Yesterday I had the second onboard bike fire of the trip.
This time it was a pannier which hit the exhaust. For the entire trip I had been wedging a stick in the rack to hold the pannier off, and as a fail safe I had a thing which advford gave me. Well both failed and it was fire time.
So it was back to a welder to fix the problem.
I think the bit of metal he used was his paint stirrer, hope it did not leave him with unmixed paint.
Plenty of space now. Should have spent the few dollars and done this months ago. Live and learn.