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|01-25-2009 11:37 AM|
I'm with the folks on the side of starting it up and letting it run every couple of weeks or so during the winter months. I do keep mine on a trickle charger and add seafoam but I still like to run the fuel thru the system to help eliminate moisture building up, stuck carb needles or gunked up jets......Just my opinion ..........
|01-24-2009 03:07 PM|
It's about 30 degrees here in Long Island, NY but the sun in shinning and the roads are more or less dry. Some residual snow on the lawns. I couldn't resist any longer especially since I have not had a chance to crank it up since I marbled. Today was the day. She cranked a little sluggish but eventually came to life. Let it idle for 5 or 10 minutes and then swung the leg over. Took the long way around the block. Did not wear the heavy helmet, just the one with a face shield so the eyes started to tear up 3/4 of the way around and the face got a bit of bite but boy did it feel great. Don't if it did the bike that much good according to what you guys are saying but I felt terrific.
Can spring be far behind? When is that rat coming out of the ground to look for his shadow?
|01-24-2009 01:34 PM|
|01-24-2009 12:23 PM|
This was covered in another thread I ain't going to go look for, but the gist of the answer is to leave the bike sit.
EVERYTIME you start your bike you are causing wear. When it is cold out it is even worse. If you are not going to go ride the bike, why subject it to abuse?
'Canada's post about the oil does hold true also, as you are just adding more nasty contaniments to the oil by running the bike a short time.
I can understand the need a biker has to hear his baby run durring the cold months, but all you are doing is shortening the bikes lifetime. By a motorcycle video game and stay away from the bike until you can actualy ride it.
If it is real cold out, bringing the battery in to charge is a good idea too.......
|01-24-2009 10:41 AM|
Seems like the engine would get warmer on a 15 minute (or longer) ride than it would with a 15 minute idle/rev.
This issue is like "what's the best oil/windshield/tires/you name it, for my bike?" It comes down to personal preference, and there will always be differences of opinion, which is not necessarily a bad thing. OlHossCanada's rationale makes perfect sense to me: store the bike properly, and leave it alone until you are ready to use it. Most mechanics agree that engine wear is greatest at start up, because much of the oil has drained from the engine. Letting the bike sit for several weeks, and then starting it up just increases engine wear and degrades the oil, albeit slightly. If you want to lubricate the motor, hit the kill switch, remove a plug, squirt a few drops of oil on top of each cylinder, and turn it over without starting the engine.
If you just can't live without hearing the sound of your favorite bike roaring to life, or failure to do so will cause deep depression, marital discord, poor job performance, etc., etc., then by all means go out and crank it up periodically. Just know that you are doing it for your own well being, not the bikes'.
|01-24-2009 01:30 AM|
|01-23-2009 11:35 PM|
Originally Posted by EasyRector View Post
|01-23-2009 10:13 PM|
Two years ago I rode to work nearly every day in December. Not this year!
|01-23-2009 09:42 PM|
Originally Posted by weh44att View Post
In my opinion, if you have to winterize your bike, as EasyRector does, the best thing to do is seafoam the fuel, warm the bike up good with a half hour ride, change the oil, and start it back up just long to make sure there are no leaks and fresh oil is circulated through the whole system. Then shut it off and don`t start it again until you are ready to go riding in the spring. Put the battery on a tender, or take it out of the bike and into a heated area of the house.
Now in CA where you may be able to ride in any given week, or not; you don`t need to winterize, but just starting the bike and letting it run for 15 minutes or so will still add moisture and sulfur to the crankcase. I still stand by my assurtion that it is better to not start the bike unless you are going to ride it, or are doing service work that requires it to be running.
|01-23-2009 09:16 PM|
|Mastertech||Starting it up wins everytime.|
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