Join Date: Sep 2010
Putting the horse back in the barn, or the toothpaste back in the tube....
Cold starts are hell on starters and batteries. Here's what I do; I place a room heater with a fan close to the engine about an hour before I want to start it. That warms the oil, the engine, the starter and the battery. When starting (no matter the temp) hold the throttle open about a 1/8 turn.
Cold batteries have greatly reduced energy and cold oil can be pretty thick. That's why I use Rotella T-6, because its 5W starting weight has less resistance, circulates quickly and fill the lifters fast.
If you were starting it just to run it for a few minutes, that is a very WRONG thing to do. Even if it started, that would cause eventual damage. For one thing, it will rust out the exhaust system due to condensation left in there. Never start an engine unless you intend to operate the vehicle long enough for a total and enduring warm up, such as a half hour plus ride. That will boil off the moisture the engine oil absorbed - yes, oil is hydrogenous, it absorbs atmospheric moisture. It's best to leave a hibernating bike sleeping until that longish ride.
I'm sorry that happened, and as far as what was destroyed, I can't say - a multi-meter search will tell you that. I hope this was a lesson for others here.
2010 Midnight Cherry XR. 7Jurock, Lloydz AF, ATS, AFR tuned VFCIII, IAV, and T-6 and locally repacked pipes = big smiles. SOLD
to a dear friend, so it's still in the family."
2017 Spyder F3 Limited - keeps this old guy in the wind and riding with friends.
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