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post #1 of 5 Old 12-07-2018, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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Starting the bike cold

I know itís controversial. I canít find anywhere where it says first start up for the day or when the bike is cooled down in either the owners manual or the service manual that I posted (yes Iím working on it school just ended for me will work on it for the next few weeks) have a few revisions already.

Anyway like the R1 it says in the manual that you can just start and go but take it easy till itís warmed up. Iím really curious if I can just go or have to wait till itís warm.


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Iím really curious if I can just go or have to wait till itís warm.

Not controversial at all. Fire it up and go but take it easy on the throttle. Just apply partial power (say less than 80%) and shift early (below 8K in any way). Once the water temp indicator shows 2 bars you can ride as you like, the engine is then warm enough.

Riding the bike while warming up will help the engine to get to normal temperature faster and also help distribute oil quicker. You will consume less gas and also generate less polution because also the catalysator will reach its required working temperature earlier.
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Don't go full send out the door but if you're in a hurry just take it easy til it's warm. It should still be avoided because your valves clearance will fall out of spec faster but every so often won't make much of a difference.
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Thanks for the responses I do normally wait either till it gets to 2 bars or 5 min whenever I get to riding so thatís not an issue but the owners manual doesnít clearly state. Thinking of contacting Yamaha US and finding out this weekend.


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I'm still commuting every day, and it was 19F this morning. I turn it on, put on my helmet and gloves, and ride off. I'm far less worried with engine temps than other things.

I do remember when I bought my fz8 the salesman said to wait for the digital thermo to hit 100 before riding. I never had any problems cold riding that one either though, so I guess ymmv sums it up best :/
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