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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 01-16-2009, 06:42 AM Thread Starter
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-7 degree's! will the bike start?

anyone riding in Ohio today (1/16/09)? it's only -7 degree's out side with a wind chill of -29 degree's! I wonder if the bike would even start with temps like this?

that makes me think.....what is the coldest temps that our bikes will start in?
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Mine won't start in this cold, and even if I get lucky and it fires it won't stay running. I don't even mess with it now.

Your temps sound like ours. They're saying frost bite in less than 30 minutes at these temps. (-30 to -35). Our skin will freeze over in ten minutes at -40. Yuck.

I had to run out and buy some small electric room heaters to allow my furnace off shut off and take a little break. It was running non stop and it didn't really feel like it was warming the house.
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Yeah, riding today in ohio. That's funny. I went out and started by bike & ran it for a bit last year, all winter long. This year it's on a tender & partially dismantled. I couldn't fire it up if I wanted too
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We don't have it as bad here in Philly but still, 7 degrees with a -5 wind chill is pretty wicked. I started mine a few days ago when it was 17 degrees. I noticed she's more willing to turn over, 1) if she's in a garage out of the wind and 2) if you give the throttle a snap or two. I try to start her cold to see if she will, sometimes she does but if not I twist the throttle twice, let it snap closed, then try again. She came alive everytime I've tried that...
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Mine won't start in this cold, and even if I get lucky and it fires it won't stay running. I don't even mess with it now.
Me either and I ain't even that cold just +5*...
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-25 yesterday and -17 right now. It is going to creep up to a blazing 7 today. Haven't started mine since the day after thanksgiving. The good news it is supposed to get up into the low 30s next week. Waaahooooooo!

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Cold. Cold. It is 16 degrees in Northern Virginia now and will be 5 degrees tonight. That is really cold for here. My bike is in the Shenandoah Valley, 100 miles west of here, and I'll try to ride later in the week when the temperature gets to nomral, in the low 40s. I can ride all winter here, and go out whenever it is 35 and dry. I don't like the ice and rain, anyway. I really feel for you guys up North with the long winter and all the snow. It all make me want to move back to Florida again, but then the summers are really hot. Where is the best biking year around, anyway? I'll move there.
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start mine once a week, run 'er 10- 15 min, get a good wiff of seafoam, shut 'er down
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I do know it is very important to make sure your battery does not freeze...but I am not sure what temp that would happen at. Those up north in -30 temps should really bring their battery inside anyway , and charge it if needed.

It is also not really good for you bike to "just start it up" when it is extremely cold, as the oil is so slow to flow you are just adding wear to your bikes internal parts....and if you ain't gonna ride it, you ain't doing anything for the condition of the oil itself.

If you got Seafoam in the tank and carbs, let the bike sit until it is nice enough to actualy ride...and that warm battery from the house will make starting it alot easier too.

So the queston as to if the bike will start in -7 degree weather is moot as no one really wants to ride in that temp anyway............


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i'm glad i don't have to contend with that! the lowest it's gotten here in Atlanta for the 4 years I've been here is 12 degrees with a windchill of 3. i wasn't even ABOUT to go outside and try to start it, let alone ride...my gloves are not built for that kinda weather, burr!
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