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I have the foam inserts between the fairing and the engine.  I added the double faced mylar bubble wrap (commonly called radiant barrier) between the engine and the fuel tank.  I also put a full Area P system on...which removed the catalytic converter(s).  All seemed to help cool my '09 down. :)
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I sometimes feel my “chestnuts are getting roasted” too on my 2009, fortunately here in the NE it’s not usu too bad and even sometimes rather nice in the cooler weather. I could’ve sworn I’ve seen foam deflector kits that might help. Some have also stated that SISF’s flash allows their bike to run a bit cooler, but that may be just another small reason to get it anyways  :motonoises:

I think I also recall some people using some Dynamat with the reflective Mylar to help redirect heat away from that area- between the tank and frame...

Hope this helps some and welcome aboard!
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Motorcycle Safety / Re: Motorcycle death statistics, Minnesota
« Last post by Diz on Today at 08:57:42 am »
I'd be interested to know how much RECENT experience the riders had. Many older riders came back to riding after their children were grown. This would be after a 15-20 year layoff. Many things have changed in that period of time. Additionally, how many took any kind of FORMAL rider training?

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Insurance companies released a report a few years back showing that 50 something riders were skewing the fatality statistics. People returning to the sport after a long layoff were buying bigger, heavier and more powerful bikes that exceeded their skill level. Proper training wasn't even a thought for most......
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Any update? Please let us know what you find.
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Motorcycle Safety / Re: Motorcycle death statistics, Minnesota
« Last post by Ranger Jim on Today at 02:03:16 am »
I'd be interested to know how much RECENT experience the riders had. Many older riders came back to riding after their children were grown. This would be after a 15-20 year layoff. Many things have changed in that period of time. Additionally, how many took any kind of FORMAL rider training?
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Concours 14 / ZG1400 General Chat and Tech / Re: This one is buzzy
« Last post by ZXtasy on Today at 01:47:56 am »
Is it possibly loose fairing components buzzing or the engine/drive-train?
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Sorry, again, now I see the title says 2008. Look into having the radiator serviced/refurbished by Mylers radiator in Utah.
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Awe shucks, I was just trying to be light hearted, however it is a proven scientific fact that some sort of covering will insulate from heat and reduce evaporation dehydration. Not claiming you are one of the un-geared, but us from the northern climes see plenty of photographic evidence that riders in the hot humid parts tend to 'dress down'. No offense intended, just valid advice.

You could provide a few more details, you say you 'just bought it' so is that to assume it is a brand new 2018? Is it just new to you but years of age that could see radiator fin occlusion or neglect from PO's?  Big motors run hot, and then cover that up in a tasty plastic shell and it can become a steamer. I use water wetter and just distilled water and noticed a drop in overall running temps, but even on a 75 degree day lots of stop and go traffic will see the temp gauge peg out and the fan run a lot. My advice is to try to keep moving as fast as possible in clean air, not tucked behind larger rigs.

Lets see pics of your Florida Freeway Flogger!
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I am in Mesa.  I can't do much for you with the actual work, but I have a set of Fred's videos, and you are welcome to them if you want.  I think that they were well done.
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Motorcycle Safety / Re: Motorcycle death statistics, Minnesota
« Last post by antibus on Today at 01:15:12 am »
Very interesting numbers. We always think it's the young kids going fast that die on motorcycles.
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