Posted December 03, 2004 - 02:16 PM
I've also thought about wrapping the frame resavoir with insulation to keep the oil warm. Anyone ever do that to help keep the engine at operating temp?
Posted December 03, 2004 - 06:14 PM
One thing for cold weather, ya can't get lower than 0 visconsity.
I have a small magnetized heater I used to use for my car's oil pan. You might want to try one, 20 bucks Can.
Posted December 04, 2004 - 06:08 AM
Posted December 04, 2004 - 07:02 AM
We wrap duct tape around the front of the engine from frame rail to frame rail, top to bottom, it really protects the engine from the snow blast and also keeps the air flow down allowing the engine to run much warmer - don't worry about it getting too warm - won't happen as some snow still gets by and will keep it cool enough. If it's below 28 degrees I also block off air flow on one side of the radiator.
If you have seperate tranny oil we use ATF in that side - works great but you can't use it on crank side of engine. I've never tried a 00 weight oil - no clue how that would work but with the modifications mentioned above I've never had a problem using 10w30 or 10w40 oils -- just let the bike warm up pretty good before you start grabbing handfuls of throttle.
Have fun - winter is a great time to ride - don't know why we don't see more guys trying it - it sure beats watching TV