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Old 07-20-2013, 09:54 AM   #3871
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Old 07-20-2013, 10:34 AM   #3872
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A couple of recent threads inspired me to re-do my frame opening close-off mod:



I had done this a few years ago, and had removed it at one point (I had to take the bike in for warranty work and didn't want to catch grief about a modification). Later I'd installed the comfort kit and figured I didn't need it. I had installed weatherstripping along the top of the frame rail so that hot air didn't blast my inner right thigh. That worked well, but after a long ride in the summer, the seat itself would get REALLY hot.

I sealed the opening off with adhesive-backed aluminum HVAC tape (NOT duct tape). I doubled it over most of the opening (two pieces of tape sticky side to sticky side) so that the tape doesn't stick to the rear rocker cover. I'm pretty sure this will be a major improvement in reducing seat heat.
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Old 07-20-2013, 12:23 PM   #3873
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I rode about 200 miles yesterday in temps approaching 100*. I have no more heat issues after blocking that opening with a piece of aluminum baking tray.
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Old 07-21-2013, 05:17 PM   #3874
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Hmm...

You guys have convinced me to try it. I'll work something up this week.
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Old 07-21-2013, 06:34 PM   #3875
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I'm going to give this a go as well. Spent the last week riding from Longview, TX to Phoenix AZ. Heat in Texas was excruciating!! New Mexico and Arizona not near as bad as intermittent rain cooled things off. Salt River Canyon Rd(hwy#77) in Arizona is awesome! It's like a shorter version of the "Dragon".
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:05 AM   #3876
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A couple of recent threads inspired me to re-do my frame opening close-off mod:.... I'm pretty sure this will be a major improvement in reducing seat heat.
Doesn't this effect the heat-management of the engine too much? My uly (with twinmotorcycles mapping, which runs cooler than oem mapping) gets really hot on summer trips, I think the HVAC tape will even block some airflow and engine cooling?

Last weekend I went for a ride in Germany (Sauerland) and in busy, slow city traffic I turn off the bike too cool down (burning my pants away ) and when the light went green it even wouldn't start...
...click... when pushing the magic button was the only sound I heard...

After 5 min. waiting it started up again. Was it too hot? starter blocked by overheating? It sounded like a dead battery but the 2 days following this happened again, most times it started like a champ. Somebody experienced the same with a buell here?
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:14 AM   #3877
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:30 AM   #3878
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nice pic's...but u don't have any lugguage sistem?
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:57 PM   #3879
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Try US191

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I'm going to give this a go as well. Spent the last week riding from Longview, TX to Phoenix AZ. Heat in Texas was excruciating!! New Mexico and Arizona not near as bad as intermittent rain cooled things off. Salt River Canyon Rd(hwy#77) in Arizona is awesome! It's like a shorter version of the "Dragon".
If you liked Salt River Canyon, you should try US191 from Alpine down to Morenci. It's like 50 Dragons back to back to back.
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:38 PM   #3880
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If you liked Salt River Canyon, you should try US191 from Alpine down to Morenci. It's like 50 Dragons back to back to back.
Thanks, it's now on my list for the September trip
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Old 07-25-2013, 08:22 AM   #3881
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If you go to the New Mexico thread on BadWeb, look up Bartimus. He runs a Buell rally there spring and fall. Spring was in mid-May, fall should be September sometime.
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Old 07-25-2013, 10:13 AM   #3882
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Hey Rooster,

Are those Michelin PR3s? How do you like them off piste?
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Old 07-25-2013, 11:44 AM   #3883
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Hey Rooster,

Are those Michelin PR3s? How do you like them off piste?
Surprisingly good for what it is. Hit alot of sharp rocks at speed that day with no issues. I popped a Scorpion Sync doing these type roads more times than I can remember. Carry big patches to ensure getting home.
Need to put some more OR miles on before passing judgement, but so far me likes.
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:56 PM   #3884
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I had crap luck with both the Scorpion Syncs AND the Trails. I got flats in the most inconvenient of places (between Cascade Springs and Heber for example.)

I put the PR3s on a couple of thousand miles ago, and I'm quite happy with them. They're great in the rain, which is a good thing here....

I haven't had them off road at all, because they're a ROAD TIRE. How's the traction on gravel?
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Old 07-25-2013, 05:15 PM   #3885
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How's the traction on gravel?
Its no TKC, but it grips better than the Syncs. I was particularly worried about the tire chunking out because of all the siping. Not an issue, tires still look like new.
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