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I let my Wing warm up until the temp guage shows its first bar. Is it necessary to warm it up that long, or can I start out after about 2-3 minutes and ride slowly until the temp guage shows its first bar and then give 'er?
 

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I fire mine up and head out the driveway without any warm up. I take it easy on the bike for the first half mile (this is the stop sign at the end of my dead end road) After I get up to speed from the stop sign, I take the choke off and ride away without thinking about it. I ride a 1200 and if it dows not like the choke being off it will definitely let you know about it.
 

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I let it warm up for about a minute, half-choked. Long enough to install the helmet and Oakleys. I take off and about the same 1/2 mile down the road, lift the choke and go 3 miles or 300, whichever day it happens to be, either workdays or weekends.
 

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By the time I get my gloves and helmet on my old 1100 is ready to go full throttle. Most the time when it's above 50 degrees I don't even use the choke to start her.
 

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I let mine warm up while I put on the helmet and gloves. By that time it is ready to go. Summer, no choke, winter, I keep it at about 1500 rpm again, until I have my helmet and gloves on.
 

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Back it out of the garage, hit the starter, let it burble a couple of times, and off I go.

It is actually easier on the engine to just take off, than to let it idle cold for a long time. Warms it up faster.

Just don't get crazy with the throttle until the gauge is up a mark or two.
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If you have oil pressure, you have protection. Just be kind for the first couple miles until your rubber seals become more pliable from heat & lubrication. That way things wont start to leak!

On my "Hawg", I have to let it get warm first because the barrels actually float until they expand from the heat. If I torque on it cold, I leak oil from the lower seals.:X
 

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SpiderBob wrote:
I let mine warm up while I put on the helmet and gloves. By that time it is ready to go. Summer, no choke, winter, I keep it at about 1500 rpm again, until I have my helmet and gloves on.
Winter. :dude:
 

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Rudy, You are a cruel, cruel man!

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Dubswing wrote:
Rudy, You are a cruel, cruel man!

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That's true:cooldevil: but in this case I was ragging SpiderBob for referring to 'winter' from San Dimas California. :cheeky1:
 

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Whats this choke thingy you guys keep talking about?:cooldevil:
 

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Rudy wrote:
Dubswing wrote:
Rudy, You are a cruel, cruel man!

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That's true:cooldevil: but in this case I was ragging SpiderBob for referring to 'winter' from San Dimas California. :cheeky1:
What is winter for Californians? An overnight or two of 55 and maybe a little rain? :D
 

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Choke is what you do to someone who gets in the way when you want to go out for a ride, the colder the weather the longer you have to choke them to get them out of the way....

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I lived on Oxnard/Port Hueneme CA (just north of LA on the coast for those who are California challenged) for 10 years and rode year round.

The only bad part about winter there was you had to put on a warmer coat before you could ride!!
 

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Hanko wrote:
Choke is what you do to someone who gets in the way when you want to go out for a ride, the colder the weather the longer you have to choke them to get them out of the way....

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That's one reply that I'm gonna' have to remember... :gunhead:
 

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Pretty easy to tell, if the engine stumbles and hesitates you need more choke or warm up, if not it's warm enough.
 

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Thanks, guys. You've saved me some warm-up time, gas and wear and tear.
 

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I think all bikes are a little different. You are the best judge of what your bike needs. I choke mine at about 1500 and let it go about a min. then check it. If it idles smooth with the choke off it's ready to go. the colder it is the longer it takes.



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