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Hi there,

Just a quick question regarding starting your scoots in the morning. I use my machine for commuting at present and I need to be out of the house by 06:15 each morning to catch a ferry. The problem being that by the time I've woken up, shaved, showered and all that good stuff, I'm usually running late. This tends to mean opening the garage starting the engine and off I go.

My question is: is this bad for the engine and do I need to get up earlier to let the engine idle for a few minutes? (Which I'm sure my neighbours would love).

Many thanks in advance...............
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I have to let mine idle till 2 bars on the temp guage. If I don't my oil light comes on when I slow down. (Yes I am finally taking it to the dealer to have it looked at, but I'm not happy about it) Other than that I think it's ok to just start and run. I can't do that on my GF's Ducati though. It has to warm up or it will stall out. I've done this twice mid turn in an intersection no less. Scary to say the least, Lession learned pants cleaned. 8)
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If everything is running correctly, I don't see any reason to have to idle it for more than a few seconds. I say at least a few seconds just so you can hear the engine and check that everything sounds and feels normal.
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As long as you do not WOT right away you'll be fine.
You say you have your scoot in the garage so it will not be that cold.
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my morning routine with the scooters is start it up, give it a little rev or two, drive off. on really damp or chilly days they take a minute or two of riding to clear their throats, but that's as much warming up as they seem to need.
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Start the bike, then put on your helmet and gloves. That's long enough--just be gentle with the throttle over the first minute or two.

No harm will be done, and you won't have to take risks to "make up time" or listen to guff about being tardy.

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Re: Early morning starts...........
Percival Marsh wrote:
Hi there,

Just a quick question regarding starting your scoots in the morning. I use my machine for commuting at present and I need to be out of the house by 06:15 each morning to catch a ferry. The problem being that by the time I've woken up, shaved, showered and all that good stuff, I'm usually running late. This tends to mean opening the garage starting the engine and off I go.

My question is: is this bad for the engine and do I need to get up earlier to let the engine idle for a few minutes? (Which I'm sure my neighbours would love).

Many thanks in advance...............
Wake up earlier ?

I agree with others, as long as you do not try to do a wheelie coming out of the garage everything should be alright.

Keep an eye on oil level though, easy to forget when rushing around...
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Thanks for the advice people, invaluable as ever........
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The only time I really let the engine warm even a bit is when the temperature is below freezing. Otherwise I really just start her up and get going.
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I just fire it up and go. Take it easy for the first couple of blocks as when it's really cold it'll stumble a bit.

I tried leaving it running the other day at the coffee shop. Tried to put it up on the centerstand while it was running. I grabbed the throttle to pull it back. Big mistake. I did get it stopped after it ran over my foot !

Glad there wasn't anyone around to see that ! DOH !!
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Actually, that's a very thoughtful question-

"Does my scooter deserve foreplay"

Not a commonly expressed concern.

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El Josh AKA Ruby wrote:
I have to let mine idle till 2 bars on the temp guage. If I don't my oil light comes on when I slow down. (Yes I am finally taking it to the dealer to have it looked at, but I'm not happy about it)
Are you using the recommended 5W-40 engine oil?
When did you do your last oil change?
Cold weather and and oil viscosity could explain this behaviour...
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ulysse wrote:
El Josh AKA Ruby wrote:
I have to let mine idle till 2 bars on the temp guage. If I don't my oil light comes on when I slow down. (Yes I am finally taking it to the dealer to have it looked at, but I'm not happy about it)
Are you using the recommended 5W-40 engine oil?
When did you do your last oil change?
Cold weather and and oil viscosity could explain this behaviour...
Problem fixed! Clown emoticon
https://modernvespa.com/forum/topic38151
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El Josh AKA Ruby wrote:
ulysse wrote:
El Josh AKA Ruby wrote:
I have to let mine idle till 2 bars on the temp guage. If I don't my oil light comes on when I slow down. (Yes I am finally taking it to the dealer to have it looked at, but I'm not happy about it)
Are you using the recommended 5W-40 engine oil?
When did you do your last oil change?
Cold weather and and oil viscosity could explain this behaviour...
Problem fixed! Clown emoticon
https://modernvespa.com/forum/topic38151
Hehe cool...and my thought was right (I am using 0W-40 too)
Why did you open a new topic?
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Hehe cool...and my thought was right (I am using 0W-40 too)
Why did you open a new topic?
Because I am El Josh and I can do that!
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