 for months. I will start designing an air deflector to mount to my engine guard to eliminate the problem. But really, why promote an improvement that is....not there?

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I haven't noticed engine heat on the 2012 yet, but I'm in New England.

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Me neither. I even took a ride in shorts the other day and didn't notice any heat.

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Hot in Texas...

I think when you get to 90+f anything you ride is going to put off heat. My BMW 800 GS Adventure killed my right leg at 75F.

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Never noticed heat

It can get pretty warm here in Montpellier, and even on recent rides in the 80's and 90's I've never noticed unpleasant heat from the engine. Maybe it's there and I just don't find it unpleasant? Will pay attention as summer gets here.

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I had close to 2nd degree burns on my SV650 one hot day, thru my gear

the heat builds up so much on the frame, it gets hotter than the exhaust



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I had a pm wondering if I had the factory under cowl installed. No. But it should be here tomorrow and I'll see if it makes it better or worse.

If I didn't have two Gen I V-Stroms here at the house it might be harder to complain. But when the '12 is supposed to have been improved...and it puts out noticeably more heat than the Gen I's I feel compelled to complain. Even when it was in the mid-80's here the heat was very noticeable. I have ridden the Vee in 100+ temps and never noticed engine heat to concentrate on my legs. Not just one side, both sides. I'll fix it, just wondered if others have noticed it yet.

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I have zero heat issues from my 2012. In fact, it seems better than most bikes I have ridden. Try riding a BMW airhead or an ST1300 and you will think the new Wee comes with A/C. I must say that in my area, it hasn't been too warm yet and my temp gauge never moves from 3 bars.

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I'd double check to see if the coolant and oil are topped off, but you prolly already did that.

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No heat issues.

but live in the midwest..

when it hit 80 the other day it was fine. No 90 degree days yet.

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