Warm that engine

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Warm that engine

Postby DragonRider » Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:10 pm

Last night we got a much needed downpour of rain, which lowered our overnight temps. This morning I had to be somewhere early, so I left my bike outside.
Well, I overslept a bit. And I was rushing. When I got out to bike I started it up and then put my jacket and helmet on and took off.
Since I only gave bike about two minutes to warm the engine ran like ???? and I had to keep speed low so as not to do any damage until things warmed up. Lesson learned, Ill let the bike warm for a full five to ten minutes before just jumping on.

My bike seems to run best once engine temps start showing on temp gauge

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Re: Warm that engine

Postby bcnv1100 » Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:54 am

Good stuff to know , I havent had my bike that long and thought it warmed up slow because it was older and maybe not tunned in right. It warms up as fast as i get out of bed in the mornings....

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Re: Warm that engine

Postby eklimek » Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:20 am

I understand that one might want the engine to run reliably before starting off. How does idling until at operating temperature add to this? Submaximal loading in travel should be more economical and as effective. Or am I misisng something?

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Re: Warm that engine

Postby RBGERSON » Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:06 am

You've something wrong with your carbs..or dampness created arcing somewhere in your ignition system and when the engine heated up and dried out the arcing went away...gets my vote..as this was a new to you issue. Try running your bike in a dark garage and spray water on it..watch for arcing.

These bikes don't need long warm time if tuned properly,running well with right oil in them.


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Re: Warm that engine

Postby rirons0625 » Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:52 am

I would check to make certain that the ports in the spark plug wells are clear of debris. May not be draining as they are designed and like rbgerson suggested could be more of a moisture problem than due to the temp.

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Re: Warm that engine

Postby DragonRider » Wed Jun 08, 2011 4:22 pm

Yes it has alot to do with moisture, here in FL moisture gets everywhere early in am. In mornings I find Dew everywhere including inside the air filter in both bikes. I like to warm my bike for awhile and burn that dew off and bike runs fine.
Thanks everyone

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