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Offline Red of Corse

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Cold Starting
« on: April 07, 2018, 01:17:30 AM »
Hi Folks, first time poster.

Taking possession within the next two weeks, and had an interesting discussion with my dealer regarding cold starting. He recommended letting the engine rev down to normal idling speed before starting off. Sounds like wise advice, but something I hadn't read throughout my research. Luckily for me, "She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed" will have a slow, 1km ride down a gravel road before hitting pavement.

Thoughts? Kindly appreciated.
« Last Edit: April 07, 2018, 01:19:02 AM by Red of Corse »

Offline BrownTrousers

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Re: Cold Starting
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2018, 07:33:05 AM »
My dealer never mentioned that to me. I can't see reference to it in the manual either.
Hence, I haven't been doing it, but I do always ride sympathetically for the first few miles anyway on any bike.
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Offline Wassers

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Re: Cold Starting
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2018, 09:31:40 AM »
Just common sense really to let any bike warm up slightly from an absolute cold start.

Start her up and by the time you've put on your gloves and helmet it's about good to go.

I notice on the Multi the idle revs suddenly reduce too, which is also a good indication your ready to go.

As you say, just steady as you go for the first couple of miles and then...... Braaaaap  :007:
Sometimes you need a really crooked road to get your head straight

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Re: Cold Starting
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2018, 09:35:14 AM »
Sometimes you need a really crooked road to get your head straight

Offline Red of Corse

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Re: Cold Starting
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2018, 11:44:00 AM »
@Wassers: Hahaha!

Thanks both, for the replies. It's re-assuring that the consensus is for a fairly quick warm-up, as opposed to the old-time method of getting to engine temp. before starting off.

It's curious that the manual doesn't have any recommendations/directions for this, isn't it? From what I've read, it's an issue that's debated as much as is the new engine break in procedure.

Offline Conman

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Re: Cold Starting
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2018, 12:21:44 PM »
 :400:
My start up procedure;
1.Ignition on
2.wait for the dashboard to settle down which lets the ECU boot up (so I'm told)
3.start the engine
4.earplugs, helmet and gloves on
5.quick "Valentino Rossi" style tug of my gear to get comfortable
- by now the engine rev's should have settled down to a normal idle, I think it usually takes a minute or so even on a cold day, so off we go.

I was advised to let the engine thoroughly warm up because the clutch can be very grabby when cold, but honestly who can wait that long. Anyway the neighbours would complain about the noise. They've already told me I'm their alarm clock for work  :006: I think they were joking.
If I knew what I was doing I would probably stop doing it.

Offline Dave G

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Re: Cold Starting
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2018, 04:30:56 PM »
The best way to warm up any bike or car is to ride/Drive it straight away. That warms all other moving components.

Wait until the temp is running at normal before hitting the high revs.
Never leave any engine idling that's not good

Offline buzzardbilly

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Re: Cold Starting
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2018, 05:14:15 PM »
I agree with a couple of the others - the best way is to wait for the revs to settle down once started up - normally the length of time to put on gloves (I seem to remember the dealer said this also). The approved method of starting off straight away at a gentle speed if fine for a car but I find a bike is a little different especially the MTS

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Re: Cold Starting
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2018, 03:17:23 PM »
+1 for the common opinion, I also let the dash settle before starting the engine and then start it up before I put on the helmet and gloves so by the time I'm done the idle revs have settled. Then gentle riding for a bit before I start pushing

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Re: Cold Starting
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2018, 10:23:46 PM »
*Originally Posted by tozes [+]
+1 for the common opinion, I also let the dash settle before starting the engine and then start it up before I put on the helmet and gloves so by the time I'm done the idle revs have settled. Then gentle riding for a bit before I start pushing

Me too!!
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