Originally Posted by hkeithmurray
Well, I am in Tulsa, OK and the temp is averaging between 98 - 107 degrees. I have added fairing extenders to the radiator openings and the lower engine vents and the thing is still an oven.
However, I did run into another LT rider and he has the same issues. He told me, without prompting, that the LT is known for this issue. I put 50k miles on my 05 Road King in much of the same weather and never had this much heat.
I guess the bike has such great aerodynamics that the rider and passenger are really out of the wind, however, the heat cannot broach the air flowing around the fairing, so it just steams the riders out. I am really surprised that no one else on here ever experianced this kind of heat. I really wish there was a solution, because I love riding this bike.
Other than the heat issue, this is a great touring bike. Maybe it will stay around the house for those scenic fall and spring rides. But no more southern summer tours for this gal. Anything north of 85 degrees is too uncomfortable to enjoy.
I find it hard to believe that the LT is known for this as I don't think I have ever seen it mentioned here before you mentioned it. I've seen lots of issues with the LT such as low speed handling, FD failures, slave cylinder failures, seal failures, charcoal canister failures, rear latches breaking, etc., but heat management has never been called out. Similarly, I've read many bike mag tests of various LTs over the years and have never seen heat mentioned as an issue.
I'm not doubting you have a problem, but am perplexed as to the cause as I recently rode in temps very much like what you are in and neither me nor my wife any any heat issues from the bike itself. We were hotter than hades, but when it is 99 - 104 out you are going to be hot no matter what!
Does your temp gauge indicate normal temps? Mine runs right at the little bar in the middle of the range normally, but when riding across Mass the week after July 4th, I was running an 1/8" or more above the normal range when moving, and when at a light it would run up enough to kick the fans on before most of the stop lights would change. Even with the fans running I only felt heat when the cross wind was just right and blew the hot air onto me.