Normal to feel a lot of heet from pipe??
Posted July 12, 2005 - 04:24 AM
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Posted July 13, 2005 - 02:30 AM
yep, them header do get pretty warm, especially without the cooling effect of high speed.
This happened whilst rounding up the cows at a farm. Lost the front on a small log hidden under long grass. I had the weight of the bike on my leg, was pretty painful that night Thats what you get for riding in shorts. I didnt have a header guard at that stage either.
Posted July 13, 2005 - 04:47 PM
hurt like a bitch for a week..
Posted July 14, 2005 - 07:23 AM
To solve this I found some kevlar fabric and cut it into strips 8 cm wide using tin shears. (scissors will self destruct on kevlar) I added the kevlar as an outside, second protective layer. The kevlar is impervious to the heat of the header. The only downside is that kevlar is yellow.
After wrapping both the header, and the pipe connecting the muffler separately, I used stainless steel safety wire to wrap the covering to keep it on and protect it from abuse.
1. Heat issues are resolved, can ride with shorts to the market and keep ALL the hair on my leg. Even in slow going riding in the jungle, heat is not enough at leg area to burn pants etc. Very pleased.
2. Wrapping system has survived 6 months of jungle excursions and washings with no sign of depreciation. Kevlar washes well with no ravelling. Even the bamboo briers can't get through the kevlar. Hi tech and a touch of cool.