Heat on legs


Information and questions on GL1200 Goldwings (1984-1987)
  • Sponsored Links
TopDogTom
Posts: 10
Joined: Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:40 pm
Location: Grand Junction, CO
Motorcycle: 1986 GL1200 SEI

Heat on legs

Postby TopDogTom » Wed Sep 05, 2012 11:13 am



I just purchased a 1986 SEI and love the ride,performance and looks. What I dont love is the heat on my legs from the engine. Has anyone tried exhast wrap? Does it help or is there another solution? Thanks.



User avatar
WingAdmin
Site Admin
Posts: 17050
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 4:16 pm
Location: Strongsville, OH
Motorcycle: 2000 GL1500 SE
1982 GL1100A Aspencade (sold)
1989 PC800 (wife's!)
1998 XV250 Virago (sold)
2007 Aspen Sentry Trailer

Re: Heat on legs

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Sep 05, 2012 11:53 am

The exhaust is underneath the heads and engine, wrapping it is not going to change anything. What you're feeling is air moving through the engine and cooling system itself, and exiting through the open sides. There were aftermarket engine covers that were made for this purpose, but I would probably think twice about using them in hot weather, for fear of overheating the engine.

That said, once the weather turns a bit colder, you're going to LOVE that heat coming from the engine!

TopDogTom
Posts: 10
Joined: Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:40 pm
Location: Grand Junction, CO
Motorcycle: 1986 GL1200 SEI

Re: Heat on legs

Postby TopDogTom » Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:57 pm

Thanks Admin. Engine temp should run around 220f exhaust temp 1200-1600f seams to me any reduction would help?

User avatar
bwagner6
Posts: 88
Joined: Wed May 30, 2012 6:16 pm
Location: Norwalk, Ohio
Motorcycle: 1986 Gl1200A Aspencade

Re: Heat on legs

Postby bwagner6 » Wed Sep 05, 2012 7:21 pm

WingAdmin wrote:The exhaust is underneath the heads and engine, wrapping it is not going to change anything. What you're feeling is air moving through the engine and cooling system itself, and exiting through the open sides. There were aftermarket engine covers that were made for this purpose, but I would probably think twice about using them in hot weather, for fear of overheating the engine.

That said, once the weather turns a bit colder, you're going to LOVE that heat coming from the engine!



Amen to that!

User avatar
trukr
Posts: 70
Joined: Fri May 13, 2011 9:11 pm
Location: sheffield, Illinois
Motorcycle: 1984 gl1200 aspencade

Re: Heat on legs

Postby trukr » Wed Sep 05, 2012 8:30 pm

I'm with wingadmin, the engine covers would probably catch too much heat and put unneeded stress on the engine. I would suggest a set of highway pegs. These would move your legs out away from the heat coming from the engine. Seems to work for me. I also have floor boards on mine that allow me to ride with my legs a little farther away from the engine.

User avatar
seabee_
Posts: 494
Joined: Sun May 29, 2011 8:17 pm
Location: sterling heights, mi
Motorcycle: 1985 Honda Goldwing GL1200
117k miles
1977 Kawasaki kz400
1978 Suzuki GSXr750
1980 Kawasaki GPZ400
1975 Honda CB360T

Re: Heat on legs

Postby seabee_ » Thu Sep 06, 2012 12:27 am

Just get some highway pegs. I ride with my feet up on the pegs so the heat dosen't bother me. That's the only way around it.
Paul
CE1 Navy Seabees/RET
1981 to 2002
ASE Mechanic

User avatar
Possum51
Posts: 262
Joined: Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:53 pm
Location: Eatonton, Georgia
Motorcycle: 04 Harley-Davidson Road King

Re: Heat on legs

Postby Possum51 » Thu Sep 06, 2012 2:02 am

I asked the same question when I first got my GL1200 and they are all correct, best thing to do is the highway pegs, makes a world of difference on the legs.
Rick.....

TopDogTom
Posts: 10
Joined: Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:40 pm
Location: Grand Junction, CO
Motorcycle: 1986 GL1200 SEI

Re: Heat on legs

Postby TopDogTom » Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:15 am

Thanks everyone. I have highway pegs and they do get me out of the heat. I spend a lot of time city driving and the pegs are somewhat useless. Just want to make this more comfortable in traffic.

User avatar
feetup
Posts: 100
Joined: Mon Jun 29, 2009 1:15 pm
Location: West Coast of Canada
Motorcycle: 84 GL 1200I
75 GL 1000 (in pieces)
'02 Gas Gas Trials
'56 Norton 600

Re: Heat on legs

Postby feetup » Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:59 am

Just move farther north!
Up here in the frozen wastes of Canada we are grateful for anything that melts the ice off our toes.

TopDogTom
Posts: 10
Joined: Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:40 pm
Location: Grand Junction, CO
Motorcycle: 1986 GL1200 SEI

Re: Heat on legs

Postby TopDogTom » Thu Sep 06, 2012 12:08 pm

I live in Colorado so I can visit just about any climate and do but moving to a colder climate WON'T happen. But thanks for the invite.

User avatar
seabee_
Posts: 494
Joined: Sun May 29, 2011 8:17 pm
Location: sterling heights, mi
Motorcycle: 1985 Honda Goldwing GL1200
117k miles
1977 Kawasaki kz400
1978 Suzuki GSXr750
1980 Kawasaki GPZ400
1975 Honda CB360T

Re: Heat on legs

Postby seabee_ » Thu Sep 06, 2012 2:29 pm

I've gotten used to riding in the city with feet up and dropping my foot down to shift when needed. Except when traffic is thick then I just cook my shins until med/well. LOL
Paul
CE1 Navy Seabees/RET
1981 to 2002
ASE Mechanic

User avatar
CharlaineC
Posts: 136
Joined: Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:40 am
Location: Lowell, Massachusetts
Motorcycle: 1987 GL1200A GOLDWING ASPENCADE
106,890 Miles
Contact:

Re: Heat on legs

Postby CharlaineC » Thu Sep 06, 2012 4:42 pm

I have thought about finding away to install electric fans into the side vents to help push air through. working via a switch as to shut them off during the winter.

User avatar
feetup
Posts: 100
Joined: Mon Jun 29, 2009 1:15 pm
Location: West Coast of Canada
Motorcycle: 84 GL 1200I
75 GL 1000 (in pieces)
'02 Gas Gas Trials
'56 Norton 600

Re: Heat on legs

Postby feetup » Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:21 pm

I have spent a lot of hours musing on the whole airflow through the 1200 fairing topic.
I studied aerodynamics in university so I really can't help seeing most things with that point of view. I am not sure what the original concept of the airflow for these machines might have been but it is clear that the cost accountants and art majors had a big say in the end result.
There was a reasonable amount of thought went into getting sufficient air into the radiator, the side vents were placed in a convenient low pressure area and a brief amount of effort spent keeping excess hot air off the carbs, but after that the hot air was left to find its own way out.
The area under the shelter gets way too hot, right where the air cleaner is gulping huge breaths, and the poor shunt regulator is trying to shed enormous quantities of wasted heat.
When the 1800cc six cylinder engines were fitted there was precious little room in front of the engine if the drivers were going to have legs, so the radiator was split and cold air passed over the engine before passing through the radiators and out into the low pressure area. This turned out to improve more than just leg room, and probably should have been done right from the beginning in '75.
There is quite a bit of merit in CharlaineC's idea of getting more of the hot air out to the sides.
As I said before I have thought a great deal on improving the system but the amount of work involved in reworking everything would be more than I am willing to do, and in the end I would have very much altered my nearly stock motorcycle.
I wear tall touring boots, and have never ridden it in weather hotter than 110 deg. on the thermometer.

User avatar
SilverDave
Posts: 367
Joined: Sun Aug 09, 2009 9:39 am
Location: Langley, BC
Motorcycle: 1985 GL1200 GoldWing Aspy

Re: Heat on legs

Postby SilverDave » Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:31 pm

Tall motorcycle boots, ( they protect the shins ) , a Joe Rocket Alter Ego pants and jacket ( with the mesh zip off panels, and Highway boards seem to work for me...

.........and I haven ridden long days through the hot interior deserts of BC many times ( 36+ °c = 100+ °F at Osysoos and Cache creek on many summer days ) .

Just because we are up north doesn't mean we don't sometimes get 100+ days in the dry interior

A 606 thermal vest cooler, with Joe Rocket Alter Ego jacket( unzipped), summer gloves, Air Wings, and a vented 'shield also help.

If your body is kept cool from the waist up, you don't feel the heat as much.

SilverDave
Interior Desert
Interior Desert

TopDogTom
Posts: 10
Joined: Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:40 pm
Location: Grand Junction, CO
Motorcycle: 1986 GL1200 SEI

Re: Heat on legs

Postby TopDogTom » Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:05 am

Thanks SilverDave, I have been wearing leather chaps on long rides and that along with highway pegs does help. Your advice is well taken keeping the upper torso cool helps. I am looking for relief on my short commutes to and from work -slacks and dress shoes :( but guess that just the pleasure of riding will have to keep my mind off of the heat. The GL1200 SEI is a great bike and this forum has been very helpfull.




Return to “GL1200 Information & Questions”




Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests