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post #1 of 47 Old 11-12-2013, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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Question Good practice to wait for one temp bar on cold start?

I'm starting my bike and waiting for one bar on the temperature indicator before I take off in the mornings (typically around 55-65 deg F). Is this a necessary/good practice or not required because the Stroms have EFI?
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I wait about 3 seconds, until the idle stabilizes, just like in any car. That's plenty of time to get the oil pressure up and everything lubed. Why wait longer?
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I let mine idle while I'm putting on my jacket, helmet and gloves then I ride, regardless of outdoor temp. No problems in nearly 2 years doing this...

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I let mine idle while I'm putting on my jacket, helmet and gloves then I ride, regardless of outdoor temp.
This, plus I ride easy and don't rev high until the first bar appears


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Any time spent idling wastes fuel and needlessly increases air pollution. Just don't do high revs on a cold engine. I like to hold it under 5000rpm until one bar and don't red line until two bars. The engine warms up best with a load.

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Thanks!

As always, this noob is greatly appreciative of your feedback.

Looks like I'm going to be rolling out quicker in the mornings!
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I just take off and ride slowly until one bar shows up, been doing this on all my injected bikes and never had a problem.
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Any engine warms up better under light load. As soon as it'll run smoothly, drive it easy--car, truck, bike.

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i fire it up full throttle and let it bang off the limiter for about 3 seconds..

KIDDING!! i just take it easy. usually by the time i'm hitting the highway i'm at 2 bars. no matter what temp it is outside.

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MY usual routine is to have my helmet and jacket on, start the bike, let it idol while putting on my gloves and then keep the rpm's down till it warms up a bar or two.

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