Hot pipes

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by Zephead, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. Zephead

    Zephead Member

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    It has been cold and wet so I have not started the bike for about two months. I know I kneed a battery tender but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I fired it up today no problem. My garage is dark and after about 5 to seven minutes of idle I noticed the pipes were glowing red near the heads. I have never noticed this before but I have not looked at it when it was that dark. Is it normal for the pipes to glow red hot like that? Other issues possibly? Everything seemed totally normal otherwise. Thanks for you comments or advice.
     
  2. dbmg

    dbmg Experienced Member

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    Remember........ Air cooled, cold startup, extended idle, lean running bike do to EPA, and letting sit still. This adds up to what you saw. If your going to start it ride it if not like Smitty says install tender and forget about it till spring..........
     
  3. Zephead

    Zephead Member

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    Thanks I'll get off my hind quarters and get the tender.
     
  4. larryjmiller

    larryjmiller Junior Member

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    You can get an awesome tender at Harbor Freight on sale for about $5. I have several and they work great.
     
  5. bobwire

    bobwire Active Member

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    check ex. bolts & gaskets, you might be sucking some air..............bw
     
  6. Iceman24

    Iceman24 Well-Known Member

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    Yep, let bike sit until spring. If mine gets started - too tempting to ride & I don't want to freeze anything off...;)