GL 1800. Left hand side of engine getting hot


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GL 1800. Left hand side of engine getting hot

Postby Fatty Arbuckle » Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:40 am



Hi guys

Hoping you can help out with this one

I have a 2006 GL 1800 GW (Trike) with about 13k on the clock.

The left side of the engine gets significantly hotter than the right hand side and is hot quite a long way back on the side panel.

The temp gauge sits comfortably in the middle of the range and both fans cut in at the same time and one can feel a good volume of air coming out of the vents.

It's actually quite uncomfortable on warmer days as one can almost feel the left foot cooking within the boot.

Is this a "feature" or something more sinister that may need attention.

I have checked the coolant and oil levels and both are okay.

Any guidance would be most welcome

Regards

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Re: GL 1800. Left hand side of engine getting hot

Postby Red Ron » Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:00 am

Just about anybody I have heard that commented on this subject says the left side is hotter. I know mine is. Has always been that way. I have 40K on an '08. Just keep ridin'. Oh, I just happened to remember that the alternator is on the left side. This probably adds to he heat on the left.

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Re: GL 1800. Left hand side of engine getting hot

Postby Fatty Arbuckle » Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:28 am

Cheers Red much appreciated.

Will just have to wear a flip flop (or thong for our Antipodean brothers) on my left foot :lol:

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Re: GL 1800. Left hand side of engine getting hot

Postby Kcamp » Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:32 am

Fatty Arbuckle wrote:Hi guys

Hoping you can help out with this one

I have a 2006 GL 1800 GW (Trike) with about 13k on the clock.

The left side of the engine gets significantly hotter than the right hand side and is hot quite a long way back on the side panel.

The temp gauge sits comfortably in the middle of the range and both fans cut in at the same time and one can feel a good volume of air coming out of the vents.

It's actually quite uncomfortable on warmer days as one can almost feel the left foot cooking within the boot.

Is this a "feature" or something more sinister that may need attention.

I have checked the coolant and oil levels and both are okay.

Any guidance would be most welcome

Regards

Arbuckle

I have a freind that complains all the time about hot feet on his trike. Mostly left side.

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Re: GL 1800. Left hand side of engine getting hot

Postby okstay » Sun Oct 23, 2011 9:17 pm

If you remove the chrome cover near the rider's foot on the left side, you notice it has a foam insulator on the back. Check that your's has the foam and maybe you want to insulate the alternator cover also. Good luck

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Re: GL 1800. Left hand side of engine getting hot

Postby Red Ron » Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:26 am

I forgot about the heads of the engine being offset also. If you notice the head on the left side is closer to your foot than the right. It is definately easier for me to accidently brush my ankle against it on the left side. Logically might produce a little more heat for the rider on that side also.

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Re: GL 1800. Left hand side of engine getting hot

Postby salyzyn » Wed Oct 26, 2011 4:51 am

'04, not triked or any other modifications, left side hotter, no doubt. I have a Second degree (superficial partial thickness) burn to my left leg to prove it. Likely all from the heated air blasting out between the cover and the frame; the burn is positioned at the gap and extending slightly higher which may include that I have touched the frame as well. I now keep my left leg extended away from the bike ...

Yes, and you thought Harleys were the only bikes that could give you an accidental burn :D. I would expect this to be worse if I reversed the fans (a popular but silly modification) or added a Belly Pan (slowing the airflow allowing it to present hotter air).

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Re: GL 1800. Left hand side of engine getting hot

Postby okstay » Wed Oct 26, 2011 6:35 pm

I have a 2005 and a 2012 wing and never felt any unusual heat. However, my electra glides will throw heat that is very uncomfortable. Ride a Harley around town and you will feel REAL heat!

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Re: GL 1800. Left hand side of engine getting hot

Postby Fatty Arbuckle » Thu Oct 27, 2011 9:19 am

Cheers folks, most informative.

Hadn’t noticed the heads being offset (Red Ron) and I’ll certainly have a look at the insulation (oakstay).

At least I know it’s not terminal and fortunately haven’t managed to cook myself like salyzin, hope you’re all okay now.

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Re: GL 1800. Left hand side of engine getting hot

Postby mmartin_tdc » Tue Nov 01, 2011 5:40 pm

The Baker leg wings are supposed to help draw the heat away from the side of the bike more.
I have been investigating them and many on other forums agree they do a great job of moving the heat out away from the bike, this may help your situation also.

Marc




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