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post #1 of 28 Old 09-08-2009, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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Warm up...

I got into a discussion with a friend this weekend that proved to me that there are very different ideas about how to start the KLR. I was curious how everyone does it.

Assuming the bike has sat overnight. It is within the 40-60 degree range. I go full choke for 20 seconds or so, back off the choke til about half (1500 rpms) for about a minute. Let it idle for a minute or two without choke and then go. Maybe 4 minutes total.

What's your ritual?




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post #2 of 28 Old 09-08-2009, 12:59 PM
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fire and go

Fire up and go. There is nothing whatever to be gained by sitting around warming the thing up. The quicker you get going, the quicker you get the oil pumping, and the sooner you reach operating temperature. Fire and go. Somewhere toward the end of the block, thumb the choke off, because you are already warm enough.
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Helmet, gloves, and glasses on the seat.

Full choke, no throttle, hit the starter and she fires up.

Quickly put on the helmet, glasses and gloves before they fall off the seat.

Swing a leg over, choke off, ride away.

I try to keep it under 110mph until I've made it through the first couple of stop lights...

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My "ritual" is much the same as Tom's......fire it up, get off the choke ASAP, gear up and go. By that time the temp gauge has just gotten into the lower end of the normal range. Guess I'm old school as I would never put a load on a cold engine, even at that I won't hammer down until it has fully warmed.

Running clearances inside an engine are just that, clearances optimized for an engine at normal operating temperature. An example is the reason the exhaust valve lash is always set larger than the intake, it runs hotter and therefore expands more at operating temp.

I'm not sure about oil temperature and it's lubricating properties hot vs. cold. Anyone? Maybe not an issue with today's multi-vis oils.

I have to wonder if there is any correlation with the oil burners and start up habits? I've never had to add oil to my '08, that is to say never dropped below the add line in the sight glass between changes, 2 to 3 K intervals.
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My "ritual" goes something like this.

Go out to garage with the wife handing me my jacket, gloves, and helmet. Not once making eye-contact. The wife then, goes into the house, and play's "Eye of the Tiger" from the Rocky sountrack, and opens the garage door. Then she does the "crouch, and point" thing from the movie "Top Gun" (you know the guy on the aircraft carrier, that signals the F-14 to take-off) I Snap out a salute, turn the key on, hit the starter button, and realize the bike is in gear, and procede to launch myself into the bar, and break three bottles of very expensive vodka, and bend my forks.

So that's my routine

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mine is a mix between Lackjaw and Toms ritual but i realy like Mark B ritual that is awsome that one got me falling out of my chair. LOL

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That was freaking hilarious, Mark. Ok, so we're pretty much on the same page. Four minutes was probably a long estimate. I'd say it's usually 2-3 from the time the bike fires until I am riding (gently for a few blocks). You bring up an interesting point, Flash. My bike doesn't burn oil unreasonably and never has. But I would also never ride hard on a cold engine. Getting my 73 Honda started is like seducing an italian heiress. I'm well trained now, I guess.

Tom, my friend was advocating start the bike and ride immediately, but that just doesn't make sense to me. I think what you're saying is right on. Start bike, gear up and go.

I'm going to try not to incorporate wasting liquor though.




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Helmet, gloves, and glasses on the seat.

Full choke, no throttle, hit the starter and she fires up.

Quickly put on the helmet, glasses and gloves before they fall off the seat.

Swing a leg over, choke off, ride away.

I try to keep it under 110mph until I've made it through the first couple of stop lights...

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That's mine, and it goes for all my bikes except the BMW.. It's a touch more cold blooded and requires maybe 30-45 seconds of running before it's happy enough to smoothly pull away.

I think the Wing's usually ready before I am, but then again, it's a 2 wheeled car....
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Tom, I did it your way this morning. Worked fine. I couldn't keep it under 110 though.

Thanks everybody.




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Hope you didn't bend your forks!

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