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Heat coming from the right side

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Now that we've hit the high 80s-low 90s here in NJ, riding my 2013 V on local streets after highway runs, I've been feeling some heat on the inside of my right leg. What's strange is it does not happen on the left side of the bike. I hear the fan running, though. No warning lights come up, thank goodness. Has anyone experience this?
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Yup. The exhaust headers make a swing toward the right side of the bike on their way to the muffler.

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Every Versys 650 owner experiences this... Air expulsed from the radiator is partially blocked by the radiator to thermostat hose on the left, allowing more heated air to flow on the right, and there's more heat radiated onto right leg from the engine's cylinder block and head which is offset and closer to the right. There's also radiated and rising heat from muffler/catalytic converter unit down on the right.

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Every Versys 650 owner experiences this... Air expulsed from the radiator is partially blocked by the radiator to thermostat hose on the left, allowing more heated air to flow on the right, and there's more heat radiated onto right leg from the engine's cylinder block and head which is offset and closer to the right. There's also radiated and rising heat from muffler/catalytic converter unit down on the right.
Is there a "cure" for this other than open your right leg wider? ... but then it catches wind causing to further spread it.
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No real cure for it... It's just the nature of the beast.
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Is there a "cure" for this other than open your right leg wider? ... but then it catches wind causing to further spread it.
Yes, there is a solution. Ride a Buell Ulysses for a while. Then get back on your versys and you won't notice any heat.

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Yes, there is a solution. Ride a Buell Ulysses for a while. Then get back on your versys and you won't notice any heat.
Similarly, come to Arizona( 118 degrees tomorrow). You'll be so miserable all over you won't even notice your right leg.

Now there is a couple of useless solutions.
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My 2011 does the same. However I don't find it a problem. The Versys is better than most of the motorcycles I have owned for hot weather riding. I don't even notice it when riding. Are you wearing protective riding gear? I can see how you might notice the engine heat if one was wearing thin jeans.
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No real cure for it... It's just the nature of the beast.
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My 2011 does the same. However I don't find it a problem. The Versys is better than most of the motorcycles I have owned for hot weather riding. I don't even notice it when riding. Are you wearing protective riding gear? I can see how you might notice the engine heat if one was wearing thin jeans.
Now a days, I do wear just jeans to keep cool. I do have leather pants, but I only wear it on colder days.
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hey....watcha complaining about??
.....come late September and on, you will be welcoming that
warmer airflow on your right leg.
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I get the same thing on my California model Versys. The emissions canister on the left blocks air from the radiator that would otherwise go on my left leg. The right side is free of obstructions, so the airflow is better and I can feel it more in the heat.

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Yes, there is a solution. Ride a Buell Ulysses for a while. Then get back on your versys and you won't notice any heat.
I can confirm this solution works, I had an XB9SX and riding it in the city during the summer months it got unbearably hot, was one of the reasons I sold it.
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I can confirm this solution works, I had an XB9SX and riding it in the city during the summer months it got unbearably hot, was one of the reasons I sold it.
Same on my XB12STT...like riding around on a Pot Belly Stove. I love the Versys closest to A\C on a bike after the Buell as you can get!

BUT the radiator on the left side of my KLR can heat things up a bit at time...not in the same class of the Buell at all.


And just remember as all us old Buellers say "Loud Fans Save Lives"

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Yes, there is a solution. Ride a Buell Ulysses for a while. Then get back on your versys and you won't notice any heat.


When I tested a Ulysses, the right-leg heat was a deal-breaker for me.

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