I'm no expert, but that rarely slows my opinion creation gene...
If you find yourself coming in contact with the pipe frequently, heat wrapping seems like a no-brainer. Function has to be master over appearance.
I'm not tall, I have to round up to call myself 5-10. But I often ride in shorts (not looking for opinions on that), and if I'm not careful I will touch a pipe. Haven't ended up with a burn yet, so not looking to do any wrapping personally.
What I didn't understand is why you needed both feet down. At a stop I will often sit with my left on the ground and my right on the floorboard. And if I'm sitting on any kind of a hill, my right will be on the brake, so I can rest my right hand. Does your stature make your balance of the bike feel unsteady with only one foot down? Obviously you want to be ready to drop that right foot if you feel yourself leaning right, but that reaction should be easy.
The other aspect is what to do when sitting for long periods at idle. My practice there is this...after a long heat soak running the bike, I want it to run for a few minutes which will actually help cool the heads via oil flow. This is better than pulling off the highway and immediately shutting down. So in the instance you mentioned, I probably would stop, let it idle for 3 or 5 minutes, then assuming it was looking like a long delay I would shut the engine off. Even sitting right there in the lane of cars. I know my bike starts instantly when warm, so I'm not concerned, plus you'll see the line of cars start to move before your turn to go comes up. I avoid long idling of more than 5 minutes on warm days.
I thought this thread was going to be about construction sand or gravel on the road. That's scary stuff right there.
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2005 V-star Classic 1100