Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: The Northwet, U.S.
There are hills in any direction that I go from home, so I always give it 1 bar before I take off so it's not having to work hard when it's completely cold. I then accelerate no more than moderately until it's fully warm.
The one place that I have to take off almost immediately with a cold engine is after a ferry crossing in the winter. The bikes go in the front of the boat and get full wind blast, so it can easily be back to 0 bars after a 30 minute crossing. Not much choice but to start and go right up the ramp at the dock, but I do at least wait until the idle settles, ride gently, and then stop in the parking lot to wait for 1 bar.
But that's just me.