Originally Posted by silverbear
I've been thinking about taking off the heat shields and plastic off my H.S. 4 stroke. I understand the plastic shroud could offer some protection from getting hurt by the flywheel, but don't see where it would do much for the engine. Same with the heat shields. Wouldn't it cool better by having all that removed? It will sure look better.
Well, I'll be able to tell you if this thing blows up! I don't expect that to happen, of course. I'm sure these motors are designed for multipurpose use and there are stationary applications that would require the shrouds, but on a bike they're out in the open and usually there's a lot of air flow. So we'll see. You'd have to reach around the pull start to get to the flywheel. Anybody that does that while it's running probably deserves to get their fingers nipped! I guess they could also reach down on the other side and see if the chain is moving!