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Not the exhaust. The way it's routed and the speed I'm going precludes that as the cuplrit.
Thought of the heat exchange thru the radiator as well, but doesn't seem to make sense. I've had bikes where the fan was on one side or the other, but on the V it's centered. I'd expect the blast to be equal.
I always ride ATGATT. That means pants or shorts with mesh kevlar riding pants and jacket, gloves, helmet & boots.
There's no difference in how I position my left & right leg. Both are the same distance from the tank/engine. Hugging my left leg right up against the tank causes no discomfort/hot spot. It's only on the right side.
And if you would read my entire post, you would know that I'm traveling at freeway speeds so all your comments/replies about how it feels going slow are pointless.
I don't have a thottle lock.
Thanks for the tip about possibly putting something there to block the heat, but I'd rather fix the issue than put a band-aid on it.
Yeah - when it's 110-120, doesn't matter if its hot in any one spot, you are roasting all over
Think I'll try a static test this weekend (it's supposed to near 100 by Sunday). Run the bike with an industrial fan blowing and see if I can trace the heat back.