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Cycle News 2020 Issue 13 March 31

Cycle News is a weekly magazine that covers all aspects of motorcycling including Supercross, Motocross and MotoGP as well as new motorcycles

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VOLUME 57 ISSUE 13 MARCH 31, 2020 P63 W arming up your motorcy- cle's engine before you hit the trail or road seems like an obvious thing to do. Of course you should. But there is a right way to warm up your motorcycle's engine and then there is a wrong way. We'll explain. As a general rule of thumb warming up an engine is a good idea, but if you have a newer bike with fuel injection and run your en- gine with modern, usually synthetic, oils, you can pretty much hit the switch and go without worry, as long as you don't bounce off the rev- limiter within the first few blocks. Nevertheless, it's wise to warm up the engine first. But here's the thing—don't let your motorcycle idle too long! You could be doing more harm than good if you do. Today's engine management systems make it so you don't have to worry too much about things like warming up your bike's engine. As long as the engine isn't sputtering or about to stall, you are pretty much good to go right away. There is a correct way to warm up your motorcycle's engine, but it might not be how you think. SHOULD YOU WARM UP YOUR MOTORCYCLE BEFORE YOU RIDE? ENGINE WARM-UP

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