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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-26-2006, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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Question Will a large fork bag impede airflow?

Alright, this may seem like a silly thing, but I have a question about airflow into the radiator and hope that someone may be able to set my mind at ease about it.
Today I put a fork bag on my bike, and it is a rather large canvas bag. I was wondering if it could possibly impede the airflow into the radiator to the point that it would negatively affect my cooling system. I ran it for about 100 miles today and watched the temp gauge carefully and it didn't seem to go up, other than the normal little bit it would running that much on a hot day. I am probably being paranoid, but better safe than sitting along the road somewhere, right?!
Any ideas on this? If it's a risk I will remove it but if it wont cause a problem I'll be glad to have the extra space for luggage.
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If the temps didn't go up, I wouldn't worry about it. As long as the fan doesn't run too much in stop and go traffic, I really wouldn't worry about it.

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I agree....if you didn't see any difference in 100 miles, I don't think you are going to.

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The one place you may see a slight problem is with the bottom of the bag hitting the front fender.
I have a leather fork bag (you can see it in my sig pic) and it has caused some minor scuffing to the fender from some of PA's bigger road crators ... I mean ... potholes, and such.
Shouldn't be anything that wont buff out though.

I've had it on the bike just about since I got it (a bit over 5 years now) and haven't seen any problem with overheating.
Ya should be good to go Kawgirl.

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