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Offline concourscharlie

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Today's Riding
« on: January 01, 2019, 11:07:59 pm »
 :motonoises: Spent about an hour and a half tooling around edmond and Okc today on the bike, running errands and such, I may need to look into some cold protection for the front of the engine, if I'm going to ride in 20 degree weather! 
I was fine, just would have liked to seen the temp gauge a little higher!
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Re: Today's Riding
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2019, 01:17:14 am »
it would help for sure to cover the bottom 2/3's with a piece of 1/16' lexan or something.

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Re: Today's Riding
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2019, 06:03:32 pm »
How low was your temp gauge reading?

I have ridden in 28-30 deg temps around town on a nice winter's day and never had any issues with the bike being too cold. Starting may take a few extra cranks but once running the bike should be fine. The engine produces lots of heat and the cowling is very air restrictive so you really don't need to cover up any of the radiators. Many here recommend you do that for cold weather riding but I never saw the need for that. Plus here in the DC area we have bad traffic and if I get stuck in it I don't want the bike overheating.

My temp gauge on cold days never gets much above the first block and that is just fine. Bike runs just fine.

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Re: Today's Riding
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2019, 06:21:28 pm »
DC,
it was 21 before windchill outside, and I was mostly on open roads as traffic was low, had a few miles in between any lights and caught a lot green.  Anyway the temp stayed just off the cold peg, never got out of the block....Bike didnt run bad or even different, I just was thinking that if some of these bikes were made with an extra heating arrangement for the carbs and such,  I believe I have read that before, maybe this type of weather was why... :celebrate:

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Re: Today's Riding
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2019, 06:34:23 pm »
You can certainly try it and see. The foil paper trick is good and can be tuned by poking holes in it as needed. Let me know how it goes... I want to see if it makes a real difference for you. I don't think you will notice any difference in the way the bike runs though.


The fuel and air mixture is the main issue here and I don't think 20 deg weather makes a difference when gasoline flash point is around -50 degs. and air density doesn't change that much in the teens.


A good experiment for you nonetheless.
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Re: Today's Riding
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2019, 07:19:33 pm »
Bikes are not affected by wind chill.
The rider is, of course.
If you can stand it, so can the bike.
Unless your coolant is frozen solid.

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Re: Today's Riding
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2019, 07:46:34 pm »
Yeah the coolant was fine, I was fine too, I was just wondering if it would be harmful to run the bike very long without it ever getting to a decent temp...
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