Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: South-Central Kansas
Howdy, from south central Kansas, near Hutchinson. Our group that rides to Arkansas twice a year rolls right near you as we head down US 400.
Your post caught my interest, as I ride a stock 2017 RGU, and before making that purchase, I had read about changes that were intended to give less heat on the rider. Liquid cooled engine, automatic switching to only one cylinder in traffic at idle in hot temps, and moving the catalytic converter back towards the rear. I was a bit surprised to note how warm things got on my right leg, much more than I expected.
I never had any plans whatsoever to change away from the stock exhaust, so I guess I just accepted that maybe my memory of how warm things got on my previous bike, a 2003 RK Classic, were worse than I remembered, or that it must just be the catalytic converter that I didn’t have previously. But your post makes me wonder what other comments might be out there. The only thing I recall seeing here on the forum was that the passenger would cook from the converter unless it is cut out or eliminated with a different exhaust system. I guess I was expecting to feel much less heat than I actually do, so I feel the same heat you do. I didn’t bother asking the dealer about it, figuring I’d just be reminded that I am, after all, wrapping my legs around a combustible engine and exhaust, but I admit I was a bit disappointed.
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2017 Vivid Black Road Glide Ultra