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View Poll Results: How do you warm up youe engine?
Start engine, wait until gauge shows it's warm enough then ride (more than 5 min) 11 9.73%
Start engine, put gears and helmet on and ride (max 1 min) 74 65.49%
Sit on the bike, start engine and ride (0 min) 28 24.78%
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post #1 of 24 Old 08-27-2006, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Warming up the engine - how do you do? POLL

In another topic I read about engine warm-up and I am interested in your opinion.
I did not find any previous thread on it, so I decided to post my question using a poll.
Please select the most appropriate answer AND comment WHY do you do so.

I vote for 2nd. Why?
I've heard from a talented car mechanic that an engine is warming up the fastest under load. 1 minute is more than enough for the oil to access all the parts of the engine. During the first minutes of the ride I also look at the gauge to avoid high revs until the first digit appears.


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post #2 of 24 Old 08-27-2006, 02:51 PM
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Probably more than 1 minute, though. I try to wait for 2 bars on the dash before leaving.

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post #3 of 24 Old 08-27-2006, 03:08 PM
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A buddy of mine who builds motorcycle engines recommends pretty much what Balazs said. The engine oil starts to circulate immediately to lubricate and then the parts need expand as heat is built up. When you just idle the engine mostly it just wastes fuel and does not burn cleanly. Under a light load the engine will seat everything properly and after it reaches operating temp you can increase the load to max. It is especially useful to heat things up so gaskets will seal properly.
I find that by the time I cruse the couple of Km out to the highway at under 5K I get two bars and I can start to open up. I don't push hard until I see three bars.
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That's the ticket. Start it up and go right away. Just keep a light load until the the first bar lights and don't really stick it until normal operating temperature is reached.

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post #5 of 24 Old 08-27-2006, 06:06 PM
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I warm a bike up thoroughly.....and I always have.
But remember there's no set time....it depends on the bike and on the air temperature. And Thumpers take much longer to warm up than others.
The only bike I didn't warm up for very long was my GS....cos you're advised not to. Apparently running on enhanced idle for too long can blow the oil sight glass window out....some riders even keep a spare with them. In fact, some Beemers have even burst into flames by idling too long.
But one thing about the warm up is don't just leave it running on choke, vary the revs, and engage the clutch lever a few times to circulate the oil.
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I wait for the bike to come off of high idle, then drive off.
I do the same thing with my truck.

Don't ask me why... :lol:

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I wait until warmed up. In my case 3 bars.

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post #8 of 24 Old 08-27-2006, 07:06 PM
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I normally put on my jacket, start the bike, put on scarf, helmet and gloves, then start riding. Our driveway is one km long, so by the time I get to the end and turn on to the main road the engine is warm enough for normal use. Thats two bars. I've never yet seen three.

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I put on the gears and helmet, than I just keep it light load until the second bar lights appear.
But when it reaches the third bar :twisted:

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Whatever the manufacturer recommends I do, and this is what the DL1000K6 manual states:

Originally Posted by Suzuki DL1000 Owner's Manual August 2005
Allow sufficient idling time after warm or cold engine start up before applying load or revving the engine. This allows time for the lubricating oil to search all critical engine components.
No specific time given but it does mean you don't start up and just take off, so I wait at least a minute and mostly no more than two.

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