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Old 08-02-2011, 08:04 AM   #1
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Shut off bike at light?

I've noticed that some people kill the engine when they stop at a light.

Not sure if this is to save gas or if they're trying to keep the engine cool. In the heat I would assume you want the fans on to cool the engine while the coolant is circulating. If you kill the engine then the coolant temp rises regardless of the fans coming on or not.

Just wondering what the reason/thinking is behind this.

Please educate me.
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:12 AM   #2
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I would guess it was in an attempt to cut down on the heat given off from the engine to the rider while sitting at the light...
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:13 AM   #4
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I've noticed that some people kill the engine when they stop at a light.

Not sure if this is to save gas or if they're trying to keep the engine cool. In the heat I would assume you want the fans on to cool the engine while the coolant is circulating. If you kill the engine then the coolant temp rises regardless of the fans coming on or not.

Just wondering what the reason/thinking is behind this.

Please educate me.
I know hyper milers in cages do it to extend range. I've never personally seen anyone do it on a bike. I wouldn't for two reasons. It's a safety issue if you want to avoid being rear ended and wear and tear on the starter/battery.
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coming from someone who actually had to gun it to try to avoid being rear ended, this is a very bad idea.
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:32 AM   #6
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coming from someone who actually had to gun it to try to avoid being rear ended, this is a very bad idea.
We've all had to gun it. Didn't you actually get hit though? In fact, is there a thread about it or could you tell the story? One of my biggest fears is getting rear ended.

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i thought it was more along the lines of a ill maintained bike stalling. usually i'll see the guy start it right back up.
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:37 AM   #10
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I do this at drive up ATMs and Gas Pumps...
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Just wondering what the reason/thinking is behind this.
Its more of a lack of reasoning/thinking....
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Seems it would be a situational thing.... if you're surrounded by cages and traffic isn't going to be moving awhile, why not.... if on the other hand, you're just waiting for the light to change/cycle.
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:33 AM   #14
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If I catch a long light or at a train I will turn it off because my leg starts burning.
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:40 AM   #15
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I see a lot of air cooled bikes doing this
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In this heat, shutting it off isnt gonna do for cooling the bike, even the rider isnt gonna feel much of a difference, the radiating heat will continue for minutes even if the bike is off. the concrete alone is probably putting off 120 degrees in direct sunlight
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i do this to conserve gas when im running low and heading to a gas station haha
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My bike sometimes stalls when idling at stoplight. But i think its because ethanol has my carbs.
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some interesting stuff here. i do it at railroads thats about it
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