I'll try to get most answers in here.
I'm pretty sure Erik & his Team were well aware of the constraints placed on them to get a new model out, the first model of any series usually has room for improvement in my experience and as Erik himself showed when he produced the CR with many improvements over the R model. Still didn't move the radiators until the EBR models but they did realise in the end that blowing hot air into the intake & onto the engine didn't work very well.
I do tend to have time on my hands (not so much of the money stuff but lots of time) so I try to experiment to improve the running of my 1125r with bits I can afford.
I don't see anything wrong with getting the best out of my bike & as I've said before, there is much to learn & try with this 1125r, that's why I love working on it so much. I only put stuff on here so others might also benefit from any improvements that work for me, that may work for others.
If people just want to comment about me personally, that's fine, I'm just who I am trying to get the best out of an undeveloped Buell model that was rushed out & got slagged (read the reviews) pretty much for it's lumpy running as well as lots of other design details.
Mine isn't lumpy any more (That's fixed) & although my methods may not meet up with anyone else's expectations or craving for standard methodologies, I don't really care a tinkers cuss, the bike meets my expectations far better now which is the important part.
The cooling system has been on my agenda from the beginning as it certainly doesn't meet my criteria especially when in slow moving traffic.
I'll also sort this out in my usual unorthodox manner & people can watch the results.
I will also add that if anyone with an 1125r wants to come & ride mine to see the improvements for themselves they are very welcome, I don't lie about what I'm doing I just get stuff done. Whether people agree with my methods is of no concern to me.
So, Steve, just to define hot running (my interpretation) is anything over 80 degrees on this 1125r, so my aim is to keep the bike within this range. If other owners are ok with their bikes running higher temps than that that's fine by me but there is an ideal running temp for your oil & engine. Mine seems to be 70/80 degrees so that's my aim, if I can get ot to run at 75 that would be a bonus. Fitting another fan with a simple click switch from the auxiliary port seems to me to be a pretty good idea to force air flow over the heads & between the frame members, which in actual fact will also cool the airbox so that cold air is drawn in instead of warm. I'm sure we all know cold air contains more oxygen. The exit routes for hot air (Thanks Al1125r) may also need improving which will mean altering the undertray, this will still look standard to anyone not familiar with 1125r's.
As for leaving the bike alone, it ain't gonna happen till it's finished to my specs and to very honest it actually still looks Standard excepting for the exhaust. The next time I meet up with any UKBEG members take a look. If I wasn't telling you any of this you probably wouldn't be aware.
Questions like why are you doing this and how are you doing that are far more helpful to myself & others I guess than just commenting on my unorthodox methods or my personality.
My methods (I'm guessing) only seem unorthodox cause you don't understand why I'm doing them despite me trying to tell you.
Hope that answered most of it.
I'll post pics when I'm done, you can make your own assessments from them about whether the experiments were worthwhile or not. This will still only be your opinion & I've already said I don't care about those if the mods work. For the sake of equality, if they don't work I will also be honest about that, they're just experiments.