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The 04 R1's I'm seeing at the local dealerships all have this very cheesy looking thin black plastic thing, which I suppose is a heat shield, on the right side next to the piece of pipe with the cat and going to the cans. All the previous photos and even the Yamaha 2004 Sportbike catalog shows the R1 without that ugly piece of plastic. It looks like a last minute effort to block some of the heat from the riders right leg.

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Greg Crowe said:
The 04 R1's I'm seeing at the local dealerships all have this very cheesy looking thin black plastic thing, which I suppose is a heat shield, on the right side next to the piece of pipe with the cat and going to the cans. All the previous photos and even the Yamaha 2004 Sportbike catalog shows the R1 without that ugly piece of plastic. It looks like a last minute effort to block some of the heat from the riders right leg.

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That's the first thing I took off, even before the reflectors.
 

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Tarl said:
Doesn't bother me, so mine is staying on. :)

At least for now.

Tarl
Mine too . I think it's more of a cosmetic thang than heat shield . I am removing the Gold colored plastic over the cans though . Grind awat thos brackets and it looks good .
 
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