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Are you a rider in cold temperatures? Then this podcast episode is for you! There are many misconceptions about what to do when winterizing your motorcycle, and this snippet tackles one of the most enduring ones: if you should be starting up a bike in winter storage. The podcast also touches on battery and battery tender issues and the "why" behind many of these smart tips.
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in all mandatory. Let's break it down on some things you might consider doing based on your environment and your needs and how harsh your winters are. So let's start with this. I think this is a good one. Don't start your bike every week and I will tell you I fully admitted this. If you go to law abiding biker episode number 1 30 because you're supposed to how we grew up. So my dad taught me he didn't know any better, either. We did a full episode on the Me and Oscar, and it was a really good and I did great like written article, So please go to law abiding backer dot com forward slash 130 That's Episode 1 30. You could listen to it, and I will put a link to this in the show notes, which will be law abiding backer dot com forward slash Whatever episode number. This ends up being, so I'll link to it for you. But nonetheless, we did a very detailed article and on the podcast on that, So I want to go over a little bit because it's one of the higher points growing up. That's what we did, um, we would go out if we had car sitting. Me and my old man. Um, you know, it would be our responsibility if we had a few extra cars in the driveway to go out there and scrape him off and let him run for five or 10 minutes and then turn them off because you got to keep the things sealed lubricated. You've got to keep the fluids moving and all this kind of stuff. It's actually one of the worst things you could harder things on your motor that you could do. So I'm gonna run through this very quick. And this is from my article, based on information I research and from Oscar because he's obviously great knowledge of this kind of stuff. You better. He is a motor head. You're better off just letting your motorcycle sit unless you are actually going to write it. For a fair distance, you see idling your motorcycle and cold. Not only waste fuel, but it's also stripping oil from critical components that help your engine run, namely the cylinder and pistons. Normally, your motorcycle engine runs on a mixture of air and vaporized fuel. When that mixture enters a cylinder, a piston compresses it, which generates a combustion event powering the engine. When it's cold outside, the gasoline is likely to evaporate. Yeah, so when it's cold outside, I'm wrapping my head around this. The gasoline is likely to evaporate. Your motorcycle purposely runs rich and compensates for the, uh, initially by adding more gasoline to the air vapor mixture. That's the problem. You're actually putting extra fuel into the combustion chamber to make it burn, and some of it can get onto the cylinder walls. Gasoline is a great a solvent, and it can actually wash oil off the walls if you run your motor in this cold idol conditions for an extended period of time. Um, yeah, over time, that can have a detrimental effect on the lubrication and the life of things like piston rings and cylinder liners. This can have a serious effect on the overall operating life of your engine. Your motorcycle doesn't run rich the entire winner. It only happens when the gasoline is cold. Once your engine warms up to about 40 F, the car transfers of the motorcycle transfers a normal fuel consumption consumption rates. You might think by Aisling your motorcycle, you're warming it up, which will prevent this problem. Idling doesn't really get the engine up to temperature. And until that happens, the engine control modules GCM on the engine is going to keep sending enrich fuel mixture to the cylinders so that it can ensure that enough is evaporated for a consistent combustion event. The best and only real way to get your motorcycle and just temperature up is to actually go out and ride. If you can't ride because of ice and snow, then just don't start your bike at all when you write in those colder temperatures. Letting your motor run for about 30 seconds to a minute is a good standard before you take off. Once you take off, don't just immediately open up the throttle and rip it right general gently for a bit and give it time to warm up. Um, and you'll put unnecessary You put unnecessary stress on the engine. It could take 5 to 15 minutes for your engine warm up, depending on the driving conditions. Also, because your motorcycle is going to run a bit rich before the engine reaches 40 F, you're going to get lower gas mileage than usual. The myth started in an age when all motorcycles engines relied on car braiders. Then came the standard application of fuel injection. The main difference is that electronic fuel injection comes with a sensor that feeds the cylinders the right air fuel mixture to generate a combustion event. Car braiders run motorcycles lack this important sensor. If your gasoline was too cold, your car would run rich. It wouldn't run rich. It would simply stall out In those days, it was important to get the car breaker warm before driving eso. There's two things there about how long you should let your bike warm up and article e F I bike versus car bike, car by car, bike had to pull the choke and get that thing running. And it does have to warm up before it will keep running. Yeah, it's like 70. If I bike, does all the computer stuff and just dumps more fuel in there, yeah, so let it run for about 30 seconds and then and then go. Yep, absolutely. And I will tell you I violate that every day on my police bike because we just started up from cold. We have to go. That's amazing, honestly, that they just do that. You know what I mean? Eso But best case scenario, best practice would be so there's two different things. I hope I didn't confuse the audience. There's should you let your bike run just to run. And then that also kind of progressed into If you are going to go for a bike ride in the winter, should you like, How long should you let your bike warm up in all that kind of stuff? So the basic rule is Don't start your bike up every
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