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Old 05-30-2012, 09:17 AM   #1
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Is it to hot in Houston to commute on a Harley

I ride most days on a ZX6R. I have 31000 miles on a 2009. I am in the market for a new whip and my crotch rocket self is flirting with a Harley Softail Slim. What i'm worried about is the afternoon heat in traffic. Can you overheat a air cooled motor in this houston heat?
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:23 AM   #2
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I have seen it happen too many times to count when stuck in 45S traffic near Gtown
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:28 AM   #3
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I haven't had a problem commuting, then again I am off before or after the rush hour. As long as you are cruising its all good.
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:29 AM   #4
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Newer ones should'nt have overheating problems, your thighs however are another story in traffic or at lights.
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I doidnt have an issue with commuting on mine.
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It it is hot enough to overheat an aircool motor, I probably wouldn't want to be out riding anyway. That's just me.

I do see a lot of Harley riders out in the middle of an August day with tank top, jeans, and at most a bandana on their foreheads.
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:49 AM   #8
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Your thighs will blister in stop and go traffic before the engine stops running. You can always add an oil cooler. I too commute on a HD but it's not during rush hour
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:44 AM   #9
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My Buell gets hot as when I have to come to a stop for too long. I'v never had any problems with overheating though. The biggest problem with mine is the frame covers up most of the rear cylinder so that heat ends up transferring to your legs. There is a fan under the seat designed to pull air off that rear cylinder head to help the bike though.
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I do see a lot of Harley riders out in the middle of an August day with tank top, jeans, and at most a bandana on their foreheads.
That kind of attire is actually pretty common regardless of of weather.
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I sure wouldn't do it. Just get yourself a Cruiser with a radiator if that's what youre worried about.
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That kind of attire is actually pretty common regardless of of weather.

see it on the south side with ss riders as well..
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the bike will be ok, but at red lights, your thighs will feel it. You will be glad when the light turns green.
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know what the signes of heat stroke are

if you start shivering and feeling cold your already really up

It really sucks
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There are many reasons not to ride a Harley but heat isn't one of them. J/K

Seriously, people rode aircooled bikes for generations and overheating wasn't t much of a problem. They took that into consideration when they designed the bikes.
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+1 on burned thighs, dehydration and worries about heat stroke.
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Old 05-30-2012, 12:56 PM   #17
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Had an early (97) Buell, for a couple of years. No fans on it, like the new ones. Only time I ever had an overheat problem was in winter, strangely enough. Got stuck in traffic in one of those neighborhoods that everyone drives through, to see the Christmas lights. Huge loop through the edition, one-way traffic, no turning back, and no side roads to escape. Putt, putt, putt, stop & go, in first gear. Even in the winter air, the oil (and my legs) started to cook.

So, if you are in the summer heat, and get stuck in a big pileup behind a wreck, or something like that, you will likely have a problem. Otherwise, around town, stoplights, etc. I never had an issue. But, as you have been warned, you are sitting on top of a serious heat source, and it gets REAL uncomfortable, at times!
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How do I know when it is.overheating?

My bike is air cooled.
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How do I know when it is.overheating?
Your crotch will catch on fire! Can't speak for others, but mine started running bad, banging and knocking. Engine is seriously hot, and the oil is basically cooking, way to thin to do any good lubricating the motor.
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I wear jeans and a mesh jacket, the helmet is the worst part. At stops it makes me want to buy a modular helmet, so I can flip it up and stay cool.
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