FJR Top Gun
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: near Great Salt Lake, Utah, USA, Sol III
Thanks. It does get quite hot, especially when I'm caught up in traffic. I'd love to improve on that. Let me know.
The Cam Chain Tensioner holds the cam chain in close contact with the timing gears which drive it. If the cam chain slips position by even a few teeth, the valves will open at the wrong times and they can be destroyed by the pistons. In other words, almost total engine destruction will happen before you can turn off the ignition. The old CCT (with no color dot) is weak and it is prone to fail. A new CCT is strong and reliable. Replacement with a new CCT is not too expensive or difficult, compared to the benefits. You can find the CCT replacement process written up here, and on other FJR forums.
I do not have the Gen 1 heat problem, but track down these "fixes." They are not the final answers, but any help is better than no help. There is also a do-it-yourself "heat blanket" fix, to shield you from the under-tank heat (which is also good for the gas tank). Feel free to Search for more information on this FJR Gen 1 heat issue.
2008 FJR1300A - Pirelli Angel GT (Spec A) tires, RDL seat, TPMS, GPS digital speedometer (Amazon ~US$28.00).
P.S. Life is too short, and health is too valuable, to ride on cheap parade-duty tires.