How to stop the heat on lower legs?


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How to stop the heat on lower legs?

Postby Coyote1 » Thu Aug 28, 2014 7:24 pm



I recently got my 1500 and am really enjoying it. My only complaint is that my shin bones feel like there is a blow torch directed at them. I remember my 85 1200 being warm but not like this. The lower heat vents are closed but it is still way too hot. Are there any lower air deflectors that will do good job of keeping the lower legs cool?


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Re: How to stop the heat on lower legs?

Postby Mh434 » Fri Aug 29, 2014 1:48 am

Air Wings help. The best solution I've found so far, though, is highway pegs, putting your shins & feet out in the wind. WingStuff, among other places, carries them. There are other brands, too, although I haven't tried them.

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Re: How to stop the heat on lower legs?

Postby baumedagn » Fri Aug 29, 2014 9:25 am

Make sure the dampers on the lower fairing air vents are working properly. I believe you can have either warm or cool air, or none at all. Perhaps when the side fairing was off at some point, the lever didn't get situated correctly. I had to take mine apart more than once because of this.

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Re: How to stop the heat on lower legs?

Postby Coyote1 » Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:30 pm

I agree that hwy pegs will help and are on my list. I also made sure the dampeners worked. I just have to get that heat off my legs. Looking for some lowers that will put the air low enough.
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Re: How to stop the heat on lower legs?

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:07 pm

Yup, Air Wings get my vote. They bring in lots of cool air and keep your legs from being roasted.

Keep in mind it's very easy to get serious burns on your legs without realizing it if you aren't wearing sufficient protective gear in the summer. Radiators work by transferring heat from the coolant to the air flowing through them. In doing so, they raise the temperature of that air a specific amount. If the ambient air is already 95 or 100 degrees, the heated air can easily reach 130 or 140 degrees - and blowing air this hot on your skin for any length of time will give you serious burns.

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Re: How to stop the heat on lower legs?

Postby Mh434 » Sat Aug 30, 2014 1:13 am

By the way, I should point out that my wife loves it when I use my highway pegs in hot weather - she says it directs a cool breeze at her, too. I suspect what's actually happening is that the cool air from the Air Wings isn't blocked by my legs and, instead, blows onto her. Who cares which it is...happy wife, happy life, right?

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Re: How to stop the heat on lower legs?

Postby Coyote1 » Wed Sep 17, 2014 2:05 am

Just to update, I put a pair of wind deflectors on the bike which have helped. I also noticed that the lower fresh air vents would close at higher speeds and only stay open when directed up. So, to keep them open and direct the air to my lower legs, I split some 3/8 fuel line and placed them on the lowest vent flap. Now it stays open and pointed down which gives me more air on the legs and I can remove the split hoses in the winter.
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Re: How to stop the heat on lower legs?

Postby robb » Wed Sep 17, 2014 7:44 pm

If you have not had the bike long then check the cooling fans. As they wear they will slow down or stop and allow to heat to be intense. If they are working properly they will cycle off and on

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Re: How to stop the heat on lower legs?

Postby icedad » Sat Sep 20, 2014 5:36 am

I have a trike, so I have worn shorts a couple of times and used my highway pegs to keep my legs away from the sidecover. This the only time when I notice the heat. When I ride on 2 wheels, I always wear boots and jeans and that protects me from the heat. If your in stop and go traffic, well theres not too much you can do to stop that kind of heat. As others have stated, highway pegs that get get your feet and legs out in the wind and Baker Wings help quite a bit.




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