I've had my 2000 R1100RT for less than a year so I'm still getting to know the bike. Recently, when I had the bike running in the open garage, I noticed that the exhausts were red hot but wrote it off to having it running but stationary (no air cooling). The temp gauge was in the normal range when I shut it down.
About a week after that, the Mrs. and I took it out for a ride not suspecting any problems, but now I've noticed that it apparently got so hot during the ride that it blistered the paint on the fairing near the exhaust headers. That just about killed me to think that I did that to my once pristine RT! Once again, the engine temp gauge never indicated a problem during the ride.
Do I need to check the valve clearances or what would cause so much heat build-up in that area without the temp gauge reflecting it? Any ideas or solutions would be greatly appreciated since I don't want to ride it until I resolve the problem.