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Old 11-03-2012, 10:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Easy $59 fix for scalding frame

The frame heat on the left side of my 2012 is unbearable through jeans.

This solution worked for me: cutting tank pad material and attaching it to the frame. To my eye, the waffle pattern goes well with the surrounding BMW panels.

Results:
  1. Totally eliminated the burn problem
  2. Improved traction for gripping bike with knees
  3. Easily removed for winter riding, resale or shows (supposedly the adhesive permits removing and re-installing over a dozen times)
General Sheet Snake Skin Part # 62-0002-SS: Includes two 7.5 x 13.0 inch sheets of material; 0.125" thick.

Tips:
  • Make and fit a paper or cardboard template first
  • Do not extend the pad beyond the frame (under the adjoining panels). I thought it looked better that way but the extra bending angle soon overcame the adhesive and pulled it off the frame.
  • An optional stronger, permanent adhesive pad is available (which may eliminate the separation problem if you want to tuck the pad under adjoining panels)
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Although a little more expensive in the beginning... cheaper in the long run probably ---> Dump the jeans, leather pants!!! No more heat problems plus the added bonus of keeping your own skin when a get-off happens

That said, the option you've gone with is probably one of the better ones I've seen as it comes to covering the frame w/something. I love CF, but covering the swingarm and/or frame w/CF has always looked cheesey to me - like someone was trying to make something look like it was built out of something it wasn't.
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Old 11-03-2012, 03:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I like it. I don't have a heat issue but I do have an issue of scratching the frame when I ride with my Rev It pants. At first I wasn't sure why it was scuffing that area. I touched it up with some gloss rustoleum then covered it with part of a cut up black tank pad. Last weekend it was 36 degrees when I left for my early Sunday morning ride and I had the Rev It's on. When I got back the actual black tank pad itself was marred and scuffed, so I figured out it was the pants. I hadn't remembered wearing anything than leather on this bike, but now I knew. So I like this fix.
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Old 11-03-2012, 04:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Leather pants! Little to no heat with no mods to bike!



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Old 11-04-2012, 01:44 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Leather pants! Little to no heat with no mods to bike!



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Not feasible for everyday riders I would imagine. Great idea for the heat. 59 bones ain't bad. However, my bike doesn't get hot enough to burn.

EDIT:
When new, the bike roasted my nuts, and was hot on the thighs. 2500 miles later its much nicer. How many miles on yours?

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I like it, nice Job.
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Old 11-04-2012, 08:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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first one looks best, and it's definitely cheaper than the carbon fiber option. My rearsets are high enough so that I'm not completely on the frame in certain positions, but my knees will still be half on the frame and I need to have tankgrip material down there so I can have something to lock onto. Obviously, carbon fiber is slippery...
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Been doing it for a while now. Put mine on the tank side and the frame.
Extra grip plus no heat on my knees or inner thighs during the summer, bonus baby.
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:29 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I like it.
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Old 11-07-2012, 06:35 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I have made better improvements to the cut and shape to give it a cleaner factory look, but these photos give you the general idea.
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