Warm-up

Discussion in 'Engine, Fuel and Exhaust' started by oldgeezer, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. oldgeezer

    oldgeezer Active Member

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    Should you allow your EFI 96 inch engine to warm-up before riding? If so how long should a person wait after starting, before riding?
     
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2008
  2. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    You should allow all Harleys to warm up a bit before riding to prevent leaks from uneven expansion in the engine.

    Usually a few (2-4) minutes at idle should do it, then drive easy till it's warmed up completely.
     
  3. Redfish-Joe

    Redfish-Joe Senior Member

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    My bike has FI and I wait untill the fast cold idle settles down to normal warm idle. Then as Glider said, take it easy fow a few miles.

    Respects...Joe
     
  4. threesteps

    threesteps Junior Member

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    I try to take a minute or two to warm up the cold natured beast I'm now ridining. I assumed the bike was a littled like me.......needs a little time to get the juices flowing.:newsmile062:

    I particularly enjoy warming the bike up on a ride starting from the house.........annoys the heck out of my jerk neighbor!:devil
     
  5. Redfish-Joe

    Redfish-Joe Senior Member

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    My last bike did have loud pipes on it. There had been times when there was a call to make a long run with the PGR which resulted in me leaving before daylight sometimes. One of my neighbors that I fish with said sometimes his neighbor complained to him about me, not to me, but to him. I would leave as quitly as I could not try to disturb anyone. I told my fishing bubby that no mater how bad it seemed now it could get alot worse. I guess he told them this. I haven't had any more complants.:s
     
  6. ProF

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    Starting out from home is easy for me as I live in a hilly area and can ride the bike in neutral down to the bottom of a long easy grade to the stop sign at the bottom. It's not so steep as to pick up undue speed, but long enough to let the bike warm up a bit while idling.
     
  7. Retrop

    Retrop Active Member

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    Like others with fuel injection I let mine idle 3 or 4 minutes in cold weather or until it comes off "high idle". Then I take it easy for the next ten minutes until all the fluids are flowing easily. Of course in hot weather times are speeded up quite a bit.
     
  8. wildspirit97

    wildspirit97 Senior Member

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    I think you should warm all vehicles up for a couple of minutes before riding/driving.
     
  9. whiterider

    whiterider Active Member

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    Same as the rest. Warm up for a few minutes and let the fuel injection even out. I live about 10 seconds from the main road so taking it easy is not always an option so it is nice to have the motor warm.

    I read a thread somewhere about over idling a bike. This person thought that it puts gas in the oil. Not sure I agree and I would think that thrashing a cold engine would be worse for the motor.
     
  10. drake

    drake Senior Member

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    What's all the hurry? The reason you're riding is ususlly for leisure right? Take the time to let the bike get up to operating temperature then enjoy!!!