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I was puttin' around last night and stopped for a beverage. As I got off the bike an orange glow from the engine area caught my eye... the header pipe for the rear cylinder was HOT. I am still in the break-in period, have not installed the Stage 1 yet, and had been taking it easy just puttin' around town.

When I got back on the bike I kept an eye on it, and yes... any load what so ever will get that pipe to glow. While going down the road I can see the reflection off the chrome cover for the front drive pulley.

So... Is this normal??

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This is a pic of the glowing pipe as seen in the reflection off the cover... not a very good pic as it had a little time to cool and there was a lot of background light.

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You look to be running way lean. Have you changed anything yet like the air filter, baffles, etc?
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You look to be running way lean. Have you changed anything yet like the air filter, baffles, etc?
Completely stock 2013 Cross Country Tour with about 300 miles on it.

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Glowing can be from to lean. What are you getting for miles per gallon?
You could have a slight exhaust leak.
Are you doing a lot of stop and go traffic and lugging your motor

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Glowing can be from to lean. What are you getting for miles per gallon?
You could have a slight exhaust leak.
Are you doing a lot of stop and go traffic and lugging your motor
Average since 0 miles is 37.8mpg. Normal Saturday evening in Jax... some stop-n-go, but mostly go. Trying to keep rpms under 3,000 for break in.

Exhaust leak... hmmmm. At the head or where the header meets the muffler can?

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+1 on way, way too lean. At 300 miles you should be revving 'er up over 3,000 occasionally. Otherwise, you'll have her well broken in under 3K, but not for over 3K. You should have seen what they did at the factory when your bike rolled off the assembly line and onto the dyno. OMG!

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I said "trying"... but occasionally I get over 3K anyway. Trying to break it in per Vic recommendations.

Running way lean is a problem and can cause major damage. Dealer is 100 miles away.

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Just re-torqued exhaust bolts. One was at least 1/2 a turn loose. Set wrench at 15, one side tight, other loose. Moved up to 18 and repeated. I have a feeling that's not the real problem, but we will see.

Breaking out the infrared thermometer and going for a spin.

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I noticed this also on my bike. Yes they will do it, the dealer told me because of course I questioned him about it. Yes they run lean, he also told me this. Now I do remember working on my old Chevys at night with the headers on that V8 and yes running them in the dark the old headers will glow. Remember that is single wall of tube steel that is being used to run for the exhaust. It will get very hot.
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