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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 02-11-2007, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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Cold weather starting

Ok, so my bike hates the cold, I don't mind it so much.

Other than a shot of starting fluid, my M2 refuses to fire on it's own if it is under 50 or so degrees.

How do you guys get your bikes started in the cold?

Full choke or half choke?
A few twists of the grip or not?
Give it gas when it's turning over?

Or should I just give it up untill spring offically gets here?
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post #2 of 40 (permalink) Old 02-11-2007, 07:09 PM
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Mine fires, but the minute I take the finger off of the start button I have to twist the throttle, I keep reving for about a minute, then she's heated up enough to run on her own. I have a FI injected bike, and I've started down to 38 degrees. Too much snow and ice now, I haven't tried to run her below freezing this month.
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thats the beauty of FI but there nothin wrong with a carb...just a little more maintance but a buddy of mine with tl1000r chokes his to 3k rpm and lets it warm up will it can hold its own idle


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my 01 r6 starts easier in the cold than hot. It was low 20's a couple mornings here and full choke untill it warmed up a bit is all it took. Carbs. I like to twist the throttle a couple times before hitting the starter if it is ever stubborn though. (rarely) good luck

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Ok, so my bike hates the cold, I don't mind it so much.

Other than a shot of starting fluid, my M2 refuses to fire on it's own if it is under 50 or so degrees.

How do you guys get your bikes started in the cold?

Full choke or half choke?
A few twists of the grip or not?
Give it gas when it's turning over?

Or should I just give it up untill spring offically gets here?

I wait until spring. Starts everytime.
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I wait until spring. Starts everytime.
no crap!

How many times do I have to say it?

Do not start your bike repeatly through the winter!!!

The build up of heat inside your motor when surrounded by such cold causes condensation build up in and on your parts. Condensation causes surface rust. Surface rust in your motor causes engine cylinder gouging. Gouging causes compression loss which means your engine is FUBAR and will need a rebuild kit!

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no crap!

How many times do I have to say it?

Do not start your bike repeatly through the winter!!!

The build up of heat inside your motor when surrounded by such cold causes condensation build up in and on your parts. Condensation causes surface rust. Surface rust in your motor causes engine cylinder gouging. Gouging causes compression loss which means your engine is FUBAR and will need a rebuild kit!

Point recieved?
Points given.
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no crap!

How many times do I have to say it?

Do not start your bike repeatly through the winter!!!

The build up of heat inside your motor when surrounded by such cold causes condensation build up in and on your parts. Condensation causes surface rust. Surface rust in your motor causes engine cylinder gouging. Gouging causes compression loss which means your engine is FUBAR and will need a rebuild kit!

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Dang. Never heard that one before. Does it effect cars as well? I ride my bike quite a bit in the winter to save on gas so if this is true, well, that sucks big toe!
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You won't have the issue... I'm talking about these peeps in the north going out and starting their bikes once a week and the temps haven't been over 25 in months!

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no crap!

How many times do I have to say it?

Do not start your bike repeatly through the winter!!!

The build up of heat inside your motor when surrounded by such cold causes condensation build up in and on your parts. Condensation causes surface rust. Surface rust in your motor causes engine cylinder gouging. Gouging causes compression loss which means your engine is FUBAR and will need a rebuild kit!

Point recieved?
I was talking about starting it and going for a ride. I was out RIDING through January (when we were still reaching 42 in the afternoons. I AM NOT starting it in the garage just for S**Ts and giggles. Not all of us are afraid of actually riding our bikes.
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You won't have the issue... I'm talking about these peeps in the north going out and starting their bikes once a week and the temps haven't been over 25 in months!
It was in the 40's in January. It hasn't been over 25 in Weeks (not months). Don't over exagerate or we won't take you seriously. I don't start it weekly, only when I'm acutally going for a ride.
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Starting it up is not necessarily a bad thing, as long as you let it get up to full operating temp. However, if you're starting it JUST to start it and make sure it runs, then that is a bad idea and will result in the problems Gas Man brought up. If this hasn't been brought up in this thread, I recommend something like Sta-bil in the gas tank prior to putting the bike away and running the bike for a bit to let the sta-bil get into the lines.

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has anyone other than me notice the fact that we have totally his thread. he was specifically asking about starting a buell not storing or anything else.

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no crap!

How many times do I have to say it?

Do not start your bike repeatly through the winter!!!

The build up of heat inside your motor when surrounded by such cold causes condensation build up in and on your parts. Condensation causes surface rust. Surface rust in your motor causes engine cylinder gouging. Gouging causes compression loss which means your engine is FUBAR and will need a rebuild kit!

Point recieved?
Well, quite respectfully, no, your point is not recieved.

You might have said this in the past but I am new 'round here so I never heard it from you.

I don't start up my bikes just to hear them run, I start them to run them down the road.
The roads were cleared up and the temp was up to around 30 today, plenty warm enough for me.


Sorry to have bothered any of you guys during your winter hibernations.
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Well, quite respectfully, no, your point is not recieved.

You might have said this in the past but I am new 'round here so I never heard it from you.

I don't start up my bikes just to hear them run, I start them to run them down the road.
The roads were cleared up and the temp was up to around 30 today, plenty warm enough for me.


Sorry to have bothered any of you guys during your winter hibernations.
Dont mind Gasman...he's grumpy. He rides a chopper.
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has anyone other than me notice the fact that we have totally his thread. he was specifically asking about starting a buell not storing or anything else.
Well thanks for noticing.

This is the first cold season I have had with this bike and was just asking for some pointers.


Oh well, at least a few people must have read my post, .
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Well, quite respectfully, no, your point is not recieved.

You might have said this in the past but I am new 'round here so I never heard it from you.

I don't start up my bikes just to hear them run, I start them to run them down the road.
The roads were cleared up and the temp was up to around 30 today, plenty warm enough for me.


Sorry to have bothered any of you guys during your winter hibernations.
ahhh, the new guy brings all the vets down a notch. way to go slugger.
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