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Old 04-17-2011, 10:23 PM   #21
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The most damaging time, is just starting it. Once the process has been started, there is nothing you can do. Sitting there its going to get warm, driving its going to get warm.

Most bikes "shelf life" is MUCH GREATER, than the "users cycle life" bikes go through. They just get wrecked or sold way before its time to die. Bikes can easily achieve 100K miles and more. We just treat them like 10 K is a ton of miles. Riding EASY for a mile or so isn't going to hurt It, after turn key. (Like above poster stated...after 10 seconds) the process is done.
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Old 04-17-2011, 10:27 PM   #22
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Agree with everyone on here. I crank my bike, put my gear on, give the bike a once over to make sure nothing is out of the ordinary and she's good to go.

You should always do your T-CLOCS anyways. Why not let the bike run while you're checking it out?
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:05 AM   #23
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I start her. back her out of the garage and helmet/glove up. and make sure teh ipod is cranked full volume.. then go baby go, This takes 20-30 seconds tops?

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Old 04-18-2011, 11:09 AM   #24
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:42 AM   #25
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start and go warm up is unessisary and a waste of time and money
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:44 AM   #26
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I do the same as others have stated...start it up before gearing up...whatever time that takes me, that's how long I let it "warm up"

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Old 04-18-2011, 12:07 PM   #27
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On Ducatis in particular, I always let them idle for a bit first. I seem to remember the old factory manuals suggesting 90 seconds, but I seldom wait quite that long. The rockers on the desmos have historically had enough problems with flaking and galling without starting them up and immediately whacking the throttle incessantly. I cringe when I hear anyone with an ice cold motor start it up and rev the out of it, let alone a Duc. At least give whatever you're on 15 or 20 seconds at a minimum to get some oil adequately circulated. I start my bikes before I start putting on my gear. It gives me at least 30-45 seconds of run time, and I generally take it easier on them until it comes up to temp.

That which did not kill me has only made me a lot more stiff and sore the rest of the time.
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:12 PM   #28
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I fire it up and let it idle while I get my helmet and gloves on.
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:13 PM   #29
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Agree with everyone on here. I crank my bike, put my gear on, give the bike a once over to make sure nothing is out of the ordinary and she's good to go.

You should always do your T-CLOCS anyways. Why not let the bike run while you're checking it out?
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:23 PM   #30
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This is incorrect with today's multi-weight motor oils. In 10w-30, the 10 is the cold weight. The 30 is the hot weight. Its slightly more complicated than that, but the fact of the matter is, the oil thins out when cool.



oil is thicker when cool..additives help it from being too thick too start the motor
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:38 PM   #31
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but after living in ohio for 5 years and watching ppl bust radiators and even seen a few split blocks, i take the time. granted those were winter mishaps, i still take the time.

I don't believe warming up the engine has anything to do with busting a radiator or cracking a block...

That is a problem caused by not enough anti-freeze.
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Old 04-18-2011, 01:02 PM   #32
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I have no idea if it helps or not, but I almost always let my 09zx6 warm up to 130-150 before taking off. There are a couple times a week when I dont when I have to leave one job and immediately have another one to go to. I still dont leave without the temperature read on the display, which is 110* I believe.
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