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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-21-2014, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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First off, I used the search function a few times and didn't find what I was looking for, if this is answered somewhere else I apologize.

I have a 2014 Cross Country 8-Ball with stock exhaust, I noticed yesterday after my ride home from work (about 45 minutes) and reached into my bags and they were pretty warm, to the point where my unfinished food from lunch that was inside was now pre-heated for me.

Is this common, is there anything that can be done, and can this cause any damage to the bags?

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Just have food in a proper container and leave the lid a little loose. Keep your cold beverages in the trunk.
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all saddlebags get warm inside. Think of the h-d has been doing it for 80 years
I stuff me jacket in and then put food on top of it.

You can go to auto parts store and buy exhaust blanket its not cheap but you can cover the bottom of the bag to stop some of the heat

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Not sure how well they work but I have seen these advertised

http://buywitchdoctors.com/p/1450/vi...-roads-sc-387/
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Yes,.. I found this out with my 13' XC the first week I had it riding in July during 105+ weather. The right saddlebag especially, because it was making my ipod get to hot to play.

What I did was buy aluminum duct tape (not plain old duct tape, but the aluminum stuff) and covered the bottom of my saddlebags. This solved the problem, and no more heat build up. The Witchdoctors kit is close to the same stuff, just precut and a little thicker, but the aluminum tape from any hardware store will work.
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The Witchdoctors saddlebag heat shield kits work great. While you're at it, buy the one they make for under the seat as well.

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Not sure how well they work but I have seen these advertised

http://buywitchdoctors.com/p/1450/vi...-roads-sc-387/
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The Witchdoctors saddlebag heat shield kits work great. While you're at it, buy the one they make for under the seat as well.
+1 to this suggestion. If you wanted to save a bit you could simply buy the tape on a roll from Auto Zone and cut to fit the bottom outside of the bags. That's what I did anyway before WD came up with the kit.
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Yes,.. I found this out with my 13' XC the first week I had it riding in July during 105+ weather. The right saddlebag especially, because it was making my ipod get to hot to play.

What I did was buy aluminum duct tape (not plain old duct tape, but the aluminum stuff) and covered the bottom of my saddlebags. This solved the problem, and no more heat build up. The Witchdoctors kit is close to the same stuff, just precut and a little thicker, but the aluminum tape from any hardware store will work.
I actually have a roll of this tape in my garage already and the thought crossed my mind. However I think I want something that will look cleaner than I can cut myself.

Thanks for the suggestion!
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The Witchdoctors saddlebag heat shield kits work great. While you're at it, buy the one they make for under the seat as well.
I'll take a look at this and may go that route. I might look at doing this and then the blanket as Johnny suggested to make it look nice and clean.


EDIT: Oh these go on the outside bottom of the bags...hmmm

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Picked up a 3' x 4' chunk of Heat Shield 2000 Degree from a Hot Rod shop - $50 and I am going to have lots left so will be giving it to my friends here in town!
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I can tell you my 13 XC Is waaaaaay hotter than my 11 XR was. Both have hard bags. So, this tape that everyone speaks of.... Inside the bag or on the outside bottom surface?

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