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    K1600GTL Hot Feet!

    First off, I love the bike. I have about 2500 miles on it and I can't stop grinning. There is a down side however, my feet are hot. The left foot seems to get hotter than the right foot. The left foot/leg is warm from the knee down. I built some baffles but that didn't work. Do other GTL riders get hot feet? Maybe it's just my bike. I didn't notice it on the dealer demo bike, and I didn't notice it before the 600 mile inspection, which was in early June. Help me out here guys, does anyone have this trouble? Does anyone have a fix?
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    Bill Redick

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    I talked with a new owner at the MOA Rally who said his left foot and leg got very hot on the way to the rally. He said he didn't notice it when he rode it to the RA Rally. He wondered if it might be related to the 100 degree temperatures.
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    I was at my friend's house on Saturday to meet for lunch and he had just taken delivery of his new 1600GT the day before.

    While marveling at the bike in his garage he insisted I take it out for a spin. I told him I'd ride it another day since I had no riding gear with me plus I was wearing shorts. It finally came down to putting on his new Schuberth C3 helmet and taking it out for a spin in the residential neighborhood. ( Yes I know . . No atgatt lectures please)

    First time I've ever ridden a motorcycle wearing sandals and it was immediatly apparent there was a lot of heat at my feet. At first I attributed it to the 104?? temperature outside, but every time I tried to use my right foot for braking it felt like I was putting my right foot in a fire. So much so I was using the front hand brake for the duration of the ride while my brake foot was pointed outward from the bike. The left side was hot as well though I could position my left foot out as long as I wasn't shifting.

    My friend said he had experienced the heat on the left side while riding it home from the dealer, but again he thought it might have been the Texas heat. The bike probably has less than 50 miles on it so we'll have to see.

    I'm sure it will be great for winter riding, and it may turn out high temperature above 95?? summer riding might be a draw back for the k1600's. We love the cockpit outside venting fins, though it may need something like these near the feet. ???

    I will say the ride quality of this bike makes up for any pain. All I can say is wow!!

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    My brother in-law is awaiting delivery of his GT for September and since he lives in Edmonton Alberta I think the warmth will be appreciated in the crisp fall mornings. I know there have been many Times riding to the Rockies in fall/spring that I wished for heat from my RT - but never wanted that while in OK/NM/TX/AZ/UT this spring.

    I really think a long distance touring machine should not boil any body parts - especially the premier machine out there. Not looking to flame; JMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bogthebasher View Post
    My brother in-law is awaiting delivery of his GT for September and since he lives in Edmonton Alberta I think the warmth will be appreciated in the crisp fall mornings. I know there have been many Times riding to the Rockies in fall/spring that I wished for heat from my RT - but never wanted that while in OK/NM/TX/AZ/UT this spring.

    I really think a long distance touring machine should not boil any body parts - especially the premier machine out there. Not looking to flame; JMO.
    It will be interesting if this is a common problem, and I view it as a problem, because I believe (too) that body parts should not be cooked while riding. Hmmmmmm, think I'll wait for awhile to see what the threads say, and the experiences are, before I shell out some newly earned dough to buy one of these puppies. They do make me drool though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cowboyatheart View Post
    It will be interesting if this is a common problem, and I view it as a problem, because I believe (too) that body parts should not be cooked while riding. Hmmmmmm, think I'll wait for awhile to see what the threads say, and the experiences are, before I shell out some newly earned dough to buy one of these puppies. They do make me drool though.
    The bike arrived early! I went over to have a look at it today. It does have some nice flip- out wings (like the previous LTs) that should spill a fair amount of cool air onto a riders midsection and thighs tho. This guy is a MOA member but seems allergic to forums but I will ask him how his feet are going heat wise after his test runs this weekend, (it is supposed to get to +27C this weekend in Edmonton where he is) and report back.
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    Any more comments or news on the "hot feet" issues?

    Is it the same issue with both the GT and the GTL?
    Neil
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    Apparently most of the heat complaints have "melted" away!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cowboyatheart View Post
    Any more comments or news on the "hot feet" issues?

    Is it the same issue with both the GT and the GTL?
    Quote Originally Posted by Motodan View Post
    Apparently most of the heat complaints have "melted" away!
    Nope -- the number just went down during winter when the foot heaters were being appreciated!

    Both the GT and GTL have the same air/heat flow arrangements. As it gets warmer, you'll start hearing more complaints.

    I normally have BMW All-Round boots and Darien AD-1 pants on, so I rarely notice the heat. Those not doing ATGATT feel it more. I find most of the heat is from the air that comes through the gap between the bottom of the lower fairing and the top of the foot, which tends to be diverted up the shin. I expect a small air deflector under the lower fairing edge to block the foot-fairing gap would signficantly reduce the felt heat.
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    First thing I notice about this was, it is a K bike. That and the 100 degree heat while riding behind a fairing the size of a Mack truck.

    Seriously, you will enjoy the extention of your riding season.

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    left leg heat

    The k16gtl does put out some heat on the left leg not noticing any on the right. Sometimes it seems as though there is never enough. Do you remember riding your first beater of a bike it was hot, uncomfortable maybe you had to even mix oil and gas but it didnÔÇÖt matter it was yours and you were free. Back then there were no rain suits or formal riding gear maybe just jeans and a leather jacket. You got on the road and letÔÇÖs say decided to go on a 250 mile trip (3 breakdowns) it rained you got wet and smiled you got cold and smiled through clenched teeth. you picked bugs out of your teeth and smiled doing it (whatÔÇÖs a windshield and forget about Elect adjusting it. These are not beaters and you pay dearly for the opportunity to ride it but it seems as though complaining about a little heat is a bit much. Now please I am not looking to get slammed for a opinion as the saying goes but a little heat and the payment on the bike and you get to ride the coolest bike I have ever been on with owning now my 12th bike. Every bike ever made has had one issue or another as none are perfect. Again just a opinion.

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    BMW engineered this on purpose. It is a reminder to let you know you are going too slow and that you have 160 horses at your disposal to air things out.

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    So far for me the heat on my left foot is a non-issue. Yeah it's warmer on the left than right foot but I ride with heavy boots on so it doesn't bother me at all.

    Rick H.

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