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How cold can it be to start my Vic?

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  1. nickr914

    nickr914 Well-Known Member

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    Ya, firing it up, running for a little bit then shutting off is a moisture trap.... Either way, I change my oil right after winter.... I believe in fresh oil beginning of the season...
     
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    Does your car use 20w oil? No new cars do...my Victory wouldn't start if it was much below 40 for any extended period of time.
     
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    Ive seen people use propane bull tourches in an old stove pipe you can bet your boots that gets the temp up quickly hell when I was growing up on a farm many years ago we built smal fires under the tractor and built a shroud around the tractor to keep the heat in ,useualy took an hr or so to bring it up to temp so you could crank start it!
    Worked fine ,
    Could t do that with an old HD ,to many oil leaks!
    Sorry about that poke folks could not resist!lol
     
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    Does your car use 20w oil?
    I'm sure there is a 20 in there somewhere I use 10W30 full synthetic in my truck.
    I use 5W40 Rotella full synthetic in the bike.

    Seriously, your bike wouldn't start if it was much below 40 for any extended period of time.
    Maybe your battery was old and losing power in the colder temps.
     
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    If I had to wait till it got to above 40 degrees above f I wouldnt b3 able to ride till june and shut down by the first of september!
    You definetly have other issues if the bike is hard starting even at freezing point and colder!
    Better get you bike tuned and have them do a diagnostic on electrical if thats the case!
     
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  6. Old Sarge 3/12 Cav

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    Yesterday I pulled out my 07 Vegas and she cranked right up, it was 12deg. I'd say it was a bit cold and let her run, thies Victory's are built tough, I got a 2013 XCT and the coldest I rode her was 32deg. across the desert at 70mph. now that was a cool ride. As for cold weather storage I keep a battery charger on both bikes and I try to start up both bikes every couple of weeks and let them run till up to temp.
     
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    WTH? Selling it?
     
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    My XCT lives outside all year. This time of the year mid 20's for a few days is normal. 63,000 miles of this & no problems.

    HOLD THE STARTER BUTTON DOWN UNTIL IT STARTS!!!! If the engine kicks back & breaks the starter sprag kiss about $300.00 g'by.

    Let it run until cylinders are warm to touch then ride for at least 25 miles to burn condensation.
     
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  9. Tenax66

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    Passively. If I get the right price. If not I'll try to find a way to keep it
     
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    I have started both of my two bikes (08 KP 13 CCT) in cold weather down to minus 20 C with no problem. I make sure I twist the throttle a bit and crank them over till they start, never take your thumb of starter button until it starts ( as mentioned above started clutch problem) I run them until they warm up at around 1200/1300 rpm's then let idle till I can not put my hand on top of heads, shut it down and thats that. Have never had the need to replace perfectly good motor oil with the same perfectly good motor oil.
    Regards
     
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    This bike was a shaker rig tester for Polaris, never registered but put hundreds of thousands of miles of wear and tear on it in testing before it went to Sweden to be frozen in a block of ice for FOUR years as a decoration. Any guesses as to what happened when they thawed it out?
     
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    Yeah that's cool.
    BUT starting it and then putting miles on it are two very different things....
    Just sayin.
     
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    What was the point of trying to destroy a bike then resurrecting it ? Oh yeah. I used to keep my CB350 outside during the cold Conn winters. Covered with plastic and snow. Lol
     
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    The bike never got a VIN number, it was never going to be sold to a rider. After being abused by Polaris on a shaker rig to see what 300k miles do to a Victory they sent it to Europe to be repeatedly torn down and rebuilt training techs over there. After they were done with that abuse they let a Swedish ice hotel use it as a frozen in ice decoration for four years. Point was a Victory can take all that abuse and still start and run so I think the OP will be fine if the temperature is 20 degrees.
     
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  15. nickr914

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    Why you picking on me!!!!
     
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