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Old February 11th, 2010   #1
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Default Interesting heat reduction info in MCN

That's the US Motorcycle Consumer News, not the British rag.

There's a letter in the March 2010 issue asking about the Phoenix PD's use of ST1300s and their problems with, and solution for, the excessive heat reported by some riders.

Apparently the PPD initially rejected the ST1300 because of heat issues, but after testing some fixes, are now using them without heat related issues. The fixes implemented are:

1. Lowering the tank pads to better keep the riders legs from touching the tank.

2. Placing a heat shield under the tank, from frame rail to frame rail, to block heat transfer to the tank. The heat shielding is described as "the same kind used in engine compartments."

3. (One I've not read about before) They placed foam weather stripping between the lower side of the fairing cutouts and the cylinder heads. It says that by using a laser thermometer the PD found more heat coming through that gap than anywhere else on the bike.

I can't quite visualize this one, so I'll have to look at the bike when it's a little warmer.

FYI, we've had about 75 inches of snow here this winter. I'm glad I have a garage.
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Old February 11th, 2010   #2
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Our fearless Chief Bottle Washer had developed a "heat Blanket" made of the same stuff, the good stuff, years ago.
Someone was experimenting with aluminum foil lined whatever similar to the windshield sun shields used in cars. I seem to recall Velcro attachment to the frame rails.
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Lower part of the valve cover/fairing opening makes some sense as the headers are right below. Shove foam in it, FJR trick.

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I'm freezing - I need that heat. Hug an engine.
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Old February 11th, 2010   #4
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I cut holes in my inner front cowling and solved the heat issue, a lot less hassle than heat shields, liners and foam strips.

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Default Re: Interesting heat reduction info in MCN

I tossed my inner cowls, end of problem and super easy to do. However, I almost never ride in hot city traffic so I cant say how it works under those conditions.

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Removing or drilling the cowls definitely helps at speed, but not so much in traffic.
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I have to say drilling holes in the inner cowling helped both at speed and in traffic. When the bike is at a red light, the heat actually rises up through the triple tree column and dissipates in front of me. Mind you the hottest day around here is around 90F. The only thing that is messed up is the air temperature guage, it only reads accurately when the bike is traveling.
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You really can't tell if any of these so-called "Heat fixes" help until the ambient surrounding temps are above 99 degrees.

But, the ones listed by the this article are some of the ones we've tried in the past. I've already tried the "heat blanket" under the seat on my first ST1300 and on this ST, I've implemented the vents in the Inner cowling panels. The latter didn't help much.

I'm now trying two other ones:

- wrapping the header pipes (if this helps, I'm going to have my pipes ceramic coated)

- Evans NPGR non-aqueous coolant

Won't be able to tell whether these work until summer, though.
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Drilled the inner cowling , wrapped the headers, and lined the complete side plastics with KTM reflective tape including the faring pockets. I'm Happy
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Default Re: Interesting heat reduction info in MCN

[quote] I'm now trying two other ones:

- wrapping the header pipes (if this helps, I'm going to have my pipes ceramic coated)
- Evans NPGR non-aqueous coolant
Won't be able to tell whether these work until summer, though.[quote]


I have double wrapped the headers and notice a small benefit,especially on days with less than 90 degrees, but wrapping may be best used in a comprehensive program of heat abatement.

Per the remarks from members of this forum, removal of the inner panels made the most difference.

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