It's an exhaust pipe, of coarse it's going to be hot!!!
What our new machisimo wise-ass fails to realize (not having ridden a rubbermount sufficiently) is that the mid-mount controls of the rubbermount put your right leg REALLY close to the rear header, and if you kick your foot out at any angle (which I find ironically that I do) it puts your pants cuff RIGHT AGAINST the header (which never happened on any of our other harleys or other brands).
We did find a couple of pairs of pants lightly charred from this, so we eventually got the upgraded heat shield.
Not a particularly big deal, but I have heard of some people (including some people who have posted here) whose pants actually burst into enough flames to burn their leg pretty good.
Originally Posted by Quay
I got my recall notice, looked at my pipes, and tossed it in the trash. Like many other silly safety issues, the person being injured would have to make an attempt to be injured to be successful. Next thing, they will be putting shields around the cylinders so folks don't reach down and sear their hands while riding, or the oil tank will be redesigned so people can not put their finger into the oil to check the temp.
I thought it was garbage too, but read above - it could be an issue of height or joint positions, but I was suprised to see that both Jenn and I naturally put our leg right against that header.