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Ok, I hear a lot about different mod's you can do to eliminate the heat issues on the XCT but for everyone that says they work someone says they don't and none of them are cheap. I'd spend what ever I had to if I knew for a fact the mod would take care of the problem. Soooo I decided to come up with something and could use any input fellow forum readers can provide.
First, I took a hot plate pad and added some emergency blanket material and strapped it to the inside of my leg. It worked so so. It didn't cover enough area, guess I could always buy a larger one. I also used some aluminum insulation from home depot, and 2nd I thought I could do better.
So I found a full length Barbeque Glove at Gabela's sporting goods store for $15.00 that says it protects up to 450 degrees and the protective cover goes the entire length of the glove not just the hand part. I split it then separated the inner and outer cover and sandwiched a piece of the emergency blanket material. had the wife sew on 2" wide velco and I was off and running.
Big problem..... I strapped it on my leg so it would be under my clothes and no matter how tight, it kept slipping down when I walked.
OH well, I went for a 30 minute ride. It was 104 degrees at 3 PM here in Phoenix AZ and I left the lower vent wide open since I've heard that makes it even hotter. I was very impressed with the results but it needs futher testing. Tomorrow I will buy an IF laser thermometer and get some numbers. Other than sewing them into my favorite riding pants does anyone have any idea's on how to keep it from slipping? Or better reflective material? I understand there are materials like Nomex or Carbon X that fire fighters clothes are made from that might work too.
 

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Well, since Vic likes to keep a eye on what Hardley does, maybe they will one up them and do what the japanese bikes have done for years,
Full Liquid cooled Bikes.thumb up (one can hope)
 

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Coming from a water cooled Kawasaki I agree and wonder everytime I'm riding my HOT xct why they didn't do it. But its too late now since this is the last bike I will ever buy. So I have to figure something else out.
 

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Sure seems to me it would be a lot easier & beneficial to remove the wind management vents entirely from the lower crash bar. I used to have an XC & when I test drove the XCT, concluded right away they would have to come off in summer. Bbob out in Lake Havasu actually had a XC, converted over to XCT, then found out the hard way about heat management & went a whole nother direction.
One more suggestion, get yourself a gel seat pad covered in sheepskin. It will raise your inner thighs up about 1" off the seat & allow some air flow to cool them down. I ride a Vision in rush hour traffic every day here in the valley & feel your pain!
Bottom line, it's hot here in AZ this time of year & "pleasure" riding should be done in the early am.
By the way, sounds like we are neighbors. I am in north Peoria.
 

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WOW!
I am also here in the valley, and have a regular XC.It gets a little warm on my inner thighs, THIS time of year, but no where near the extremes that i would need to run some kind of armor on my body, when out riding.
Are the tour models that much hotter?
 

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WOW!
I am also here in the valley, and have a regular XC.It gets a little warm on my inner thighs, THIS time of year, but no where near the extremes that i would need to run some kind of armor on my body, when out riding.
Are the tour models that much hotter?
hard to say until I take the temps and then we can compare, but I suspect the XC will be cooler.
 

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Here's the result of the temp test I did for what ever it is worth.
Just finished the first test with the o2 sensors still installed. I did two test, one after an 8 mile 15-20 minute city ride at 45-50 mph. with the lower vent opened 1 3/4" and the other with the vent closed.*

2nd test was over 19 miles on the freeway at 70 mph. With and without the vents being open.

I took reading 6" down from where the exhaust leaves the cyclinder head, which is just under the right leg area, then I took a reading on the seat where your thigh would touch, then the side panel and finally the front of the right saddle bag.*
I could give all the numbers but basically out of the 5 readings all of them were lower with the vent opened 1 3/4".*

I will say the passengers temps went from 131 degrees with the*
1-3/4" open vent to 144 with it fully open. Around town at 45-50 mph the seat was cooler by 16 degrees, at 70 mph it was 8 degrees cooler.*

At idle after the freeway ride same as at a stop light temps increased anywhere from 40 egrees on the seat and exhaust to 23 degrees on the saddle bags.

My next test will be with and with out the 02 sensors hook up.
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My guess is it'll be cooler out of the heads and hotter at the cats. Too much excess fuel will melt a Cat.
 

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My guess is it'll be cooler out of the heads and hotter at the cats. Too much excess fuel will melt a Cat.
You are correct the cat area would be hotter but thats down low and was hard for me to get a laser reading so I just picked a place close to the riders right thigh.
 

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So after a lot of experimenting I decided the easiest way was to buy some spandx type brief's/sport shorts with 9" legs and have the barbeque glove split open and sewn inside and it works just fine.

If I did it again I wouldn't put the emergency blanket material in the glove because it makes some noise when you move.

The mittens cost me $15 at Gabela's and the pants were on sale at Sportman Chalet for $9. and the wife sewed them up for me. Some of the pants already come with pockets built inside the pants to put padding in for the football players but they weren't large enough.
 

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Ok, I hear a lot about different mod's you can do to eliminate the heat issues on the XCT but for everyone that says they work someone says they don't and none of them are cheap. I'd spend what ever I had to if I knew for a fact the mod would take care of the problem. Soooo I decided to come up with something and could use any input fellow forum readers can provide.
First, I took a hot plate pad and added some emergency blanket material and strapped it to the inside of my leg. It worked so so. It didn't cover enough area, guess I could always buy a larger one. I also used some aluminum insulation from home depot, and 2nd I thought I could do better.
So I found a full length Barbeque Glove at Gabela's sporting goods store for $15.00 that says it protects up to 450 degrees and the protective cover goes the entire length of the glove not just the hand part. I split it then separated the inner and outer cover and sandwiched a piece of the emergency blanket material. had the wife sew on 2" wide velco and I was off and running.
Big problem..... I strapped it on my leg so it would be under my clothes and no matter how tight, it kept slipping down when I walked.
OH well, I went for a 30 minute ride. It was 104 degrees at 3 PM here in Phoenix AZ and I left the lower vent wide open since I've heard that makes it even hotter. I was very impressed with the results but it needs futher testing. Tomorrow I will buy an IF laser thermometer and get some numbers. Other than sewing them into my favorite riding pants does anyone have any idea's on how to keep it from slipping? Or better reflective material? I understand there are materials like Nomex or Carbon X that fire fighters clothes are made from that might work too.
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While what you are doing is protecting you from the heat, you are not doing anything to eliminate or reduce the heat itself (by allowing the engine to operate at a cooler temperature).
 
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