Tanji Heel Guards for the FJR1300
|One of the many tricks Endurance Riders use to stay comfortable on the bike for 24 hours at a time is simply the following: keep your body moving. Move about in the seat. Engage in stretching exercises and isometric exercises. Stand up on the pegs. Flex your legs a periodic basis. Etc, etc.Like many Endurance Riders, I move about frequently as described above. Unfortunately, this sometimes leads to my boot heel touching the exhaust pipe behind the footpegs (particularly on the right side, for some reason). This results in a black glob of burnt plastic residue baked onto the exhaust pipe, as seen below:
Multiple Iron Butt Rally veteran Dean Tanji (who also experiences the boot heel problem) remembered a small 7" heat shield that he used on previous bikes after installing after-market pipes. As it turns out, these heat shields are made by Cobra, and are readily available in most dealerships catering to the metric cruiser (and of course, though mail order.)
Here's a shot of the Cobra heat shields, with their part numbers:
And here's what they look like, installed on the bike. Voila, no more boot heel burn marks to clean off!
Here's where Dean and I got our heat shields (search the 'net, and you might be able to find them for less):
Chrome exhaust heat shield, 7" long, fits 1-1/2" to 1-3/4" diameter pipes
J&P Part #: 4420105