How is your Harley in cold weather?

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by GimmeFuel, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. GimmeFuel

    GimmeFuel Member

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    Just as it reads above? How well does it run, etc?
     
  2. Beer Hound

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    She takes a while to warm up, but after that no problem from 0 on up to T shirt weather. Unless I leave the enricher out too long and foul the plugs.

    South east Virginia (humid)
    93 Heritage w/stock motor
    Tear drop air cleaner
    Cycle shack Drags w/anti reversion cones
     
  3. HarryB737

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    The nature of a 4cycle engine... it runs better after it warms up a bit. Take it easy on it for the first few miles, things are tight. :s
     
  4. Iceman24

    Iceman24 Well-Known Member

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    Only ridded in low-mid 30's so far, but after a few minute warm-up she's good to go. No sputtering, pausing, hiccup, etc...that's the beauty of EFI. Now, my 05 XL1200 Sporty (carb) was a different animal. Pretty cold blooded for the 1st few miles, even after warm-up, and a few "hesitations" along the way when riding. I didn't have a tuner (Stage-1 & pipes) which would've helped a bit to fine tune these out. Overall - very pleased w/the 09 FLHX in hot & cold weather riding.
     
  5. ultradoc

    ultradoc Active Member

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    A little sluggish at first but after she gets warmed up not a problem
     
  6. Trek

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    My bike loves the cooler air. It even sounds a little different when I twist on the throttle, or maybe it's just my imagination. Either way it runs great.
     
  7. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    The '94FLSTC carb. likes to be warmed up a couple of min. before we take off, than runs fine. The '05FLTRI FI settles right down after 10 or 20 sec., but I let it run a couple of min to warm up and it really likes the cool mornings. I guess we are talking relative temps. because here in FL. we don't get much like my northern friends. Now the rider is a different story, I don't run real well in the cold.
     
  8. Porter

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    Fine as far as mechanical/motor issues. If you are pushing it, temp does make a difference on tire grip, but most and my riding style it is not a factor. Only something to think about in are panic braking situation or evasive manuever.
    But, riding is much more about your senses, and the definition of "cold" is different for everyone. I think eveyone probably has the perfect temperture/speed/gear that they individually love to be riding it at various times of the year. For me and full leathers, it is about 40 degrees in Maryland.

    I bring this up because how comfortable I feel impacts how I interpret the handling of the bike and how I react. When it feels my personal "perfect", I feel really tuned into the throttle and suspension. Sometimes perception is reality.:)
     
  9. ultrat

    ultrat Senior Member Contributor

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    same here..o9 flh....
     
  10. Duane53

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    My 04 Heritage runs fine in the cold. JUst the old guy sitting on it doesn't like the cold.