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Old 23rd February 2021
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Good point. If that's a cold idle, it might not be too bad. I'd bump it up just a bit just to make sure you've got oil moving, but definitely don't worry about getting it perfect if the bike isn't warm. It'll change constantly if you're making adjustments while it's warming up.
That was a cold idle, literally the first time it's started while I've owned it. The previous owner ran it maybe 6 months ago but didn't drive it, who knows what happened before then.

Thanks for all the videos, sounds like I had it idling pretty low and I'll definitely bump it up a bit from now on. I'll let it run for a bit longer until it warms up too.
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did you find out what jets you have?make sure it warms up(I let it sit with my hand on the throttle,fast idle 'cause it gets cold up here in the mountains)then I set my idle after goin for a ride.dont let it get too hot warming it up.keep checking barrel temp with a bare hand.after a ride the oil tank will warm up
I actually didn't check, forgot to look. I did see some text stamped on the jets and should have paid more attention, but once I found that gunked up spring I was too excited to have found the issue!
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... I'll let it run for a bit longer until it warms up too.
Ooops, not a good idea to let it idle to warm up Best to ride off. We usually start with the choke open just enough to keep it running, then close it off as it warms up while riding.
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Ooops, not a good idea to let it idle to warm up Best to ride off. We usually start with the choke open just enough to keep it running, then close it off as it warms up while riding.
I know its cold where you live but...……..let it warm up a bit before you go.i run amsoil 60 weight year round,even when its snow and ice so letting it circulate is a good thing
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I saw a 'tube
I think done by S&S. Showed how long it took oil to reach the top-end

I start bike and keep the revs up slightly for to let the oil pump work.

No warm-up just ride off very gently let her warm slow and even.

Hell it was 70* here this morning cold is not really an issue.

How you be brother Dave!

I use 60 straight and high summer throw in one qt 70 because it makes me feel good.

VR1 20/50 for coldest winter which is kind of a joke here and I got a deal on a case. But we are hitting 90* some days

And I ride these scoots like a teenager on an RD
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your doin the right deal because you live in the warm part of the state.start it and rock and roll.up here in the mountains its all 4 seasons so even a day after it snows I got the warm clothes to wear.it gets over 100 here for months at a time so its tank top and shorts for me but that's my hot weather warm up too.and hauling ass.
I do restorations,body and paint.doin a '55 ford 2 door with posts right now.work by myself so nobody slows me down.even this piece was sitting for 50 years out in the desert(lots of rust to fix)keeps me real busy but keeps my mind working.hope everythings good with you bro.
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Ooops, not a good idea to let it idle to warm up Best to ride off. We usually start with the choke open just enough to keep it running, then close it off as it warms up while riding.
I got a lot to learn! I'm really enjoying this new project so far. Starting to plan out the seat, fender, sissy bar maybe and lighting. All good fun.
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