Foot boards obstructing lower foot heat vents


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Foot boards obstructing lower foot heat vents

Postby CWJ73 » Fri Oct 17, 2014 11:32 pm



I have very recently acquired a fantastic, brand new to me, 1990 GL1500SE. My wife, with the help of my dad, purchased this bike for my birthday this year. My dad also spent countless hours over the last 2-3 months rebuilding nearly everything on the bike. One of the 'features' on this bike are the footboards, which i love, but they obstruct the proper operation of the lower 'foot warmer' heat vents. The vents are currently open and not able to be closed due to the foot boards. I have only had the bike for about a week and the weather is chilly so having the little bit of heat they provide is nice. I am concerned that come next summer the extra heat could become uncomfortable if I can't close the vents. I was think about taking my angle grinder and cutting the forward most mounting hole off the foot board. Is it worth it to do this? Does this vent supply enough heat that it will be uncomfortable in the summer? What do you guys think?

I am having some difficulty uploading a picture of the footboard and vent right now so I will add one when it finally works.
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Re: Foot boards obstructing lower foot heat vents

Postby cbx4evr » Sat Oct 18, 2014 9:24 pm

Personally I find too much heat around my feet from those vents in the summer but I don't do well in heat. I'm also not a big fan of heel & toe shifters. They are hard on shifter shaft seals.
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Re: Foot boards obstructing lower foot heat vents

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 20, 2014 12:11 pm

They're hard on transmission forks, let alone shifter shaft seals. I removed the footboards from my GL1500 when I got it and returned it to stock controls.

That said, it appears to me that the movement of the vent door is being impeded by a part of the bracket that is not being used. I would simply cut that portion of the bracket off to allow the vent doors to move normally.

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Re: Foot boards obstructing lower foot heat vents

Postby CWJ73 » Mon Oct 20, 2014 1:11 pm

I really like the footboards. They are comfortable and easily allow my feet to be under or slightly ahead of my knees. The heel toe shifter i am still learning, but I only have a week of riding using that shifter system. All my previous bikes had stock shifters.

This bike does not have the shifter brace so I am planning to purchase that asap, either locally if available or online, and the shifter shaft seal and get them installed over the winter.

I can say that as much as i loved my GL1100 the GL1500 is a sweet ride.


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