Data Point #1Several US riders (including myself) have added additional insulation below the tank, of various types, and have found that it makes the gastank remain significantly cooler. Subjectively, anyway.
Data Point #2
One clever idea was to remove the lower "V" shaped piece of the fairing, right behind the front wheel. This guy used a Dremel tool to carve out an 8" on-a-side triangle. Unfortunately, this mod results in adding 1 bar to the temperature guage. Not a good thing.
Data Point #3
This mod, done by Kieth Goudelock of Tulsa, Oklahoma, seems to work without any rise in the FJR's temperature guage. NOTE: others have tried this mod and found it to measureably increase engine temperature as registered by the FJR's temp gauge. Try it at your own peril...
"We cut the slots with an air tool much like
a Dremmel tool -- the key to making it look good is drilling the corners out
first then cutting close to the lines and then sanding the edges back
toward the inside of the fairing (this leaves the white plastic showing on
the inside of the opening not the outside). Results:
- The Fuel tank no longer builds heat quickly
(keep it at least half full).
- The Frame still gets hot but the air coming around helps to
dilute the heat. (it is not nearly as noticeable)
- The operating Temp of the engine stays at 2 bars running and
3 bars at stoplights. (with the v removed it rose to 3 bars and
I just cut 4" off of the stock windshield and it is heaven at 97
degrees F my legs, torso and arms were noticeably cooler. Raising the
Windshield full up did not seem that different from before."
This photo shows how Keith marked the fairing piece before cutting (note the blue lines).
A close-up of the finished result.
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