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I recently purchased a 2002 vtx 1800 w/ 2400 miles on it from a friends father who never rode it. I was washing it for the 1st time and found the exhaust is melting the side of the radiator housing. It runs well and the pipe is tight. Why would it run so hot? I have put approx. 1000 more miles on it. I was told to put premium fuel in it. It's been running good. With it being so new, (low miles) is it due for some general preventative maint? I hope to purchase a repair manual and do some general maint. myself. I haven't had a bike for many years and don't know a lot about this bike yet.

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If the bike was not used that often,the previous owner may have started the bike in the garage,just to give the motor a run.With no air travelling over the pipes,they do get very hot.Enough to cause melting.This happens to almost any engine exhaust.(car or bike).If you run it in a garage even a household fan blowing on the pipes is enough to get rid of a lot of the heat.Hope this helps

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