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Engine heat burning my legs

After being stuck in traffic, and so the engine gets real hot, i have experanced the frame (below the fuel tank) which is in contact with my knees gets so hot it burns me. Its only a short section of the frame from the middle of the fuel tank to just past were the seat meets the fuel tank. Funfortuantly this is incontact with the inside of my legs/knees.

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  • account_1000 Dec 01, 2008

    It has always happened since the bike was new. The engine is not over heating, according to the console display, and it only happens when riding in stop/start traffic conditions. On the freeway it’s fine. I guess in stop/start traffic the engine is revved more than idle. The heat seems to transfuse through the connection points where the engine bolts to the frame.

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    Rob Selvy May 11, 2010

    Is this an ongoing problem like a manufacturer issue that you need to address or is this something new that has just started happening?

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Is this bike air or liquid cooled if air cooled this is normal on a bike to get hotter in stop and go but if liquid cooled then your water pump is bad and not circulating fluid enough through engine head to keep engine cool.

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