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Hot Seat, Hot Thighs

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The bike is riding nicely and the temp gauge is operating between 1/3 and 1/2, depending on the ride that day. But lately I've noticed my thighs are getting rather hot. (No, it's not cause I'm working out) More so sitting at lights with my feet down, and even sometimes when in motion, there is noticeable heat that is "uncomfortable", even darn hot. Today after getting home I felt the sides of the seat and the side covers. Wow. Toasty.

The belly is in place and I've got no plans to pull it, and the R/R has also not been relocated (I know... I know...) I've also noticed the Spencer modified stock seat isn't as comfortable as it once was, making me think the heat is degrading things. I got the bike with 8900 miles on it in January and have just under 15,000 now. So I'm just wondering... what's the deal?

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I always notice more heat on my thighs when the cooling fan is running on a hot day and I am stopped at a light... it blows directly on you in that situation.
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Engines give off heat, and the hotter it is outside the hotter it tends to feel.
Some bikes are notorious for cooking the rider on hot days. The Vulcan is by comparison, fairly cool.

Does the new seat put you in a slightly different position? Are your legs (and thighs) closer to the motor?

Some foam does hold heat a bit more than others, I would suggest one of those beaded seat things they make for cars altered to fit your seat. It will allow air to circulate a bit better.

My bike on hot days cooks my ankles a bit, doubling down my socks to insulate me more helps alot. If you are wearing jeans or mesh pants you will get different reads on this.

Try not stopping. I find moving fast helps alot.

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Try not stopping. I find moving fast helps alot.
Especially when the temp gets above 90*.
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I hear ya! Put something HOT between your legs, VN750!

Ever notice the placement of the rear cylinder? Great for winter rides isn't it? Last weekend I was checking out the Concours 14 (way too tall for my short legs but a awesome bike) and was told the only complaint was the heat of the engine so we are not alone.

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I always notice more heat on my thighs when the cooling fan is running on a hot day and I am stopped at a light... it blows directly on you in that situation.
I think we need some asbestos insulated riding pants.

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The 1500 is much hotter than the 750 on the inside of the legs, especially when you sit at lights. I haven't marbled my 1500 yet and that's supposed to help a little, so we'll see. You combine the heat off the engine and exhaust pipes with the heat coming up from the asphalt and it gets pretty uncomfortable when I sit still. I'm sure it will feel nice on winter days.

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I'm sure it will feel nice on winter days.
Only problem is getting the bike warm enough to run the fan in that situation... I just rode into work this morning and it was 45 degrees out when I left the house. I didn't feel any heat coming off of the bike at any point this morning. Luckily I installed heated grips or I would not be able to type this right now...
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