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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-26-2009, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs down my versys makes me hot between the legs

so i have been noticing that my legs get real hot on the inside of my thigh and knee from engine heat, specifically the hot air blowing off the fan. I noticed it after installing my hepco becker engine gaurds so i took them off and its definetly better without. I dont know if they disrupt the air flow so much that it makes a pocket for the hot air to sit in, i also switched to amsoil synthetic 10w-40 motor oil when i put them on and thought maybe it was an oil issue???? anyone else ever have this issue, no warning lights come on or anything, the bikes full of oil and coolant and the radiator is not blocked or dirty or leaking. i want to continue to use my gaurds so i have thought of drilling vent holes through them and welding hollow round stock in so they stay strong but let air flow through
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Yes in temps above 95 mine gets very hot, mostly on the right side (inside my right thigh).

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rofl...sorry, the title made me laugh out loud. The only real heat I get is when I'm stopped in traffic, i can feel the heat coming out the right side of the radiator. It's not near as bad as the heat coming off the header on my old '99 Shadow.
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Dunno Hurricane..I ride with Olympia pants (black no less) with H&B's and I can feel some heat on the right side, but it ain't enough to make me want to turn a hose on the gams... Not to sure about drilling a gazillion holes in your bars, might weeken them a tad, not to mention that pesky rust problem that might crop up when water gets in them...

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I don't see how my Hebco & Becker crash bars could possibly cause any measurable difference in cooling air flow... I did however replace the flat crossbar above the radiator with an aluminum flatbar of the same dimensions, but twisted at both ends. It's now an air collector instead of a restrictor, for better airflow on top of engine to airbox inlets. It's also about a pound lighter. First pic shows original H&B crossbar.
Oh and good choice on the Amsoil synthetic 10W40 motorcycle oil, like I use.
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My bike feels like its on fire on my way home every evening. Dallas traffic home every day at 100+ is getting old.

But seriously, less engine heat than my previous bike thrown my way by alot.


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Not to minimize your discomfort but a little ride around Phoenix when it is 115 tends to make that problem go away. You're just hot all over.
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Cacti and 115, but it's just a dry heat? Dang, that would kill me for sure... Cool and damp summer here this year, and it peaked at nearly 52 degrees F today.
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Try riding in the rain.
You be seeing steam rising at the traffic light. No kidding.

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Was riding in 101 today, the heat still pumps out from the right side around 55 mph just like I remembered. LOL Inside of my right leg got a little warm but thats what I get for wearing jeans.

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Spread your legs!

Sorry, couldn't resist. The thread title was begging for it.

All kidding aside, I notice quite a bit of heat on the right side as well, especially in stop and go traffic and on hot days. Splaying your knees out makes it easier to move that pocket of hot air out of there.

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Sorry, couldn't resist. The thread title was begging for it.

All kidding aside, I notice quite a bit of heat on the right side as well, especially in stop and go traffic and on hot days. Splaying your knees out makes it easier to move that pocket of hot air out of there.

It sounds funny, but it does work! It might look all squidly, but it works!





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So what is wrong with mine? My left leg gets the heat!

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Now I have four!
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Actually, it's left for me as well, but it's no more than what I consider to be normal...



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my right side gets the most heat and its not terrible without the bars but it got annoying with them on... its gone from 85degrees down to about 58degrees for my morning ride and only hits in the 70's now so the bars might go back on... I leave for my VT trip this week so the little extra heat might be nice, Anyways not a huge deal im not really a picky guy just wanted to see if it was just me, but a characteristic of the bike is what it is and I still like it.
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HOT... WHAt? Geez, I mean like.... I had a girl friend like that once but...
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Ride a Buell Ulysses if you want to feel engine heat. After coming off that bike, The Versys feels downright cool.
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try riding in northern england and scotland you pray for the warm air comeing off the engine its allways bloody cold here
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I too was bothered by heat radiating mostly on the right side. I figured out the reason for this discrepancy is that the Versys has the exhaust pipes bent in a curve to the right side. I used exhaust wrap on mine and it has made a huge difference.
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I've noticed it too, but it's just enough to make me think about other things.

Here in Florida, I'm sweltering until September anyways so it's not something I can't put up with.
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