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Old 05-30-2012, 02:08 PM   #21
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i had a suzuki gs500 and was stuck in traffic too many times it wasnt funny,

the motor never ever had a problem, just check your oil more often, remember, is only air cooling that oil, so the oil tend to go bad sooner than with other bikes
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Old 05-30-2012, 04:27 PM   #23
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On my rebel250, when the bike starts to heat up the idle tends to run higher when hotter.
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Old 05-30-2012, 04:29 PM   #24
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It's been murder on the CBR in the hot afternoons in traffic. The tank and frame by my right leg gets friggin' scorchin'. I ride with my legs splayed out to cool them down some. The FZ6R is a baby to ride in the heat. It's relatively cool. The only hot spot is the muffler outlet by my right foot. Boots on, it's not much of an issue.
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Old 05-30-2012, 04:33 PM   #25
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Old 05-30-2012, 05:47 PM   #26
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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.
But did they account for global warming? Seriously should not be a problem and you should try to carry some H2O.
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Old 05-30-2012, 07:05 PM   #27
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Thanks for all the comments. I guess ill stay with another Kawi maybe the Connie can be my grown up motorcycle they just look like something NASA would come up with. Maybe Ill buy two motorcycles a beater commuter and a Harley I probably got another 20000 to go on my zx6 any ways. Its tough being a 1%er!
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Good thread. I stay very hydrated and flip up my Shoei X-12 face shield at stops. I have a mesh summer jacket, and slider jeans and boots and always wear gloves.

One of my big concerns with the Ducati Monsters: air cooling in stop/go Sugar Land traffic in the 103F heat after a fast run down 59. My EX 500 Ninja has no problems keeping cool. One of the reasons I want a 2013 Triumph Street Triple: the new single low can, not twin cans under the seat to cook the family jewels.
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:12 PM   #30
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:21 PM   #31
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Thanks for all the comments. I guess ill stay with another Kawi maybe the Connie can be my grown up motorcycle they just look like something NASA would come up with. Maybe Ill buy two motorcycles a beater commuter and a Harley I probably got another 20000 to go on my zx6 any ways. Its tough being a 1%er!
Lol, if NASA builds a bike, it'd probably look more like a Cushman than a Connie.

I'm not a fan of the Milwaukee pig iron, but it's really not problem specific to HDs. Even water cooled bikes can get very uncomfortably hot in this Houston summer heat. My hats off to those that keep riding thru the summer months.
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:47 PM   #32
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:35 PM   #33
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:58 PM   #34
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Picked up an 12 super glide last December no issues so far now 4500 miles.
Run the synthetic oil it will do better under heat.
You will likely get uncomfortable well before the bike actually gets close to an overheating problem. You feel the heat off that rear cylinder especially on your right leg. The bike you are looking at has the 103 and should have a rear cylinder cut off, rider activated at slow to stopped speeds, and it comes with an oil cooler.
The clutch derby cover gets hot too and is easy to bump with your leg. You basically will want to at least wear jeans. Yes they have an aftermarket engine cooling fan, and even a dipstick with a temp gauge, you can also buy cylinder head temperature pickups/ gauges. My plan is has the summer heats up is to carry a meat thermometer, and check the temp, when I think it is too hot. From what I read Oil temp up to 240F OK on standard oil and Synthetic up to 300F.
But how hot is too hot for the engine that I still have not found out. My guess is when/if the oil reaches + 305F I will be to uncomfortable to ride the bike, but still within the temperature limits of the engine. I had an 08 Busa it was very uncomfortable in the heat, seems the whole frame acts like a heat sink. It was far more uncomfortable than this Harley is. On the other hand I had a 07 1100 CC Honda Shadow it was very comfortable except for heat off the radiator when the fan kicked on at stops.

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Old 05-30-2012, 09:59 PM   #35
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I've been commuting on the chop for the last few weeks. Holy it is awesome! I started a new job off 290 and after sitting in traffic for almost 2hrs of the day to go >30 miles I said screw it. HOV is perfect, I get on at @ 290 & west and exit at Bingle/pinemont. 20-25 minutes door to door and maybe 2 gallons of gas every2-3 days
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:25 PM   #36
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Good thread. I stay very hydrated and flip up my Shoei X-12 face shield at stops. I have a mesh summer jacket, and slider jeans and boots and always wear gloves.

One of my big concerns with the Ducati Monsters: air cooling in stop/go Sugar Land traffic in the 103F heat after a fast run down 59. My EX 500 Ninja has no problems keeping cool. One of the reasons I want a 2013 Triumph Street Triple: the new single low can, not twin cans under the seat to cook the family jewels.
I took my monster out in 105 degree heat and the worst that happened was a little yellowing on the plastics right above the cylinder. It does get really fricking hot on the left side at a stop, but the motor didn't suffer for it. My left leg may have though. I was getting a completely full temperature bar gauge too.
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:09 PM   #37
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Get a water cooled cruiser. If you still want a Harley get a V-ROD. Only water cooled HD bike.

No idea why HD insists on keeping with an old technolgy. (air cooled engines). The fact that 10% Ethanol in gasoline does not help because Ethanol makes the engines to run hotter.

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As others have said, no problem. I do 12+K a year commuting on a air cooled scooter, like others have said, you'll feel it at a stop. My new scoot is air cooled also and has a large oil cooler on the right side... my right leg will be warm this winter...

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Old 05-31-2012, 07:44 PM   #39
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Couple of points.

1. I ride an air cooled Duc with full fairings, never had a problem in traffic. Nor on other air cooled bikes I've had.
2. Many cops use HD motorcycles, if it was a real serious issue, I doubt they would run them.
3. If you get stuck in traffic and aren't moving, kill the motor.


Yes, it may get hot, but I doubt it would be a real problem versus another air cooled bike or even most liquid cooled bikes. They get hot and vent that heat towards the rider as well. It's not like a radiator makes heat magically disappear.

quick search found this...

http://www.harley-davidson.com/en_US...bmLocale=en_US

EITMS, first I've heard of it.
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