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    Starting a cold Harley?

    I always had problems starting my bike in cold weather when I lived in Jersey.

    I had to at time keep a heater on the bike overnight to keep the engine from getting too cold, this helped a lot.

    Also used thinner oil in the winter along with synthetic in the trans


    What tricks do you use?


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    Re: Starting a cold Harley?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wide
    I always had problems starting my bike in cold weather when I lived in Jersey.

    I had to at time keep a heater on the bike overnight to keep the engine from getting too cold, this helped a lot.

    Also used thinner oil in the winter along with synthetic in the trans


    What tricks do you use?


    You forgot the best trick of all , Wide...

    You moved to Calyforny!
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    Re: Starting a cold Harley?

    Yes that did the trick!!


    I just had a flashback of melting the ice off the garage door & a space heater on my motor after sitting in zero degree temps for a week, that was a bitch to start
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    Re: Starting a cold Harley?

    Yup, easy enough to avoid cold weather starts - don't live in cold weather! Yee-Haw Texas! B)
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    Re: Starting a cold Harley?

    Quote Originally Posted by TexasFatBoy
    Yup, easy enough to avoid cold weather starts - don't live in cold weather! Yee-Haw Texas! B)
    There ya go again, rubbing it in.
    I thought we were all buds here. Send warm weather.
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    Re: Starting a cold Harley?

    Quote Originally Posted by 90fxrs
    Quote Originally Posted by TexasFatBoy
    Yup, easy enough to avoid cold weather starts - don't live in cold weather! Yee-Haw Texas! B)
    There ya go again, rubbing it in.
    I thought we were all buds here. Send warm weather.
    Ain't got none today! Was 35 when I woke up and barely got into the 40's today! And had that light, misty rain crap all day too. But tomorrow back up to the mid-50's and 60's and 70's over the weekend with sun, so it's coming back! I'll try to push some your way. B)
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    Re: Starting a cold Harley?

    In winter here, I use 10W40 oil. Keep your battery well charged. It does help to sleep next to the bike to keep it warm. Had trouble starting the ol Shovel in the cold , but the Twinkie fires up instantly.

    P.S. Send some of that warm weather across the Big Pond!
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    Re: Starting a cold Harley?

    Quote Originally Posted by TexasFatBoy
    Quote Originally Posted by 90fxrs
    Quote Originally Posted by TexasFatBoy
    Yup, easy enough to avoid cold weather starts - don't live in cold weather! Yee-Haw Texas! B)
    There ya go again, rubbing it in.
    I thought we were all buds here. Send warm weather.
    Ain't got none today! Was 35 when I woke up and barely got into the 40's today! And had that light, misty rain crap all day too. But tomorrow back up to the mid-50's and 60's and 70's over the weekend with sun, so it's coming back! I'll try to push some your way. B)
    Tell ya what TFB, You can keep the warm weather a bit longer, if ya send up some of those Texas Hotties!
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    Re: Starting a cold Harley?

    I bought a lamp recptical mounted it to a board, put a low watt bulb in it and covered the bike up with a tarp and put the lamp under the motor it kept the bike warm enough and the moisture out

    curley B)

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    Re: Starting a cold Harley?

    well i have mine in a heated garage so i am ok ,
    but as previous post mentioned light bulb under cover
    ucould try a golden stick is what i think they were called
    or glow rod, they are used for the inside of metal gun
    safes to stop guns from rusting etc usually come 2-3 or 4 feet long

    Mark

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