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post #1 of 19 Old 09-27-2009, 02:34 AM Thread Starter
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DL650 k4 when is my Wee warm enough to ride

I'm a total newbie to motorcycles and loving my new(used) K4 DL650. Besides what RPM to run cruiser style vs. highway style, I don't know when my bike is warm enough to ride. How long should I run it before getting on. 1 LED, 2 LEDs ? Or just turn it on and go.
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Is it running? It's warm enough to ride Seriously with fuel injection as soon as the rpm's settle you are good to go (assuming it's not -20 out, then it may need a few seconds).
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On cold mornings I give it time to warm up to 1 bar. On sunny summer days - I turn it on before I put on my helmet and gloves. About 30 secs warm-up.

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As others have said, it doesn't take much warming up. I usually start mine then put on my helmet and gloves and go. Even that may be more than is necessary.

As for what RPM to run, the longer I have my 650 the higher I tend to rev it. I used to lug around town at 3- 3.5 K but now I try not to run at less than 4k and preferably 4.5 or higher. Some here recommend cruising at 6K; that still seems high to me but maybe I'll come around to their way of thinking eventually.

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I'm a total newbie to motorcycles and loving my new(used) K4 DL650. Besides what RPM to run cruiser style vs. highway style, I don't know when my bike is warm enough to ride. How long should I run it before getting on. 1 LED, 2 LEDs ? Or just turn it on and go.
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My friend Jason lets his wee warm up and then drives it like it's stolen-
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30 seconds for the oil to circulate and you are good to go but don't run it too hard until it's up to operating temp. Avoid wide open throttle when the bike is cold. It's the same procedure for any internal combustion engine that you don't want to abuse. But don't lug the engine either as that is harmful too.

I normally shift around 5-6K and try to cruise the backroads between 4-5K. When I'm pushing the twisties or cruising the highway and then those numbers ramp up. The bike makes good torque in the 5-8K range so running in that range works well for me. But don't be afraid to take it all the way up when the bike is warm, the rev limiter will protect the engine.

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Just keep it under 5000rpm until one bar appears and don't red line it until two bars are present for best results. The engine warms up best with a light load rather than a no load idle so running it under 5k rpm to begin with is better than a fuel and time wasting idle.

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On cool mornings I let it idle while I put my gloves and helmet on, then go. On warm mornings its put the gloves and helmet on, start, and go. I usually take it easy until 1 bar shows.

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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.
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