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Old Apr 28th 2018, 04:17 PM   #1
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Engine heat burning thighs

First time Panigale owner!

Just purchase my V4S a few days ago and loving the bike so far, but still in break in to give a proper review. I have one issue though, this bike burns the crap out of my inner thighs in traffic and at lights. Skin is red

I live in hot weather and been using BMW Venting moto pants, so they are relatively thin, but I really loved them because they flow a tonne of air.

First, I thought it was exhaust, but exhaust has little to do with it. The heat is pouring from the slits on both sides of the seat from the rear engine bank burning both legs pretty much equal.

Is there a good solution to this apart from full on leather pants, which I am afraid will be too damn hot in Texas heat? Maybe some shorts underneath or whatever?
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Old Apr 28th 2018, 04:18 PM   #2
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Ah, so it begins

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Old Apr 28th 2018, 04:46 PM   #3
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just do some searching and reading on this forum, we've been talking about this for years now. you'll get all kinds of feedback and opinions on how to handle the heat.
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Old Apr 28th 2018, 05:02 PM   #4
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1) Stay out of traffic unless you're slipstreaming on the track
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2) Get yourself some proper track pants

OR
3) Trade-It-In for a Ninja

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Old Apr 28th 2018, 05:06 PM   #5
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Old Apr 28th 2018, 05:07 PM   #6
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Your thighs are hugging the rear cylinder head, you never going to escape it, just lessen it.

Another "joy" of the Ducati owning experience.
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Old Apr 29th 2018, 01:05 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by thorny View Post
First time Panigale owner!



Just purchase my V4S a few days ago and loving the bike so far, but still in break in to give a proper review. I have one issue though, this bike burns the crap out of my inner thighs in traffic and at lights. Skin is red



I live in hot weather and been using BMW Venting moto pants, so they are relatively thin, but I really loved them because they flow a tonne of air.



First, I thought it was exhaust, but exhaust has little to do with it. The heat is pouring from the slits on both sides of the seat from the rear engine bank burning both legs pretty much equal.



Is there a good solution to this apart from full on leather pants, which I am afraid will be too damn hot in Texas heat? Maybe some shorts underneath or whatever?


Apparently doing the new ECU update should help with this at idle. I live in Canada, so the heat this bike throws is a plus right now


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Old Apr 29th 2018, 02:39 AM   #8
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Im having the same issue as well, its not hot its actually burning, I had to pull over and stop while riding the other day it was that painful.

Im just waiting for someone to make some nice carbon replacements with built in heat shield..
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Old Apr 29th 2018, 05:58 AM   #9
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Oh God don't trade it in for a Ninja!!!! lol
There are some tuning options like a ECU flash which can have your fans come on sooner and etc.
Its kind of hard to make a motor pumping out 1199/1299/V4 type HP run cooler. We're siting basically on top of the motta. I did see a dude do several things to a 959 to make it run cooler including swapping out its coolant. He did before and after temp readings and there was definately a change in engine heat.
But like someone said the heat has been part of the Panigale from day one.
I did try riding faster but my 1299 never cooled off .... lol

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Old Apr 29th 2018, 06:00 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by Critical69 View Post
Apparently doing the new ECU update should help with this at idle. I live in Canada, so the heat this bike throws is a plus right now
True that on both counts.
Generally speaking, there's no real heat issues riding the Panigale's (any model) even at below highway speeds if your wearing heavy gauge leather trousers preferably with a high quality cooling base layer such that are made by Alpinestars. (link attached)

https://www.alpinestars.com/products...-summer-bottom

All sportbikes run hot. Ask the S1000RR owners about their right ankle.
However, the heat is manageable when the bikes are used for the purpose they're designed for while wearing adequate riding attire. It's the nature of the beast.
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