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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 07-04-2017, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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1200 Explorer Heat from engine

HI All, Proud owner of a 2017 Explorer XCA. SO far all I expected with the exception of one thing!!! Does anyone else have a heat issues on the family jewels from the engine?? Here in Alberta I went riding the other day, it was approx 30C and wow was it hot on the boys!!! Anything anyone is doing or has done to divert the heat??
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HI All, Proud owner of a 2017 Explorer XCA. SO far all I expected with the exception of one thing!!! Does anyone else have a heat issues on the family jewels from the engine?? Here in Alberta I went riding the other day, it was approx 30C and wow was it hot on the boys!!! Anything anyone is doing or has done to divert the heat??
Kislo,

I bought a 2017 XRt in January, and have the same question as you do. I have not seen any solutions to the heat on Triumphs with either the 800cc or 1200cc engines. Unlike Honda and Yamaha, with their ST1300 and FJR1300 sport-tourers, where the OEM's diverted hot engine air and also used some heat shielding, it does not appear that Triumph has done anywhere near enough to keep engine heat away from the rider's crotch, thighs or calves. What I have been doing is sitting further back in the saddle as far away from the crotch heat as possible and also wearing perforated riding boots as well as mesh pants. It would be nice if there was other alternatives.

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Thanks Fred. I am not getting it on the lower legs as much, but definitely the crotch on temps above 25C. I am going to bring it up with the dealer this weekend and see what they suggest. If I find anything out I will pass along. Ride safe!!!!
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I wonder if a person could put some heat resistant material under the tank/seat to disperse the heat? I have seen similar material inside guitar amplifiers and inside cars that perform that function.
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I wonder if a person could put some heat resistant material under the tank/seat to disperse the heat? I have seen similar material inside guitar amplifiers and inside cars that perform that function.
I was wondering the same thing. When Honda first came out with the ST1300 and about the same time Yamaha came out with the FJR1300, I demoed both of them, and they did have a lot of hot air blowing on the rider's legs. Some of the owners started finding remedies and I believe that the OEMs redirected some of the hot air flow and also adopted the heat shield remedies the owners were using. I hope that Triumph does the same.

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I have a 2014 XC and it's the same. I believe Triumph tweaked things and the new models are better, but clearly it hasn't made a huge difference.
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I have a 2014 XC and it's the same. I believe Triumph tweaked things and the new models are better, but clearly it hasn't made a huge difference.
It does appears that Triumph has tried to re-distribute the air flow by providing an airflow channel right next to each side of the radiator, as shown below in black just right of the Explorer XRt.





This added airflow channel may help a little, but there is still significant heat flowing onto my boots, calves, thighs and groin.

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I've got a three month old XCA and if anything my bollocks are hotter than on the old model I had. Great in winter, less so in summer despite wearing trousers with vents in them. Would be interested in any solutions.


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Every 3 cylinder Triumphs I have had from the 95 Trident to the Explorer has had uncomfortable heat on my privates.

I learned to put the foil covered sticky foam on the bottom of the seats which helped a lot except on the 09 ST. Had to sell it as the lady of the house refused to ride it any more. Hot butt she said was not her idea of touring.
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I was giving this some more thought. Has anyone considered having the headers coated by jet hot? I called them out of curiosity and was quoted a bit less than $250 for standard colors and right at $250 for other colors. Only the outside would be coated due to the cat inside the header system. 30% to 40% reduction in heat.

The argument could be made that why would some one need/want to do this to their new $19k motorcycle. I know I have read that not everyone has experienced the heat issue, but for those of you who have, this may be a viable option.

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