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I think so, and thats part of the problem; it's buried under the battery box without any airflow/ventilation, and it's compounded by the fact that the goat, or other pipe runs right beneath it, cooking it even more. How much more I don't know, but seems logical enough, especially when stopped and the heat of that pipe rises and surrounds the R/R.
Later model bikes, had it located in a similar spot from the factory, out in the open, by that foot peg. I know that late 80's Interceptors have them up on the side of the "sub frame" just below the seat, again to let air flow across the fins for cooling, as it warms/heats up on it's own.