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What are some good tips to keep a 636

It's been really cold here in Mississippi hasn't stopped me from riding though.. Is there any tips for making sure my bike stays running good in this freezing weather


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Ummm, make sure you have coolant (not just water) in the radiator.
Make sure your tire pressure is still good.
Bundle up.

Your bike is more than capable of being ridden bone stock in subzero weather.

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Wrider makes a good point. Just the basics of maintenance man. I rode in sub freezing temps. It was all good.

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It's been really cold here in Mississippi hasn't stopped me from riding though.. Is there any tips for making sure my bike stays running good in this freezing weather


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Change as much about your bike as you do your car/truck during the winter. Make sure your fluids and tire pressure are good. The only thing that needs to change is your riding attire.

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O yeah the bike gets more oil changes and coolant changes, hell I can't even remember when the last time I changed the oil in my car! Anyways I just don't want my stator going out, thought there might be a way to maybe prevent eletrical situations.... I got about 23700 so I know its gonna be soon


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Cold only makes your electrical system work more efficiently, it's heat that kills it faster, from your stator, to your reg/rect, to your battery, heat is the real enemy.

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Cold only makes your electrical system work more efficiently, it's heat that kills it faster, from your stator, to your reg/rect, to your battery, heat is the real enemy.
Try to start a car or bike in -40F weather and tell me it doesn't affect the battery.

There's a reason the more important spec is cold cranking amps, not hot cranking amps.

Also, you mean make sure it contains anti-freeze, not just water. Anything in the cooling system will be coolant. In fact water makes a far better coolant than ethylene glycol.

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No shit sherlock. But heat kills electrical systems faster than cold does. Sit a bike in a garage in Phoenix during the summer and it'll drain the battery faster than if you sit it in Alaska during the winter.

And yes I did mean put in anti-freeze. You're 100% correct on pure water being a better coolant than ethylene glycol.

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I guess it's a moot point now because he crashed and is parting it...

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I guess it's a moot point now because he crashed and is parting it...
Well atleast I can say, I wasn't doing something I wasn't supposed to be doing... My front brakes locked up on the interstate doing about 60
And when I tried to get outta the way of the surrounding traffic, I prolly hit some type of gravel or whatever, it was like hauling ass on wet grass but a lot more rough!!!


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