I Melted My Bike
Well, not completely melted, but I definitely melted some of the parts...
Here is the story. I loaded up the Multi with the wife and full luggage, including a loaded top box, and headed out to Yellowstone for the holiday weekend. The trip was scheduled for 4 days and around 1800 miles.
The first day was a nice trip out of Colorado and into Wyoming to meet up with all the Harley riding people we would travel with for the rest of the trip. All went well until, on the third day and a particularly long straight piece of road we stopped for gas and someone noticed one of my license plate bolts was missing. When I looked closer I noticed that the reflector on the license plate bracket was gone too. Then I noticed that my little rear mudflap was melted away on one corner. I looked more closely at my license plate bracket and it had been so hot that it had melted and become malformed from the heat of the exhaust.
I am sure that it was the exhaust that melted it, although these parts are a long way from the exhaust outlet. I have turned in the pictures to my dealer to get their thoughts, but I thought I would post it here to so you would all be aware also. My biggest concern is that the edge of that mudflap got hot enough to melt away, so imagine how hot the edge of the tire was as well. That could have made of a very interesting hard right turn...
I have attached some pics for your perusal...
2010 MTS 1200S Touring White
1995 900 SS/SP
2000 Aprilia RSV Mille