They run cooler than HD's, go test drive a Dyna or Fat Bob. I think it's more noticeable when the fan kicks on and blows it back on your legs. My 1996 1500L runs a little hotter than the 900. I live in Texas too, no such thing a s "cool" anything these days lolI have a Ninja 650R and the Vulcan seems to get much hotter than it does. I thought "O well the seat is lower and closer to the pipes" but a friend mentioned how hot it was when he sat on it today. I do live in Texas but he' had a lot of motorcycles.