Winter riding in Aus

Discussion in 'Races, Events & Group Rides' started by AlexRSS8, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. AlexRSS8

    AlexRSS8 Member

    Hey, just me again.

    I live in Sydney, and i've read about people not riding in winter to avoid engine wear etc etc

    my question is, these people live in america (snow is fail) and Australia is generally warm all round (in your face America) but i would like to keep the motor running at its peak and prime for as long as possible so should i allow the motor to run for a few minutes before riding in winter (on those REALLY cold days at like 16 degrees celcius)

    Or should i not worry about it?

    Give us all your recommendations, if you live in Australia,America whatever, tell us what you do to your motor in certain temps, fuel mixtures whatever

  2. BoltsMissing

    BoltsMissing Active Member

    Many may have theirn own personal preferences, I prefer cold weather windy riding and rain don't bother me either. It's challenging.
    I was drenched riding in head on rain one night, it was a test to see if the water proofing at CDI/Electrics was OK and it passed.

    Hot weather, well one may have to get to know thier machine well, but I tend to not over do it on a HT. Use Good quality oil.

    OK, heres the clanger.., I HAVE used and posted my findings on certain controversial additives, namely one being Slick50 during that previous HOT spell we had. I used a old HT 50cc that I am trying to blow up, and it won't, it just keeps going.

    I added about 20m of the Slick in 5 litres, 95 octane and the rest with good quality
    2-stroke oil ( Castrol Activ 2T Jaso FC)

    I am changing to Amsoil as soon as my oil stock runs out.
    Note: I think it is best to NOT use racing oil blends on the HT.
    Equireis are ongoing though, main reason is racing oil may not have as much, or any cleansing agents cos usually a racing 2-stroke engine is dismantled and re-built more often after their races.
    Marine blend might be more suitable..., ask or read for more specific advice though.
  3. fetor56

    fetor56 Guest

    That's rubbish about ppl not riding in winter to avoid engine wear....they don't ride cos their little girls who scream at even the sightest puddle....Eeeeek!
    2-stroke/4-stroke...doesn't hurt to warm your engine before getting mobile.It's not absolutely necessary but the main thing is don't start your engine & give it high revs immediately.
  4. AlexRSS8

    AlexRSS8 Member

    Bolts missing: you are leaving me with the impression that you live in a cold part or Australia, where i live it hardly ever goes below 16 degrees Celsius, so i generally wont worry much, although in winter i'll definitely be doing something to the petrol to oil ratio, such as a little bit more oil then usual

    Fetor 56: Have you ever heard the saying don't rev a cold motor, basically going off that principal, as to say, i will be running with more oil then usual and will let the motor warm up with the clutch engaged on the porch in winter.

    Thanks for the help and i have come to a decision, thanks guys for you input, admins feel free to lock this thread, there's no need for anymore posts, but hey if you wanna say something by all means go ahead mate.
  5. cold weather riding

    To say that is I live here in canada (northern)and i've ridden in some extremly cold weather this year ,the average temperatures where -30 to -39. The motor handled just fine at those temps and the oil i'm using is castrol super 2 stroke at a mixture of 25:1. Depending on what quaility of motor your using it shouldn't make to much of a difference. Just close your choke part way,start up , warm up and then open your choke and away you go. Just make sure you dress warm and you should be fine.:red_indian::indian_chief:
  6. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    You Got to ride in the winter to keep from going nuts !!!!!
    After being on this site for 15 min. I want to go ride no matter what !!!
    Just no Lightning,,
  7. impression

    impression Member

    hehe, i rode home in the ****ing rain last night, engien took forever to start and then took me 3/4 of the way home and didn't want to start again for another hundred metres.

    maybe some water got into the magneto box ?
  8. Simon_A

    Simon_A Member

    If there is any chance water got in the magneto enclosure. Open it and dry it out. The rust even saying the word WATER. And while its open, seal up the entry hole with silastic and run a bead around the gasket when you close it up.
  9. BoltsMissing

    BoltsMissing Active Member

    And also use NGK plug, NGK Plug Cap, better quality Copper Plug Lead and seal up the CDI around all points of wire entry ( Black/Blue ) and where the coil wire screws into the CDI, seal it up there to.
    I don't use the kit's kill switches at all, the bike I rode in the rain does not have a kill switch, I simply run the carby dry when I get to destinations.
    Another bike with kill switch, I enclosed the CDI and switch in a plastic box and mounted it on the front down tube. That box is sealed and passed the rain test also.

    I am not sure, but somewhere I have read that if you completly seal up the magneto cover, you may have to drill a small hole and put in place a small split pin in such a way as to not let water and dirt in, but allow for heat-to-hot-air-expantion, theoretically speaking, or you might blow the magneto cover off !
  10. impression

    impression Member

    i have a toggle switch wired between the magneto and the CDI box, a simple small switch on the handlebars activated by the right thumb, works extremely well :)

    there's always a reverse button switch where the circut is closed (connected) when the button is depressed and cut when the button is pressed down.

    THe trouble is two fold, finding these switches, and then finding one small enough to slip into where the kit's little yellow button sits.
  11. Simon_A

    Simon_A Member

    Well I have had mine sealed for a year now. No issue so far. Just lucky I guess. No magneto covers flying into innocent pedestrians :devilish: