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Time to reach normal temps

Had an ice cold freezing morning this morning. About 45F degrees.
I road about 2 miles to the freeway and then about 4 miles down the freeway before the temp gauge went past the first tick mark which I understand to be "normal". Is this normal? It seems slow. I replaced the thermostat last year with an OEM. I paid extra for the Kawi P/N thermostat because I'm a bit believer in running all my vehicles at the temp range the engineers decided on.

Is my bike warming up too slowly?

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Not really sure if that's normal, I assume so. I have about a 15 minute ride to work and my gauge is slow to rise when it's cold. Not quite 45 deg, I'll take the truck. But I've ridden in the 50's.
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Had an ice cold freezing morning this morning. About 45F degrees.I road about 2 miles to the freeway and then about 4 miles down the freeway before the temp gauge went past the first tick mark which I understand to be "normal". Is this normal? It seems slow. I replaced the thermostat last year with an OEM. I paid extra for the Kawi P/N thermostat because I'm a bit believer in running all my vehicles at the temp range the engineers decided on.

Is my bike warming up too slowly?

-Robert
Hmmm.... your definition of "ice cold--about 45F degrees" is 13*F warmer than water actually freezes.
I have ridden a few days when the temps were only about mid 30s*F and the gauge was slow to rise even after idling for 5+ minutes while I was tying a duffel bag on the seat and finished gearing up. Sounds normal to me.

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Had an ice cold freezing morning this morning. About 45F degrees.
I road about 2 miles to the freeway and then about 4 miles down the freeway before the temp gauge went past the first tick mark which I understand to be "normal". Is this normal? It seems slow. I replaced the thermostat last year with an OEM. I paid extra for the Kawi P/N thermostat because I'm a bit believer in running all my vehicles at the temp range the engineers decided on.

Is my bike warming up too slowly?

-Robert
First I'm laughing at you calling 45 degrees "ice cold freezing"...

If it seems your motor in those temps is not warming up fast enough....feel lucky. As long as the motor is warm enough to idle with no choke without dying your good to go. You really should only worry about a motor over heating

It is however not good, when it is cold out, to not let the motor heat up near the Normal range. Short trips are thus bad.(This is true even when its hot outside) If it does finally reach "normal" as you ride I really wouldn't be concerned how long it takes to get there.

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My bike will barely sit above that first bar even after 45 min of riding on my "a bit chilly" rides (32 degrees) no problems with this bike or any others that I have ridden in similer conditions.

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Would be nice RobertGary to know where the hell ya are (add to profile) so that "relative" temps could be determined ...what your describing is normal from VA to NH this time of the year (even warm). At 45 air temp, doing 50mph, my bike rarely breaks the first line, and when it does, just barely...



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I have ridden in the 40's the past week and it takes a while to get to normal temp. I usually let it warm up to the first or second tick depending on how big if a hurry I'm in. But by the time I get to work (15 min) it it usually about the half way mark, maybe a little under

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I think Knifemaker nailed it! If it idles fine without choke, then it should good.

It doesn't really matter how long it takes to reach normal operating temps on the dash....as long as it doesn't overheat.

Just make sure you run (not race with really high choke) the engine a while to let the oil warm and circulate so the engine is properly lubricated before you take off.

If it's really cold, I would be more mindful of the OIL light coming on...that suggests your oil is so thick it isn't circulating properly.

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It was 30 degrees here this morning and my gauge barely moved after 30 min of riding. When it gets really cold the gauge doesn't move at all.

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