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I bought my first GW, a 06 GL1800 base model, back in June 09. I am the second owner. I've put about 12K miles on since. Most of this riding has been during the warm months. Now that it's getting cooler where I live, I'm interested in getting a little heat from the vents. However, I cannot feel any heat from the vents. I know there's no blower obviously, but while traveling, I can't really feel any air coming from the vents at all. I've checked during in-town driving and at highway speeds.

I had the plastic off while installing a CB a couple months ago and found that there is a "ductwork" that connects the vent inlet at the front of the bike to the actual vent, running through the center fin over the radiator. It seems something should be coming through.

I can't see that anything has been inserted in the ductwork that would obstruct airflow. I don't have the comfort package, so maybe there is a baffle or something inside that *would* open with a flip of a level that the comfort package has. I just don't know. So, can anyone tell me, should I expect to feel air coming through these or are they complete for looks only?

Thank you.

Brian
 

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If you are talking about the vents at the top of the dash and the vents by your knees, that's all they are - vents, not heaters.
 

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Those are supposed to pick up heat from the radiators but they are pretty useless. Air deflectors for the feet are pretty nice to help keep your feet warm but if you get down in the corners like I do you will drag them off. I bought a set and they were nice but only lasted me 40 miles.
 

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DaveO430 wrote:
Those are supposed to pick up heat from the radiators but they are pretty useless.
I can feel a little heat from them if it is pretty cold, otherwise not noticable.
 

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Dave,

How do you get hard in the corners with a "Dark Side" tire. I thought it would stress the sidewall.
 

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Nevermind did some research and found the video. Amazing how they handle. Sorry for the thread hijack.

Jeff
 

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Darksiders typically use "runflat" tires. Such tires have very sturdy very strong reinforced sidewalls.
 
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