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skidplate84
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keeping warm

Postby skidplate84 » Sun Jan 01, 2012 2:23 am



hey Happy New Year to all. need some help here though. i do alot of winter riding ( except when snowing lol) find the bike hard to start in the morning even with a trickle charger on and a bike cover on. any suggestions on how to keep the engine a bit warmer so the oil doesn't thicken? do they make a block heater for Goldwings? a friend told me to put a 100 watt light bulb on underneath the cover to keep it warm. is that worth a try? cheers everyone



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Re: keeping warm

Postby RoadRogue » Sun Jan 01, 2012 2:52 am

Try running lighter oil for the cooler months. 10w30 should work for you, you are in Vancouver after all.It doesnt get that cold there .
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Re: keeping warm

Postby RoadRogue » Sun Jan 01, 2012 2:57 am

A 100watt bulb placed under the bike up close to the bottom of the engine will keep it warmer. Not my first choice only because its less controlled.
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Re: keeping warm

Postby thrasherg » Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:31 pm

As suggested, I would try running a thinner/lighter oil during the winter months, your starter motor might also need a refresh! I know car starter motors can be serviced by companies that clean the amateurs and replace the brushes, etc don't know if anyone does this for motorcycle starter motors.

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Re: keeping warm

Postby wayne ian » Sun Jan 01, 2012 2:34 pm

Quick test. Charge battery then hookup voltmeter, read volts , 13.5 to 14.5, turn over engine while watching meter. Battery volts should not drop below 10, watch for return to first reading approx 30 sec. if takes to long then faulty battery. If drops bellow 10 and battery returns quickley then faulty starter.

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Re: keeping warm

Postby skidplate84 » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:07 am

thanks guys, i' ll try your suggestions.
cheers

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Re: keeping warm

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Jan 02, 2012 5:08 am

It' get's somewhat cold in Kansas too so what I have done is get a space heater, one with the little fan on it and I will throw a heavy blanket over the right side of the bike, the heat stays in better and place the heater away from the bike but enough for the heat to get under that engine, do that for an hour and it should do better..Now don't go blow yourself up because I suggested this.. :lol:

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Re: keeping warm

Postby keithg64 » Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:57 pm

If you change oil to synthetic it won't thickened up like regular oil does.
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Re: keeping warm

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:39 am

Using a 60 watt bulb (100 is a bit much, unless the area is VERY cold) is a very common way to keep small airplane engines warm for exactly the same reason.

You can get magnetic block heaters, but they won't stick to our aluminum blocks very well. Perhaps if you rig something to push one of them up against the bottom of the block it might work.

That said, multiweight synthetic oil will also go a long way towards helping your problem.

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Re: keeping warm

Postby WA9FWT » Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:01 pm

I would stick to the thinner oil,and stay away from heaters. Heaters just cause Moisture problems on the
aluminum engine....which is not good for the whole cycle too.

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Re: keeping warm

Postby skidplate84 » Sat Jan 07, 2012 12:51 am

thanks again one and all for the suggestions to get my bike running in the mornings. trying a few things has lead me to believe my starter is on the way out. has anyone replaced their starter and do i really have to take the engine out just to get at the old one out ?

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Re: keeping warm

Postby RoadRogue » Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:45 am

You do not have to remove the engine to re/re your starter. There is a very good how to article here, viewtopic.php?f=11&t=259 check out the how to articles at the top of this page just under the Title.


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