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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-05-2014, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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I have been reading quite a few posts recently and see a lot mentioned about XCT heat issues. Previously I owned a 2011 Vision Tour and put over 16K miles on her in two years. I had the OEM adjustable lowers on her. I never had any issue with heat for me or any passenger I might be carrying. I live in southern AZ and have ridden in some pretty hot temps and never felt uncomfortable. With that said, why is the XCT any different? It is the same power plant. Is it because of the air management system on the XCT? I'm just not understanding I guess. I am thinking seriously about getting a XCT but am concerned with the heat issue you all are mentioning.

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I think I can answer this. It's mostly an issue with the stock lowers like found on the Tour model. They kind of hold the heat in because they work so well in keeping the elements off the legs. There are ways to deal with it. Some more expensive than others.

I'm surprised you never felt uncomfortable in our AZ Summer heat on your Vision. The Vision is well known for being hot in the Summer. You might not have any issue with an XCT Tour because of this. You might simply be acclimated to the heat.
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BBob, thanks for the quick reply. For some reason I knew you would be the first responder. Lol. I kind of figured it was the lowers. But the Vision had pretty good protection as well and I don't remember ever being uncomfortable. Maybe my memory is shot but I don't think I did. I was reading the posting about your heat shields which is why I brought this up. I'm not averse to a heat shield just a little concerned it might be needed.

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I have 2013 xct and road with a passenger down to Houston Tx in the month of August. The average temp was about 100 deg. While fully loaded and averaging about 85 down the interstate the bike did fine with no issues to report. I felt a small amount of heat with the lowers open, but the passenger did not feel anything. The extra speed helped keep us cooler and the heat on my legs was not bad. After about 10 minutes on the bike, I did not notice the heat at all. When riding slow on city streets, I did not notice the heat at all. I guess it is being blown a different path. I would not worry about any heat issues off of this bike and it is the most comfortable I have ridden to date.

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Never heard of a passenger being uncomfortable unless you are referring to A HD Ultra Classic. The heat is mostly noticeable to the driver's left leg, but certainly not hot in comparison to other bikes with similar wind protection.
yes it is hotter than the same bike or others with no lowers. My friend has a 2013 HD anniversary Edition and his wife complained constantly about her feet burning. He rode mine and said heat was less for her and him. On his, he had to pull the catalytic converters to cut the heat, which some do also on the XCT, but you may loose HP.

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When we lived in S/W Florida my wife rode her Vision four years. Her right leg would get medium rare from the heat. I wrapped the rear pipe, helped some, installed Baker air wings, helped some but it was still hot.
She is now on a XC, although up here in N/E Georgia some extra heat would be a good thing about now. The Vision was a fantastic bike, handled like a dream.

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You will have to tune it to knock the heat down. 20* drop in temp on my bike after tune. It's expensive but all air cooled bikes need help. The EPA tuned our bike's at the factory. Lean !

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You will have to tune it to knock the heat down. 20* drop in temp on my bike after tune. It's expensive but all air cooled bikes need help. The EPA tuned our bike's at the factory. Lean !
I agree.
All EPA tuned bikes run a bit hot.
My 2005 Road King lost 20 or 30 degrees of head temp heat by porting the heads and a quality tune (thundermax) .
I will be doing a PCVw/autotune soon. Then a Bassani Header w/o a cat.
Right now; I think much of the heat from the engine is soaked up by the frame right behind engine. Some of that heat is deposited into the seat.
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What is this heat you speak of? Never had an issue on my Hardball.

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A fuel controller or even a S1 flash along with a free flowing exhaust will do wonders towards engine heat output. Maybe why your Vision wasn't hot if it was set up good that way. I removed the right side cat on my XC, bent over the diverter plate in the crossover so the exhaust mostly comes out the right side and now I almost wish I had more heat coming off the engine on cooler days.
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