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Engine maintenance Question

I have a question about motorcycle engine maintenance. I know how to take care of a bike during the riding season and I know how to properly winterize my bike during the off season. I now have five bike and I honestly do not have time to ride them all. I have my daily riders and I have those that I only ride maybe once a month. I'm good with all of the regular things, like fluids, lube, and cleanliness. My question is about the engine start up. I feel like I'm doing some sort of damage every time I start it after a month of no activity. When we winterize the bike, you put some oil in the plug holes to help with dry start. I have my track ZX6R and my street R1 that will only get riding love maybe only once a month. Do I just start the bikes every week, do I not worry and just start them to ride when ready? What is everyone doing with bikes that only see action maybe once every month or two.
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The advice I've heard is not to start them unless you're actually going to ride it and get the engine up to full operating temperature.
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Re: Engine maintenance Question

Some of the oil is still stuck to the cam and cylinder walls. Just keep the batteries charged and the tires overinflated and off concrete (or on stands if you can). Reset the tire pressure when it's time to ride.

Starting an engine and not running it for at least a half hour is not favorable for it due to moisture and condensation inside the cylinder that makes it's way down to the oil pan.

When the engine is run at full operating temperature, the water suspended in the oil vaporizes given enough time (approx. 30 mins). The water cycle starts again every time the engine is shut down, a necessary ingredient for corrosion. This is why winterizing oil is thicker because it adheres to the metal parts better than motor oil with some of the additives designed specifically to adhere to metals in a static machine.

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Re: Engine maintenance Question

Ok so moral story is keep doing what I've been doing. I usually do not start them and just do so when I'm ready to ride. If I do start the bike I let it run for about 20 minutes. The fan keep kicking in bringing the engine temperature down to proper operating temperature every time it get too high. Is the long period of time I allow the engine to run sufficient to evaporate the moisture? The engine seems to operate at a higher temperature when let to just idle for an extended time compared to just riding around for 20 minutes.
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Re: Engine maintenance Question

If you don't plan to ride it, don't start it. If you leave it parked for an extended period of time, then you want to do your storage prep (IIRC 3+months).
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