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Old June 20th, 2012   #21
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Default Re: Insulating Fairing Storage Pockets??

Yes, Ed. I removed the inner cowls. Rode the bike home in 97 degree heat. About 30% in city traffic with lots of stop lights. Worked like a charm!

I do prefer riding in an air conditioned car on days like today. Next time I am several hundred miles from home, I know I am able to ride through a heat wave without passing out.

I think I'll save those fairing storage pockets to dry wet gloves or socks.

Thanks guys!
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Old July 1st, 2012   #22
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Great thread. I just bought a 04, and was dying from the heat coming home in the bike. This bike cannot be ridden in FL summer without some mod. Will try removing the inner cowls today. Otherwise, what a great ride this bike is. Thanks.
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Old July 21st, 2012   #23
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I was installing a WOLO horn and had the tupperware off the bike. So I finally got around to removing the inner cowls.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE. A real positive change in driver comfort.
Storage pockets are usable and no longer toaster ovens.
I went on a group ride today and the heat, while summer riding, is not such a big issue.

Now that the concept is proven I plan to dremel big holes in the cowls and reinstall them to have finished inner edges and the top brace for the fairing.

Thanks to all for posting pictures and statements of results.

, David C
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Old July 21st, 2012   #24
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Default Re: Insulating Fairing Storage Pockets??

Thanks for confirming what I have known for eight years! In my opinion your results cutting a lot of holes in the inner cowls wont be as good as just removing them and useing the front corner only as a brace.

Ed
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