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Engine heat?

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I just got rid of my '09 800 GS due to the fact that I could not stand the hear "pouring" on my right leg when I rode it in 75 degree temperatures. I am back to my '08 KLR and '08 Tiger. Both bikes are great...no heat on my aging body!
Anyway...my question is the....when riding a Versys do you experience any enging heat on your legs, etc? I realize that when one stops at a light every bike will warm you up. I just don't want to go through all the hassle of buying another bike and finding out that it is VERY warm to ride.
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This is one of those questions like vibrations, some feel it, some don't. I don't notice any excessive heat, but you can tell the bike is running. I would suggest a test ride. I know most dealers wont allow them, but maybe someone on here lives near you & would offer a ride.

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I'm with Rick on this. You're sitting on a heat producing engine and that heat's got to go somewhere. I also have an ST1300 which some people say is a hot bike and others (me included) say not so much. I think a lot of it has to do with what you wear riding. I wear tall riding boots and overpants always, so I'm insulated from heat pouring off the motor or through the radiator.

The Versys is not a hot ride if you ask me.


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Bear is right! I notice some heat at times, but only when I have my knee against the gas tank. Several people have mentioned heat on their right leg, but I have only noticed it on my left leg. If I move my knee out about an inch I don't feel it.

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I would call it a warm right leg, not hot, and not an issue at all.

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I get some heat on the right leg. Is it oppressive? Not really. I have not ridden it in the heat of summer yet but I don't think it will get to bad.

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I agree, you can feel some heat on the right side, but it's not a "cooking your leg" kind of heat. Also, it's important to note what people are wearing when they report this - people who wear jeans in summer usually feel more heat than those in riding pants.

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Of all the bikes I have had, this one produces the least heat of any. Even when running in the desert around the Palm Springs area at temps over 100 its tolerable.

As others have mentioned, you get a bit of heat on your right leg when stuck in traffic, but nothing too bad.

I too had a Honda 1300ST and in my view heat on that was more noticeable. My Harley and my Valkyrie kicked out mucho heat.

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If you are wearing jeans you will get a nice blast of hot air on the inside of your right leg when its above 90f. The faster you go the more powerful the blast. If you are wearing mesh with nothing underneath it might be unbearable for some. In my textile gear or leather I don’t even notice it but in jeans it get annoying (I have a California version, not sure it matters).

At speed in hot weather the Versys has more hot air hitting my leg than my ST1300 does which some consider a real hot bike. To me the ST puts out no more heat than any other bike.

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mrpete, just a question, are you looking at the V for commuting purposes or other? I ask because you say you already have the Tigger? To answer your question, I agree with many here that it does get your right leg a little hot but not intolerable and also depends on the pants you wear, desirable in the cold weather though.

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I ride with knee pads under my Tecnik motorcycle jeans along with full boots and barely notice the heat, even in stop and go traffic. Riding my old Concours 1000 in the heat was like being trapped in a convection oven. It was the most uncomfortable bike I've ever owned heat wise. I don't notice much difference between the amount of heat put out on the Versys and the KLR, which I've also owned.
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Versys vs. KLR?

I have an '08 KLR and the heat from the engine, compared to my "x" 800 GS is...nill.
I am thinking about buying a Versys and putting my trax bags on it...some semi-off road tires...and heading for S.A.
I think that the extra HP of the Versys and fuel injection would be a nice thing to have. My 685 KLR is a nice bike...but not much in terms of zipping along as you know.
Besides...it would give me something to do "over-the-winter" here in upstate new york.
I like the looks of the '10.

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Compared to some of my other bikes ,there is no heat issue at all ,from my perspective

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If you ride a bike in England the heat is a plus point! I wish I had this problem.
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Before I got my Versys I had a 2006 Kawasaki EX650R (basically same motor). The heat was very excessive on it, at temperatures above 75 degrees I had to spread my legs and it was still uncomfortable. I got the Versys because after test riding one I found that my two biggest complaints had been addressed; heat dissipation and seating position. After I got the Versys I also wrapped the exhaust header with exhaust wrap. Now the only time I even feel anything is when stopped at over 90 degrees. It seems manufactures are as lack about designing motorcycles for correct heat ventilation as they are about designing comfortable seats. They really are trying to have it both ways. They normally won’t let you test ride a bike so most bikes are sold primarily on looks. Stylists design the seats and you can’t see how a bike will dissipate heat. I have found that bikes with the least body work the better. Better heat dissipation and mush easier to work on. Just changing the oil filter on the EX650R was a pain in the butt. Versys: piece of cake. Now my biggest complaint is power. I really could use another 10 hp for passing situations on nice curvy roads where the rubber necks in front of me are doing the speed limit. I wish they had not tried so hard to conform to a specific size to compete with another brand rather than engineering more for a specific task. Given all of the above I still think this ties with my favorite bike of all time. The other was a Yamaha TDM850. It had the power but unfortunately it fell down and went boom.
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Mostly wear jeans, no heat issue until 90+ degrees out, then still not a big deal, just ride with knees slightly off the tank. Interesting about the 800GS.
I looked at one before I got the V and didn't like the smaller 4 Gal. tank or the
skinny seat. This info makes the V purchase seem even better yet.


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A friend had one of the second-generation Honda Interceptor 700s; great bike, but it literally cooked your crotch on a warm day. I only notice the heat on my V on very warm days, but it's never as bad as the Interceptor used to be.
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My experience is the heat seems to be linked to wind. I live in a coastal area which is very windy. (Average wind speed - 14 mph with gusts around 35-50mph.) In my neck of the woods, the heat is always pouring on my right (or left leg, depending upon which direction I'm headed). When I get into areas where there is less wind, like the hill country, I don't feel the heat anymore.

I always wear full gear, which includes either mesh overpants or textile overpants, and full-length riding boots. To me, the heat seems to come from the radiator via the fan, not the exhaust. In the summer it will regularly break 100F. I don't think the heat is an issue. You can feel it, but it's not overwhelming.

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I live about 1/2 hour east from you and the only time the heat bothered me was the few times the temp was about 90 this past summer and that was on the side streets. Once your moving it is noticeable, but not anything too bad.

Talk to me next spring/summer. We can swap bikes and go for a ride.

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I find it gets pretty hot on the right side, though only only real scorchers.
I was looking at fabricating a stainless steel section to cover the offending area, though I'm trying a hard plastic template @ the moment, and it works...
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