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Three years older than a 2015 Roadmaster? They only reason the pistons got removed was to deal a death blow to the clanking my engine was doing. I was very surprised to see how much hotter the rear jug was getting even with the improvements I had made to get rid of some of the extra heat. That was also running full synthetic oil also (and a oil cooler). I do think the biggest issue will be for the RMs with the crotch coolers. The lower fairings just don't let much air get to the rear jug. I have heard of one issue related to the heat from the crotch cooler and was denied warranty because of it. It would be interesting to hear from others (especially RMs) to see how many miles they have with crotch coolers and still running strong. DeanHey @Dean E, I understand where you're coming from. I just know that there are thousands of TS riders who have put hundreds of thousands of miles on their bikes with the Capt. Itch and have suffered no breakdowns.
I tend to hold onto my bike for a while, too. Good new is, even though my DH Chieftain is three years older than yours, still has the cat (I'll get rid of it someday), and the factory tune . . . I have not felt the need to pull my pistons out of it.
We will both, I'm sure, do what we each feel is best for out bikes and ourselves.
Ride Safe ! ! !
BTW, the bike is running great. No more clanking from my 111, just sweet V twin music! D