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PostSubject: Hot Blooded Bike?   Hot Blooded Bike? I_icon_minitimeTue Jul 06, 2010 6:41 pm

I just realized that today I begin my third year of riding my 2007 Swing. I bought it new on July 5th, 2008 and have logged a bit over 16,000 miles so far. The temperatures were in the upper 80's today and I noticed that my bike was running especially smooth and crisp, and it even seemed to have a little extra oomph when I cracked open the throttle. Has anyone else noticed that their bike seems to like warmer temperatures?
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Blooded Bike?   Hot Blooded Bike? I_icon_minitimeTue Jul 06, 2010 6:58 pm

What is your altitude? Perhaps there was a high pressure area around your area that provided denser air?
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Blooded Bike?   Hot Blooded Bike? I_icon_minitimeTue Jul 06, 2010 7:09 pm

Hell YEA!!! I have never owed a bike that liked hot weather so much. Better gas mileage and runs much smoother. It just likes HOT weather. I think that's wonderful! Hot Blooded Bike? 87062
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Blooded Bike?   Hot Blooded Bike? I_icon_minitimeTue Jul 06, 2010 10:09 pm

I find that I get better mileage too in warmer weather. During the winter, and winters here are only in the 40's, I get about 45 mpg but in the warm weather I usually get 48-50 mpg.
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Blooded Bike?   Hot Blooded Bike? I_icon_minitimeTue Jul 06, 2010 10:26 pm

Down here in the south that's because of the winter/summer gas thing.
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Blooded Bike?   Hot Blooded Bike? I_icon_minitimeWed Jul 07, 2010 10:11 am

Buddy:
I live at about 5,800 feet above sea level and to get to work I have to climb to over about 6,500 feet. I don't think it was high pressure. Hot air is usually less dense than cold air, so high pressure usually means cold temperatures.

JeffR - that is almost exactly what I have seen in mpg too.
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Blooded Bike?   Hot Blooded Bike? I_icon_minitimeSun Jul 18, 2010 7:08 pm

Hmmm, makes me wonder if a hotter thermostat would help them run better.
If you could find one.

OR
Is it more related to the way the fuel injection system interprets the Ambient air temp and mass air flow inputs to guess injection duration.

MaxB (who has never changed a thermostat in a 2 wheeled machine)
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Blooded Bike?   Hot Blooded Bike? I_icon_minitimeSun Jul 18, 2010 7:47 pm

MaxB, That's really a good question, I can't recall anyone ever talking about changing out the thermostat on a Silverwing. Hot Blooded Bike? Icon_question
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Blooded Bike?   Hot Blooded Bike? I_icon_minitimeMon Jul 19, 2010 10:08 am

So along the same lines, do hotter spark plugs help? I need to change my plugs in the next month. Would upgrading to those Iridium plugs make it work better?
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PostSubject: Re: Hot Blooded Bike?   Hot Blooded Bike? I_icon_minitimeMon Jul 19, 2010 10:36 am

The Scootist wrote:
So along the same lines, do hotter spark plugs help? I need to change my plugs in the next month. Would upgrading to those Iridium plugs make it work better?

this is my opinion.
Hotter plugs will help in colder temps. and in more urban short ride conditions. I personally do too much mixed driving to use them.
that stated some conditions and engines do warrant the use of hotter plugs. Engine dependant. Iff you do change to a hotter plug, monitor them closely and watch for problems of too hot cylinder temps.

Iridium plugs have the advantage of lasting longer due to less electrode wear.
I don't use them personally, And i stick to the 16000 mile OEM change reconemdation.
If you do use them don't expect more mileage or HP or faster acceleration. I think this is just hype.

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