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Old January 23rd, 2014, 10:59 PM   #21
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 11:27 PM   #22
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rode in heavy traffic today. dashboard water temperature read 106%C. never experienced signs of engine overheating when stuck in stationary traffic for almost an hour. but radiator fans continuously blowing hot air below tankheats up everything including the aluminum sub-frames on both sides. the heat on those aluminums became unbearable, burning my inner thighs that i had to stop on a sidewalk first chance i got and let it cool for 30 minutes before i continued riding. i was wearing denims

has anybody else experience the same thing, where those sub-frames heat up beyond tolerable limits?
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Old January 24th, 2014, 12:46 AM   #23
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rode in heavy traffic today. dashboard water temperature read 106%C. never experienced signs of engine overheating when stuck in stationary traffic for almost an hour. but radiator fans continuously blowing hot air below tankheats up everything including the aluminum sub-frames on both sides. the heat on those aluminums became unbearable, burning my inner thighs that i had to stop on a sidewalk first chance i got and let it cool for 30 minutes before i continued riding. i was wearing denims

has anybody else experience the same thing, where those sub-frames heat up beyond tolerable limits?
I would probably answer your question as both of us riding in an almost same traffic condition....and YES! Its like sitting on a BBQ oven....! I never ride my hyper on a jammed traffic condition.
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Old January 24th, 2014, 06:42 AM   #24
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My list is short - they should spend another $50 on the forks.
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Old January 24th, 2014, 07:23 AM   #25
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rode in heavy traffic today. dashboard water temperature read 106%C. never experienced signs of engine overheating when stuck in stationary traffic for almost an hour. but radiator fans continuously blowing hot air below tankheats up everything including the aluminum sub-frames on both sides. the heat on those aluminums became unbearable, burning my inner thighs that i had to stop on a sidewalk first chance i got and let it cool for 30 minutes before i continued riding. i was wearing denims

has anybody else experience the same thing, where those sub-frames heat up beyond tolerable limits?
Honestly, I rode entire summer in FL - 100+F very common - and even when the fan did kick on I noted that this is the first bike I've owned that didn't bake my legs.

My former sport bikes during the summer were like ovens.
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Old January 24th, 2014, 09:11 AM   #26
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Same here. No problem with the 'Strada. My Buell XB would cook my legs too, from the fuel in the frame heating up as it circulated through the injection system. And this was why I didn't buy a big Yamaha tourer - the FJ13 was way hot, and the Royal Star had leg fairings containing the air cleaners (?) that was worse. It's the bodywork and radiator that bake you.
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Old January 25th, 2014, 08:37 AM   #27
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i don't think this is a problem in countries with temperate climates and generally better traffic conditions. when i'm in stop and go traffic, even if speed is just 10kph in between lights and i had to stop for 2 minutes at every block/corner and even if water temperature hovers above 100 degrees celsius, i don't get cooked legs

but getting stuck in stationary traffic for almost an hour, water temp (in the radiator) in 106 degrees celsius and ambient air 35 degrees celsius (daytime normal this time of year but warmer in summer) is a different matter and experience altogether. i believe i could've cooked an 8 ounce steak if i slapped it on those sub-frames. wish ducati designed an insulation of some sort for bikes delivered in hot and humid places

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Old January 25th, 2014, 12:53 PM   #28
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Fork problem solved. For a bit more than the $50 it would have cost Ducati, but still makes a big difference. See post on Fork Upgrade.

The SP comes with wheels that might not be up to what I would do to them...
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Old January 29th, 2014, 02:38 AM   #29
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Fuel gauge would be nice and it's a bit annoying that the center stand scrapes the road I corner wtih some speed riding 1up.
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Old January 29th, 2014, 07:06 AM   #30
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Fuel gauge would be nice and it's a bit annoying that the center stand scrapes the road I corner wtih some speed riding 1up.
For now, you could try sliding the forks down in the triples a cm or so and increasing rear preload the same amount.

A more complete solution would be to install stiffer fork springs with a bit less preload.
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