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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 12-08-2015, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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I understand the reasons and why's but have a question. If I wanted to go out for a ride how long does the motor need to be ran to ward off moisture building up? Weather will be in the 40s for the next few days dropping off into the 30's at night. Is it just best to not ride?

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It's not going to hurt it if you choose to ride it for a few minutes or longer. Naturally, the longer the ride, the better.

The problem with any bike is letting it sit for long periods of time (several weeks) in cold weather without properly maintaining it. Here in the south, I know that I am going to be riding it all through our winter time which does not compare to many other areas. So, I can get by with letting it sit for a few days in my garage.

The ethanol in our our tanks can definitely do harm to hoses so you would need a fuel additive.
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The ethanol in our our tanks can definitely do harm to hoses so you would need a fuel additive.
This is essentially why I want to ride it. to get the fuel treatment ran through the bike. I filled it up a week or two ago but didn't have the additive yet

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I understand the reasons and why's but have a question. If I wanted to go out for a ride how long does the motor need to be ran to ward off moisture building up? Weather will be in the 40s for the next few days dropping off into the 30's at night. Is it just best to not ride?
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starting bike and not riding a good half hour or more you'll form condensation in the motor and gas tank. Condensation is water if you don't know. Just starting and letting idle for ten or fifteen minutes does no good. You'll foul the plugs and destroy the oil.
My bike sits in the garage for 5 months the coldest it gets is maybe 10 above. Out of the thirty some bikes I have owned I have never had a problem.

When you ride at 40 degrees or colder you should block off oil cooler.
Put a light bulb that creates heat under the motor for easier starting.
Crack the throttle a 1/8" and hold it there before pushing button so you don't get that bike fire and take out the starter.

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If you start the bike, ride if for at least 15 minutes and it should be fine. This will get all the parts hot enough to evaporate any water which has formed due to the combustion or condensation into the oil. Riding it for 15 minutes minimum is different than starting it and idling it for 15 minutes. Go ahead and do the former. Don't do the latter. Rather than start and idle it, just leave it unstarted all winter. Of course, the best approach is to go someplace warm for the winter and bring the bike

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Phil....It's OK to ride in any weather, but the important thing is to ride long enough to COMPLETELY warm up the engine. That's going to be at least a 20 minute ride. Its important to get the oil up to operating temperature to expel the moisture it accumulated. In the winter, I have a bottle of fuel stabilizer in the case and put some in when filling up on the way home. That way, its all through the system and the tank is full to prevent rust. Also, not knowing when the next ride will be, I keep it on an automatic trickle charger. That's all I do to semi-hibernate my bike cuz riding opportunities pop up throughout the winter. And when they do, I place a space heater near the engine at least a half hour before starting. That warms and thins the oil; warms and energizes the battery; warms the cylinders a bit and all that makes life a lot easier on the starter and battery.
One thing one should never do during hibernation is start the engine and run it a few minutes. That does far more damage than good. Its best to let it sit until a long enough ride/drive is in order.
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I think it's crazy all the do's and don'ts of riding. Not that I don't understand but it just seems like allot. I have no space heater for warming the bike prior to a ride. This is understandable but just seems funny to me. I obviously have never known anything about caring for a bike. I truly never knew they needed such pampering.
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I truly never knew they needed such pampering.
Bikes are like women in that respect , lots of needed pampering .

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I truly never knew they needed such pampering.
No! The Vic needs TLC. It's the HD's that need the pampering. I saw a big burly dude crying the other day on the side of the road looking at his HD with his buddies looking at his HD. No one offerin a hug! A shame!!!
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