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Starting procedure after bike has been sitting for a month?

What is the proper way (if any) to crank and start the engine if it has been sitting (OFF) in the garage for extended periods in the winter?
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Place key in ignition
Turn key to on
Engage starter
Put bike in gear and drive off slowly
Keep going until engine warmed up

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Place key in ignition
Turn key to on
Engage starter
Put bike in gear and drive off slowly
Keep going until engine warmed up
Ok but how to get the oil moving around before it starts up so that it doesn't have a huge amount of runtime without oil in the upper engine??

I started up the bike yesterday and it rattled a bit until the oil made it around the engine... then I let it warm up just idling, then drove it around the neighborhood a few times to get it nice and hot, before parking it again for a few weeks.

Is there any way to avoid the noise at the start of the run due to oil being at the bottom of the crankcase? like crank it without the bike starting to get the oil moving around??
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post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old Dec 28th, 2009, 11:46 am
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If someone comes up with a practical way to do that on a modern bike without a manual kick start lever, I'd like to hear it. But for what it's worth from a non-technical, non-engineering, non-mechanic point of view, I think if you start the bike normally and then treat it carefully for the first few minutes (no high RPMs, no heavy loads, no shenanigans, etc), I think it's the best you can do and the engine should have been built to handle that.
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In a car, I used to pull the fuel pump relay and crank the engine with the starter for a good 10 secs. Unfortunately not possible on the K12/13 bikes with canbus.

I guess you could pull the fuel pump electrical connector. But personally, I wouldn't worry about it.

Maybe put in a 0W oil in the winter months to speed up the oil flow if you don't plan on riding it but just starting it up. I've done that.

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It's so easy a caveman can do it.
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Put it in 6th gear with the ignition off and have a friend push you down the road for about a mile. That should get everything pumping.

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Place key in ignition
Turn key to on
Engage starter
Put bike in gear and drive off slowly
Keep going until engine warmed up
+1. Just start it at idle, no problems.

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If that's all you're doing is driving around for the sake of getting oil circulating, I would say this:
It's probably worse to have these several episodes of "disturbing" the bike in pursuit of keeping the oil circulating during the winter, rather than just letting it "sleep" all winter and start it ONCE after several months (only ONE rattley episode vs several smaller ones).
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If that's all you're doing is driving around for the sake of getting oil circulating, I would say this:
It's probably worse to have these several episodes of "disturbing" the bike in pursuit of keeping the oil circulating during the winter, rather than just letting it "sleep" all winter and start it ONCE after several months (only ONE rattley episode vs several smaller ones).
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