Are the heat issues worked out for 2017 on the 1290SA-R?

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  1. SRTie4k

    SRTie4k Newly-Clothed Explorer

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    Last year my buddy and I went out on a day long ride in 95 degree northeastern summer weather. When moving, even slowly, the heat coming off my 15 1290SA was not that noticeable wearing mesh pants and adv boots. When stopped in a traffic jam, it was definitely noticeable, but not unbearably scalding like some other bikes I've been on.

    Yesterday in 85 degree weather, the engine heat was just noticeable when stopped, but not noticeable at all when moving.
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  2. TakSD

    TakSD Been here awhile

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    I also think the 1290 SAR has more heat that the 1190 R I used to have... seems to be different for each bike but in any case not a del breaker, just unpleasant. Summer here is 30-40 Celsius, even more some times.
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  3. Madure

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    So new bikes in town I rushed to the dealer to get the 1290SA S... I was on the bike inside the dealers garage and after a few minutes it was HOT! I don't know how the 1190 was but compared with my 1200gs the difference is day and night. Very noticeable.
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  4. Bamboo Baby

    Bamboo Baby Been here awhile

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    The heat comes from the rear header pipe. Not from the engine. Sort the header pipe out, wrap or or whatever, and problem solved.
    The 1190 had heat, the new 1290 also. The 1290 have a few fancy thingys to cure the heat problem, that the 1190 dont have, but the heat is still there.
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  5. ArferBrick

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    2016 1290SA - I found that the powerparts carbon side panels held the heat in and made my seat unbearably hot, especially when stuck in traffic. Removed them and all is now sweet. They look great but are sadly unpractical unless it's winter. Waste of 350 buckazoids! Riding in shorts & sneakers I get a hot leg when I stop at lights, but on the move it's not an issue and with long trousers I don't notice anything.
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  6. panzer

    panzer I Talk, She Ignores

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    Most bikes that I have owned have have had an uncomfortable heat problem in very warm weather, especially when just plodding along. When the fan came on on my Tenere I was baked, the first thing the harleys needed was a dynojet kit to cool them down, even my new f150 gets heat soaked in the firewall, but there you have air conditioning, it's the nature of the modern internal combustion engine.
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  7. Bamboo Baby

    Bamboo Baby Been here awhile

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    I did some work on my SAR today.

    I see some stuff my 1190 did not have.

    There is an extra plastic cover under the seat, fastened to the frame. The did the foil again under the seat. Left side has a panel that directs radiator heat away from your legs, same with right side. But again, nothing to help with the rear manifold pipe. They way the bike is designed, the rear cylinder pipe, the heat stays there trying to get out but cant. There is not enough airflow in the area that can help get the heat out as fast as possible. That is why Wings made the seat Coolers strapped to the frame, to force air in there.
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  8. Madure

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    Ok, this weekend I rode it in the highway for over 200 miles with a pillion, nice sunny day, klim gear and alpine stars boots. It handled great, I couldn't rev it up as I'm under 600 and even so the engine behaved beauuuutifly, wind protection pretty good and heat wasn't a problem at all. I stopped in some traffic light and I didn't feel the heat I felt inside the dealer garage last Friday. The gearbox is also very nice but the clutch is much harder than the gs and holding it in while in traffic for many hours can get you looking for neutral very soon. The topcase works great, sits very tight in the back and feels un intrusive.

    If anyone has any questions I'll be happy to test and report.
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