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Hot seat, never a good place to be.

So as you might know the K1100 are hot bikes to ride and I've heard that if I insulate the fuel tank it would cut down on the heat that makes it to my butt and legs.

This is what it looked like to start with.






I covered the overflow ports.



But as I'm cleaning the old adhesive off gas still keeps escaping from them.
So I siphon off the fuel. Well, most of what didn't end up on the ground.





Ok, time to apply the aluminum backed fiberglass that came with self adhesive backing.







I must say so, that looks pretty damn good, especially for someone who has never done anything like that.
I pick it up to put it on the bike and some remaining fuel gurgles out of the now uncovered overflow port and within minutes it completed delaminated what took me a few hours to accomplish.



Nothing left but the adhesive film and it was starting to lift off.



I got so disgusted I called it quits that day.

I looked around and found a super flexible, aluminum backed fiberglass WITHOUT adhesive and then did some research and found an adhesive rated for temps -65 F to 400 F and when set 100% resistant to gasoline. It's called Permatex Super Weather strip (Not the black one)

I start with the saddle this time.











That went well but the glue is hard to work with and hell to get off my hands. It took Xylol and a scotch bright. So before I work on the tank I get some Nitrile gloves.

First, clean off this junk. It took gasoline, then Xylol and lastly Dawn soap.
Note I'm now using an old tire instead of the chair.









The lighting in this pic doesn't do it justice, it really came out very well.



The gloves REALLY helped as I could just pull off a pair that was too sticky to work with and put on a clean pair, so I went through about 8 pair.

Next up, wiring in a AC/DC inverter and charging system for my CPAP.


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Nice work...

Although a sheepskin might of helped for a lot less effort and increased your comfort at the same time.
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Yes, sheepskin also for more comfortable riding and isolating all the exhaust pipes...Link to how it is done..
jmac and jane: Tenere Exhaust Problem update - Turkey Day 328 (23,478 miles)
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Thank you, however I have a 29" inseem and a stock saddle and up graded suspension. On flat ground I am on tip toes or leaned over I can get one solid foot down.

A sheep skin would make it too high for me to park / stop with risking dropping it fairly often.
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nice job, has it made a difference?
and whats a CPAP?
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Yes, sheepskin also for more comfortable riding and isolating all the exhaust pipes...Link to how it is done..
jmac and jane: Tenere Exhaust Problem update - Turkey Day 328 (23,478 miles)
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You've got to be careful with that exhaust wrap..

It holds water and dirt and eventually cements itself to the pipework. Eventually rots through too so I've heard !

Not so much of a problem in the desert but people who want "the look" in more temperate climates could be in for a nasty surprise.
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nice job, has it made a difference?
and whats a CPAP?
The real test starts on 7/30.
I'll get bck to you when I RTN in 2 weeks

CPAP - Positive airway pressure - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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