Why? I just don't understand it, if it's FREEZING cold and my car can't even stay running, it's so sooooo cold, and you can feel how slow and cold your car is, why not warm it up? I'm not flaming, just sincearly wondering. I mean, what's the purpose of engine block heaters, etc? Isn't the hardest time on an engine when it's not warmed up? Here is what Keith A. Marshall said regarding honda bulletbikes, which are ridden a lot harder than a 1980's W123 Diesel...
I have been road racing Hondas for over two decades. Our team, Heschimura Racing, has won three 24 hour races and one 30 hour race. We won the 24 Hours of Nelson's in 1983 on a VF750. Beating all the 1 liter machines in the race on a stock VF. I was sold!
During my career in the motorcycle industry I worked for Honda Research of America, in Torrance CA. We were responsible for testing pre-production units to make sure they would last the life of the warranty and we did emission testing. We rode all models of Hondas for tens of thousands of miles without ever changing any fluids. The only maintenance we were allowed to do related to safety, tires, brakes etc. We tested many V4s that had the poorly designed heads. We NEVER had a failure during all the testing we did. We would put over 30,000 miles on the bike without ever changing the oil! This had to be done to check for compliance with the Federal laws concerning warranties.
A typical day of testing started with a thorough check-over of the machines and topping off any fluids, airing the tires, etc. The machines would then be started and HEATED up to OPERATING temperature before riding. This contributes to extended reliability and will make any engine last ten to twelve times longer. If you only would take one piece of advice to make your bikes last forever, do this one thing! We then proceeded to flog the machines for approximately 350 miles per day. If they can take this without and oil change, for 30,000 miles, think of how long your VFR could last under normal conditions!!!
Keith A. Marshall
Is this guy just a total putz?
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Thermostat. Be sure its arrow points UP.<BR>> <BR>> And don't warm up the
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