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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 05-29-2012, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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After roasting my thighs this past (very hot) weekend, I'm very interested in some type of heat deflector that can make the ride more comfortable.

Most of the heat deflectors that I've seen install at the lower front of the saddle area which is where most of the heat problem is concentrated on my XCT. Several companies make them (mostly for Harley's though) and most look like this one advertised on ebay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/220849324091...#ht_500wt_1056

I know that lot's of folks have noted the excessive engine heat hitting the thigh area but I haven't seen much in the way of actual solutions. These saddle heat deflectors look like they could be of help but I don't really know.

Of course I do know that the lower and upper vents can help a lot but, with the heat we had this past weekend, the vents just weren't enough once we got into slower traffic areas. At one point, my in-dash temperature display read 109 F.

Anybody here found a saddle heat deflector that they like or have any words of wisdom on how to better deflect engine heat away from the thigh area?
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There isn't anything commercial yet but someone in the last discussion on this (HandyHoward maybe?) mentioned that he used a couple of thick leather flaps to block/divert some of the heat.

If you haven't already done so you can also disconnect your O2 sensors which will make it run a little cooler.

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Nappy, I don't know where you live ( neither does anybody else on this forum) but if you lived here in the Northwest, you wouldn't be complaining about heat issues. The Memorial Day weekend was in the low 60s, but its gonna warm up to the mid 70s by mid week. How's that for a heat issue solution? Hey, I tried.

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I contacted Kurykan and asked if they were planning to make the saddle heat shields for Victory bikes and they said they don't have anything planned yet. I would think they would sell pretty well. I've noticed a big difference in the heat from my Cross Country to my Tour.
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Thanks ammo, I had forgotten about the O2 sensor thing. I'll try that next time.

I'm going to try to make up a set of leather flaps & see how they work.

I'm in Central KY, Ricz, but I used to live across the river from you in Vancouver. Beautiful area you have there & I hope to be back for a visit next spring.

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After roasting ....
Of course I do know that the lower and upper vents can help a lot but, with the heat we had this past weekend, the vents just weren't enough once we got into slower traffic areas. At one point, my in-dash temperature display read 109 F....
Was this a problem on the highway at all?
Only at lower speeds?
What did you have the lower deflectors set at?
Would not having hard lowers have helped?


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The ride itself was 3 days of mixed highway and country riding, passing through lots of small towns. Although we did not do any kind of survey, we noticed multiple bank temperature displays in the mid - upper 90's in the afternoons. During this time, I tried numerous lower and upper deflector positions

It seemed like having the lower deflectors a little less than wide open worked the best overall. The problem was definitely worse at intermediate speeds (30 - 45 mph) than at highway speeds or stop-and-go. However, the in-dash temperature display registered the highest temps at stop lights.

Irritation was definitely worse with short pants than with jeans. I'm guessing that chaps would have helped even more than jeans. This is why I'm thinking about trying some kind of leather flaps (I don't have chaps).

The more I think about this, the more it seems that there is a difference between a heat deflector vs a heat shield. The leather flaps would be more of a shield while the Kuryakyn item that VanG mentioned would be more of the deflector type.

I don't know which type would be better but, as an effective shield does not seem to be available for the XCT right now, I'm going to try to cobble together some kind of shield before this weekend. Heading out on a 2700 mi trip on Saturday so need to get this together soon.

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I'm in Central KY, Ricz, but I used to live across the river from you in Vancouver. Beautiful area you have there & I hope to be back for a visit next spring.
Then you know about our cool weather. Hey, you're living in a great part of the country for riding, too. Been out there a few times as we have friends who live in the mountains of northern GA. So many neat roads, places and eats.
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The ride itself was 3 days of mixed highway and country riding, passing through lots of small towns. Although we did not do any kind of survey, we noticed multiple bank temperature displays in the mid - upper 90's in the afternoons. During this time, I tried numerous lower and upper deflector positions

It seemed like having the lower deflectors a little less than wide open worked the best overall. The problem was definitely worse at intermediate speeds (30 - 45 mph) than at highway speeds or stop-and-go. However, the in-dash temperature display registered the highest temps at stop lights.....
Great descriptions, thanks!

It sounded like you were carrying a passenger. I'm guessing you've summed up their experience as well?

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After roasting my thighs this past (very hot) weekend, I'm very interested in some type of heat deflector that can make the ride more comfortable.

Most of the heat deflectors that I've seen install at the lower front of the saddle area which is where most of the heat problem is concentrated on my XCT. Several companies make them (mostly for Harley's though) and most look like this one advertised on ebay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/220849324091...#ht_500wt_1056

I know that lot's of folks have noted the excessive engine heat hitting the thigh area but I haven't seen much in the way of actual solutions. These saddle heat deflectors look like they could be of help but I don't really know.

Of course I do know that the lower and upper vents can help a lot but, with the heat we had this past weekend, the vents just weren't enough once we got into slower traffic areas. At one point, my in-dash temperature display read 109 F.

Anybody here found a saddle heat deflector that they like or have any words of wisdom on how to better deflect engine heat away from the thigh area?
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